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SNC-Lavalin lands Voisey’s Bay contract

A subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin has already started doing engineering and construction management for the new mine and...

June 17, 2003   Canadian Consulting Engineer

A subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin has already started doing engineering and construction management for the new mine and related facilities at Voisey’s Bay in Labrador, a site which is reputed to have huge nickel and other mineral deposits.<br>
The SNC subsidiary is BAE-Newplan Group of Newfoundland and Labrador. The contract with Voisey’s Bay Nickel Company/Inco was won after SNC did a feasibility study done earlier this year. Construction involves an open pit mine, concentrator and port facilities. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2005.<br>
SNC-Lavalin project manager Don Holley says that the firm is committed to “solutions which meet the challenges of remote site construction in a sub-Arctic climate, and at the same time [it] promotes cooperation between Aboriginal Peoples, the private sector and various government departments.”<br>
Diamond Fields, the company that funded the two prospectors who made the Voisey’s Bay discovery, announced the discovery of a major nickel-copper-cobalt sulphide ore body in 1994. By July 1995, drilling had defined 31.7 million tons of ore with a grade of 2.83% nickel, 1.68% copper and 0.12% cobalt. <br>
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