Gowest is temporarily moving the Bradshaw mine to a “Care and Maintenance” phase, which is expected to continue until about next summer when the mill is ready to begin processing ore.
That’s according to Gowest officials who say the Northern Sun tailings pond will also need to be completed, adding drilling and blasting has already begun, and is expected to wrap in July 2024. They share they’re pleased with the “great deal of progress” that’s been achieved since the work began in April.
“Overall, underground capital development is advancing in the East Zone and the Central Zone. Ore sills are being developed on the 100 m level in the East Zone and the mining team is about to access sills in the Central Zone on the 85 m level,” shared officials. “The installation of the main fan and heater on surface is progressing well, and should be operational this month. This will include the conversion on site from diesel to compressed natural gas, which offers further money savings.”
“We look forward to the continuing support of our principal investment group, especially as we work to balance the complexities of bringing Bradshaw into production and helping to see completion of the upgrade of Northern Sun’s mill at the same time we continue to expand the value of our gold assets, for the benefit of all of our investors,” said Observed President and CEO, Dan Gagnon. “We have made good progress in advancing the mine and we look forward to seeing the first gold poured from there in less than a year.”