After several years of anticipation, work has finally started on the Iron Ore Company of Canada’s (IOC) Wabush 3 project. Dexter Mining of Labrador West has been awarded the primary earthworks contract to build the new mining pit. Dexter will employee about 70 people on the project. The earthworks project will include tree clearing, a sediment fence, overburden removal, development drilling and blasting, and construction of culverts, pipelines, roads, a berm and a sediment pond.
In a news release from Rio Tinto, the company says the new pit will strengthen the sustainability of the operation, which will extend the life of the mine and benefit future generations in Labrador West.
The first ore from the pit is expected in the second half of 2018. Wabush 3 is adjacent to the Luce pit. Rio Tinto say Wabush 3 will also reduce operating costs and increase production of quality grade iron ore concentrate and pellets. The project, approved this spring, is a $79-million investment by the company.