First fluorspar from St. Lawrence mine ready to ship: Ha­ley

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial -

ST. LAWRENCE, N.L. – The first fluorspar con­cen­trate from Canada Flourspar Inc.’s (CFI) mine in St. Lawrence is just about ready to ship, ac­cord­ing to Burin-Grand Bank MHA Carol Anne Ha­ley.

“I am con­fi­dent the freighter we see leave port this week will be the first of many leav­ing the Burin Penin­sula for mar­kets around the world,” Ha­ley said in a re­lease Wed­nes­day, Aug. 8.

“St. Lawrence has once again es­tab­lished it­self as a ma­jor player in the min­ing in­dus­try in this prov­ince, and will be an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the econ­omy for many years to come.”

The re­lease in­di­cated the first ship­ment would leave port in Marys­town with 4,700 tonnes of fluorspar aboard.

CFI has an ar­range­ment with Kiewit Off­shore Ser­vices to use its Cow Head fa­cil­ity for ship­ping the min­eral.

Ha­ley said the St. Lawrence mine be­came one of her top pri­or­i­ties from the time she was elected.

“Gov­ern­ment met with CFI of­fi­cials on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions to ne­go­ti­ate a deal that was good for the prov­ince, good for the Town of St. Lawrence, and good for the com­pany. I be­lieve the deal we signed last year is in­deed a good deal for all par­ties,” she said.

“The $17 mil­lion re­payable loan was our com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing work at a site that has the po­ten­tial to last at least 30 years, pro­vid­ing thou­sands of per­son-years of work to CFI’s em­ploy­ees, as well as be­ing a huge ben­e­fit in spin-off to the ser­vice in­dus­try through­out the Burin Penin­sula.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

The first ship­ment of con­cen­trate from Canada Flourspar Inc.’s mine in St. Lawrence will leave port in Marys­town this week, ac­cord­ing to Burin-Grand Bank MHA Carol Anne Ha­ley.

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