Canadian Arrow Mines Ltd. recently began open-pit de-watering operations in advance of resumed production on its Kelex nickel project. The de-watering operation will take approximately two months after which mining activities may commence. The company already has an agreement to toll mill its ore and sell the nickel concentrate product to Xstrata Nickel.

“We are very pleased to be finally moving forward on the ground with re-starting Kelex,” said Kim Tyler, president, Canadian Arrow Mines. “The early spring weather has also been a significant advantage that may allow mining activities to commence earlier than anticipated. More disclosure on production details is forthcoming as events proceed.”

The company plans to resume production on its past producing Alexo and Kelex mines containing NI 43-101 indicated resources of 9.9 million lb of nickel within 473,000 metric tons (mt) averaging 0.96% nickel. The company is also developing its flagship Kenbridge nickel project. Kenbridge contains 98 million lb of nickel and 52 million lb of copper within 7.1 million mt grading 0.62% Ni and 0.33% Cu of NI 43-101 of open-pit and underground measured and indicated resources.