Labrador West wel­comes the Moss Pit

IOC of­fi­cial opens its Wabush 3 project

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

A cold brisk wind and snow on the ground greeted of­fi­cials to the open­ing of the new­est min­ing pit at the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada (IOC) site on Tues­day morn­ing, Sept. 23.

High up in the hills above Labrador City spe­cial guests and work­ers gath­ered as IOC’s CEO and Pres­i­dent Clay­ton Walker and Premier Dwight Ball cut the rib­bon to de­clare the pit of­fi­cially open.

The Wabush 3 project is named the Moss Pitt in hon­our of Dr. A.E. (Ab) Moss who played a piv­otal role in the early ex­plo­ration and de­vel­op­ment of the mine in the 1950s.

IOC pres­i­dent Clay­ton Walker called it a his­toric day for the com­pany.

“The new pit will in­crease IOC’s pro­duc­tion, ex­tend the life of the op­er­a­tion to 50 years and re­duce op­er­at­ing costs,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the Moss Pit is a $79 mil­lion in­vest­ment.

Premier Dwight Ball thanked IOC for its in­vest­ment in Labrador, say­ing this new­est project will mean more jobs and spinoff ben­e­fits for the lo­cal econ­omy.

Siob­han Coady, the prov­ince’s min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for nat­u­ral re­sources, added the project will also ben­e­fit the pro­vin­cial econ­omy.

IOC’s Chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, Thierry Martel, said the project was achieved on time and on bud­get with a lot of co­op­er­a­tion.

It took 15 months and 70 peo­ple to com­plete the Moss Pit, he said, adding co-op­er­a­tion from the staff, the union, the towns, the prov­ince and the project team con­trib­uted to that achieve­ment.

Toby Leon, Pres­i­dent of the Labrador West Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the project is good news for Labrador West .

“In­creased pro­duc­tion will mean more spinoffs for the busi­ness com­mu­nity, for sup­pli­ers and ser­vice providers,” he said.

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Labrador City Mayor Wayne But­ton added, “This project sym­bol­izes just how far the com­mu­nity and IOC have come th­ese last few years. The com­mu­nity now knows there is a long fu­ture in the world of min­ing.”

First Ore from the Moss pit is ex­pected to ship the third quar­ter of this year.

MIKE POWER PHOTO

At an of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony for the Wabush 3 min­ing project last week, a plaque was un­veiled nam­ing the site the Moss Pit. Brad Wall is the em­ployee who sug­gested nam­ing the pit in hon­our Dr. A.E. (Ab) Moss who played a piv­otal role in the early ex­plo­ration and de­vel­op­ment of the mine in the 1950s. See more photos Page 5.

This view shows the prox­im­ity of the Moss Pit area to the Smokey Moun­tain Ski Club and Meni­hek Nordic ski club

MIKE POWER PHOTOS

Sev­eral spe­cial guests were at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Moss Pit. Among there were Premier Dwight Ball, nat­u­ral re­sources min­ster Siob­han Coady, Labrador MP Yvonne Jones, Labrador West MHA Gra­ham Letto, Labrador City Mayor Wayne But­ton and Wabush Mayor Ron Bar­ron.

USW lo­cal 5795 pres­i­dent Ron Thomas says an ex­tended mine life and in­creased pro­duc­tion will be a good thing for mine work­ers in Labrador West.

Toby Leon, pres­i­dent of the Labrador West Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the new­est de­vel­op­ment by IOC will mean good things for the econ­omy of Labrador West.

Nat­u­ral re­sources min­is­ter Siob­han Coady says the Wabush 3/Moss Pit project is im­por­tant to the prov­ince’s econ­omy.

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