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NorZinc Announces New Road, New Beginning – Completes Phase 1 of the All-Season Access Road at Prairie Creek

Press Release

Vancouver, British Columbia ─ April 20, 2023 ─ NorZinc Ltd. (the “Company” or “NorZinc”) is pleased to announce it has completed construction of Phase 1 of the All-Season access Road (“ASR”) to its Prairie Creek Mine located in the Northwest Territories, Canada. This represents a significant milestone for the Company achieving the first land access to the Prairie Creek Mine in over 40 years.

The ASR alignment runs 170km from Liard Highway 7 to the Prairie Creek Mine and will ultimately consist of a 5m wide single lane road to support the resupply of the Prairie Creek Mine and for concentrate transportation to Liard Highway 7. The ASR will cross the Liard River near Nahanni Butte and will utilize conventional barge during non-winter operations and ice bridge Prairie Creek All-Season Road Project 2 during winter operations.

Phase 1 ASR construction, also known as the Pioneer Winter Road (“PWR”), included a mulched trail followed by typical and non-typical winter road construction. The PWR was constructed to allow access to the Phase 2 ASR alignment in order to complete various geotechnical studies to gather information on permafrost and ground conditions among other objectives. These studies were completed by land and helicopter assisted field teams and included ground penetrating radar, test pitting and bore hole drilling, the latter of which is expected to be substantially complete by the end of this month.

“Completion of Phase 1 of the ASR marks a significant milestone for the Company, not only in providing seasonal land access to the Prairie Creek Mine, but it also demonstrates the hard work and investment we have made to the Project, our team and the community,” said Rohan Hazelton, President & CEO, NorZinc. “The Company is grateful for the support provided by its First Nations partners, especially Naha Dehe Dene Band and Liidlii Kue First Nation, whose ongoing assistance in working with key stakeholders, as well as direct and indirect participation in the project as employees, contractors, and vendors, has been integral to the completion of this venture.”

Ice Bridge Crossing over Liard River

Winter Road at kilometer 25.8

Excavator cutting side slope at kilometer 134.2

In parallel with construction of Phase 1 of the ASR, the Company has been actively working with both territorial and federal regulatory authorities towards completion and approval of the required Management Plans for Phase 2 ASR construction, which represents the final step to completion of the fully operational year-round access road to the Prairie Creek Project.

The second phase of the ASR will include installation of bridges and culverts, and other road construction activities to complete the ASR, which the Company expects to commence in 2024.

About NorZinc

NorZinc Ltd. is a privately held mining company headquartered in Vancouver, BC. The Company is focused on the development of its high-grade zinc, silver and lead Prairie Creek Project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The Company has an experienced Leadership team along with an established site infrastructure and is dedicated to responsible mining in the communities in which it operates.

Contact Information

Rohan Hazelton, President & CEO
Tel: (604) 688-2001 or Toll-free:1-866-688-2001
E-mail: [email protected]


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