Bathurst Inlet is a deep inlet located along the northern coast of the Canadian mainland, at the east end of Coronation Gulf, into which the Burnside and Western Rivers empty. The name, or its native equivalent Kingoak (Qingaut, nose mountain), is also used to identify the community of Bathurst Inlet located on the shore.
Plans for a deep-water port
A consortium of seven mining companies sponsored environmental impact studies to construct a deep-water port in Bathurst Inlet. Their plans included building a 211 km (131 mi) road connecting the port to their mines. The port would serve vessels of up to 25,000 tonnes.
A plan referred to the Nunavut Impact Review Board in May 2004 projected a capacity to moor vessels of up to 50,000 tonnes. In this earlier plan the Bathurst Inlet Road would be an ice road, like that from Yellowknife, not an all-weather road as in post-2005 proposals, following the failure of the ice road to freeze early enough to allow transport of a whole year's worth of supplies.
|Xstrata||Hackett River Mine||Silver and Zinc|
|Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.||Back River Project|
|Zinifex||Izok Lake mine||Copper and Zinc|
|Rio Tinto Incorporated||Diavik Diamond Mine||Diamonds|
|Dundee Precious Metals|
|BHP Billiton||Ekati Diamond Mine||Diamonds|
In 2008 several of the companies dropped out.
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