Newmont Goldcorp and dignitaries from across Ontario officially opened the Borden Gold Project, which is being called the “mine of the future.” The Borden mine, located near Chapleau, Ontario, features state-of-the-art health and safety controls, digital mining technologies and processes, and low-carbon energy vehicles — all anchored in a mutually beneficial partnership with local communities, according to the company. Borden is expected to achieve commercial production in the fourth quarter.
“Borden opens a new gold mining district in Ontario and profitably extends operations at the Porcupine complex near Timmins,” said Tom Palmer, Newmont Goldcorp president. “In addition, Borden’s electric underground fleet will eliminate diesel particulate matter from the underground environment and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This will help reduce energy costs, protect employee health and minimize impacts to the environment.”
Ore from Borden is processed at the existing mill at the company’s Porcupine operation in Timmins, 180 kilometers (km) to the east. Borden is fully permitted for operation, and partnership agreements have been signed with local First Nations. At 1,000 km², Borden’s land package represents additional exploration upside as the Borden deposit remains open at depth.
Participating in Borden’s inauguration were The Hon. Greg Rickford, Ontario minister of energy, mines, northern development and indigenous affairs; Gilles Bisson, member of provincial parliament for Timmins; Chief Keeter Corston, Chapleau Cree First Nation; Chief Anita Stephens, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation; Chief Cheryl St. Denis, Brunswick House First Nation; Chief Pat Tangie, Michipicoten First Nation; Michael Levesque, mayor of Chapleau; George Pirie, mayor of Timmins; Todd White, Newmont Goldcorp regional senior vice president for North America; and Marc Lauzier, general manager, Porcupine and Borden mines.
The Canadian and Ontario governments each granted CAD$5 million toward electrification of the mine.