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Meliadine West: Gold

Located near the western shore of Hudson Bay in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut, approximately 24 kilometres northwest of the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet and 290 kilometres southeast of Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank mine

Heavy Civil Earthworks

Year: 2013–Present
Client: Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Project Scope Performed Under: MTKSL Joint Venture, a partnership between M&T Enterprises, a wholly owned company of Sakku Investments Corporation (development arm of Kivalliq Inuit Association), and Kivalliq Services Ltd.

 

In late spring 2017, MTKSL negotiated contracts with Agnico Eagles Mines.

Water Management Dikes

  • 2 dikes
    • D-CP1: 600 metres long
    • D-CP5: 300 metres long
  • Impervious liner (Coletanche)
  • Construction of 2 jetties

Rankin Inlet Laydown & Tank Farm

  • Drill and blast for cut and fill of existing ground
  • Drill and blast for quarry development
  • Laydowns for AEM sealift
  • Tank farm construction for AEM fuel tanks
  • Construction of a bypass road

Meliadine Industrial Pad

  • Construction of access roads and pads
  • Production of crushed aggregate materials
  • Installation of culverts and other drainage structures
  • Borrow developments, environmental control measures, and other work
  • Drill and blast, excavation, and backfill for underground portal development
  • Drill and blast, excavation, and backfill for underground exhaust raise
  • Drill and blast for development of a saline pond

Industrial Pad

Year: 2015–2016
Client: Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Project Scope Performed Under: Kivalliq Services Ltd. (KSL), a partnership between Peter’s Expediting Ltd. (Baker Lake, NU), Northern Networks Ltd. (Arviat, NU), and Nuna (Rankin Inlet, NU)

 

In 2015, Kivalliq Services Ltd. (KSL) provided services for the Meliadine Industrial Pad work.

Project Scope

  • Construction of access roads and pads
  • Production of crushed aggregate materials
  • Installation of culverts and other drainage structures
  • Borrow developments
  • Environmental control measures
  • Other work

In the winter of 2016, KSL also completed a number of frozen core dikes for the project’s water management plan.

Advanced Exploration All-Weather Road

Year: 2012–2013
Client: Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Project Scope Performed Under: Kivalliq Services Ltd. (KSL), a partnership between Peter’s Expediting Ltd. (Baker Lake, NU), Northern Networks Ltd. (Arviat, NU), and Nuna (Rankin Inlet, NU)

 

The contract required the construction of an all-weather road providing a year-round connection from Rankin Inlet to the Meliadine advanced gold exploration project. Construction of the 23-kilometre road commenced in March 2012, and the first part of construction was completed prior to spring freshet. The road averaged 1.2 metres in height with an 8-metre running surface and included several multi-level culvert systems to accommodate adequate drainage. Local esker formations and granite outcrops found along the road access alignment provided the materials to construct the road base and road topping (including quarry/borrow development and drilling/blasting). Work continued in October 2012 and required approximately 6 months to complete.

The equipment fleet comprised the following.

  • 773 rock trucks
  • 740/730/D300E articulated rock trucks
  • D6/D8/D9 dozers
  • 988 loader
  • 330/345 excavators
  • Screening plant crusher
  • Numerous pieces of rolling stock and support equipment

Portal Excavation and Site Support

Year: 2007–2008
Client: Comaplex Minerals Corp.
Project Scope Performed Under: Nuna M&T Services Ltd.

 

Nuna M&T Services Ltd. provided equipment and labour support for the underground bulk sample program and site services at the Tiriganiaq deposit.