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Jul 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM
SIX YEARS after it bought the site of a former molybdenum mine at Kitsault on the north coast, followed by intensive periods of drilling and exploration and then thousands of pages of technical, environmental and other studies leading up to federal and provincial approvals and an economic benefits deal signed with the Nisga’a Nation, Avanti Mining is working up to what it expects will be full-on construction starting next year for a revived operation to open in 2017.
The work being done this summer and into fall consists of building a four kilometre road to where the mine’s planned main processing plant will be and site clearing and preparation for an accommodation camp.
“It’ll be of the same standard as a forest service road,” said Avanti chief operating officer Jeff Lowe of the gravelled access road which will branch off of an existing forest service road.
Work at the plant site includes expanding the current 50-person exploration camp to hold 150 people and preparing the ground for permanent facilities such as a kitchen, rec centre and offices, he said.
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