Côté Gold Project
The Côté Gold Project is an open pit gold mine located approximately 130 km southwest of Timmins and 200 km northwest of Sudbury.
Early construction of the open pit gold mine commenced in October 2020 and the mine is expected to enter commercial production in late-2023.
Tailings Management Facility & Surface Mining Preparation
Year: 2020 to Present
Client: IAMGOLD Corporation
Project Scope Performed Under: North American Nuna Joint Venture
In October 2020, North American Nuna Joint Venture (NAN JV), a partnership between Nuna Logistics Partnership and North American Construction Group, was awarded the $250 million early works construction scope, which comprises dam construction, watercourse diversion channels, road building, crushing, and pre-strip activities for the ultimate open pit. A diverse equipment fleet, ranging from 45T rock trucks and 50T excavators to 785 heavy haulers and 2500 excavators, began mobilization in November 2020 and the work is estimated to be complete by summer 2021. The planned workforce for this scope consists of a mix of direct NAN JV employees and subcontractors that will peak at approximately 300 in the second quarter of 2021. Construction and mining are estimated to be complete by the end of 2023.
NAN JV’s work scope includes:
- Open pit mining in 4 separate pits, with 6 m benching up to 10 benches deep.
- Construction of 3 water management dams and spillway structures within the open pit for water storage and diversion.
- 400 m 10” HDPE pipe installation for pit dewatering to ultimate mine water pond.
- 7 million m3 of overburden removal; 6.6 million m3 in the open pit area the remainder from site infrastructure.
- 4 million m3 of rock excavation; 5.1 million m3 in the open pit and the remainder from site infrastructure.
- 530,000 m3 of ore excavation.
- Production of 1.2 million m3 of processed aggregate on site; 410,000 m3 stockpiled for Client use and the remainder for use in infrastructure construction.
- 3 million m3 of rock fill and 1.3 million m3 of common backfill.
- Installation of 280,000 m2 of geotextile and geomembrane.
- Production of 700 m3 of concrete for plinth construction and foundation preparation.
- Construction of 5 major water crossings including mechanically stabilized earth wall installations.
- Installation of 1,500 m corrugated steel pipe
- Construction of 7.5 km of mine haul roads for 250t haul truck traffic connecting open pit mine to tailings management facility, mine rock area, overburden dump, and ore stockpile pads.
- Construction of over 13 km of service roads connecting mine infrastructure.
- Tailings Management Facility (TMF) construction including East Starter Dam, West Starter Dam and 7 small dams and dykes within the TMF footprint for water management and diversion during construction as well as 2 seepage ponds and diversions surrounding the TMF.
- Mine rock area water management construction including ditching and spillways.
- Overburden stockpile water management construction including ditching, dams, ponds and spillways.
- Construction of 8 watercourse realignment dam structures around the open pit area.
- Polishing pond dam construction with steel sheet pile wall installation.
- Construction of 25 m high, 25,000 m2 crusher plateau and 250,000 m2 medium grade ore stockpile pad.
- Major construction dewatering efforts and fish salvage dewatering throughout duration of the Project.