Creighton Mine

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This article is about the mine. For the ghost town, see Creighton Mine, Ontario.

Coordinates: 46°27′50″N 81°10′29″W / 46.46389°N 81.17472°W / 46.46389; -81.17472

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Creighton Mine is an underground nickel mine, owned and operated by Vale (formerly known as INCO) in the city of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. It is currently the deepest nickel mine in Canada.[1]

History[edit]

Production at Creighton Mine began in 1901, and as of August 2004 there was an estimated 20 years of reserves left.

Production[edit]

In 2005 the mine produced an average of 3,755 tons per day on a 6 days per week schedule. Ore is processed off site at Vale's Clarabelle Mill.[2]

Future outlook[edit]

Creighton Deepening Project: Two projects are underway to allow deeper mining at Creigton Mine. The first is an $8-million, four-year diamond drill exploration program that will allow for ore tonnage to be defined down to the 10,000-foot level. The second is a $48-million expansion project that will establish production ore at the 7,810-foot level and bring 1.8 million tons of high-grade ore into production from 2006–2011.[3]

SNOLAB[edit]

Creighton Mine's 6800 foot level is the home of the world's deepest (2070 m) underground physics laboratory. Originally excavated for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), it has been expanded into a general-purpose facility called SNOLAB.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ Canadian & American Mines Handbook—75th Edition. Toronto, Ontario: Business Information Group. 2006. p. 493. ISBN 0-919336-65-5. ISSN 171-4042. 
  3. ^ Lacey, Keith (2006-08-22). "New life for Garson mine". Northern Life. Retrieved 2010-10-29. "Creighton Deepening Project: Two projects are underway to allow deeper mining at Creigton Mine. The first is an $8-million, four-year diamond drill exploration program that will allow for ore tonnage to be defined down to the 10,000-foot level. The second is a $48-million expansion project that will establish production ore at the 7,810-foot level and bring 1.8 million tons of high-grade ore into production from 2006–2011."