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Back River Properties

The Back River Gold Properties comprise George Lake and Goose Lake and are located in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, approximately 75 kilometres southwest of Bathurst Inlet

Goose Earthworks

Year: 2020
Client: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp

In summer 2020, Nuna West Mining (NWM) was contracted by Sabina for further infrastructure development at the Goose site.  Utilizing the Owner’s equipment fleet, NWM’s scope included runway expansion (length and width); continuation of haul road development to the plant site location; and excavation of a portal box cut to provide access for the first underground advance.

Marine Landing Area & Goose Infrastructure Development

Year: 2018–2019
Client: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

In 2017, Nuna was engaged by Sabina to provide constructability review and cost estimating related to the development of site infrastructure at the Bathurst Inlet Marine Landing Area (MLA), and for the Goose Site infrastructure and plant site development.  During 2018, Nuna crews were deployed to the MLA site to develop a quarry, and construct freight storage pads, camp pad, all-weather airstrip, and site roads utilizing Owner-supplied fleet.

Early Earthworks & Infrastructure

Year: 2012–2013
Client: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Nuna’s winter scope required Hercules aircraft mobilization of equipment from our available inventory in Yellowknife via an ice strip located at Hope Bay. The fleet mobilization included a Cat 320 excavator, Cat 140 grader, Cat 730 haul trucks, CS563 packer, wobbly wheel packer, water truck, mechanic rig, and crew cab. Nuna’s summer scope included the construction of an airstrip, which provided the client with approximately 4 additional landing months in the season utilizing a larger payload Dash 7–sized aircraft, and the construction of an access road from the airstrip to the camp.

In 2013, Nuna was contracted to carry out rock excavation and early earthworks services.

Project Scope

  • Establishment and maintenance of a Hercules capable ice airstrip on Goose Lake
  • Development of a rock quarry, which included drill and blast activities
  • Construction of a 5-kilometre road from the existing airstrip to the proposed plant site area
  • Crushing services for the production of crush rock for roads and airstrip base and topping
  • Upgrading and widening the existing road from airstrip to camp
  • Construction of pads near the future plant site

Route Development & Equipment Delivery

Year: 2008
Client: Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (formerly Kit Resources Ltd.)
Project Scope Performed Under: Nuna Logistics Limited

Project Scope

  • Procurement, mobilization, and transportation of drill equipment, support equipment, and fuel from Yellowknife to the George Lake and Goose Lake sites
  • Establishment of a 162-kilometre route from Contwoyto Lake to George Lake and Goose Lake for Nodwell transportation of the drill and support equipment
  • Construction of airstrips on the ice at both the George Lake and Goose Lake locations
  • Coordination of fuel lifts by air from Lupin to the sites