Kemess Mine

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Kemess Mine
Kemess Mine in 2012.JPG
Kemess Mine in 2012
Kemess Mine is located in Canada
Kemess Mine
Kemess Mine
Location in Canada
Location Thutade Lake
Province British Columbia
Country Canada
Coordinates 57°0′17″N 126°45′31″W / 57.00472°N 126.75861°W / 57.00472; -126.75861Coordinates: 57°0′17″N 126°45′31″W / 57.00472°N 126.75861°W / 57.00472; -126.75861
Products Copper, Gold,
Opened 1998
Closed 2011
Company AuRico Metals
Website [1]
Year of acquisition 2014

The Kemess Mine was an open-pit copper and gold mine, located just northeast of the foot of Thutade Lake, at the head of the Finlay River, in the Omineca Mountains of the Northern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It was operated by Royal Oak Mines from 1998 to 1999, when it was bought by Northgate Minerals. Northgate operated the mine until its closure in 2011; that year Northgate was taken over by AuRico Gold. In 2014 AuRico Gold partitioned off its portion of kemess Mine ownership creating a new company called AuRico Metals. AuRico Metals is actively implementing permits for a block caving mine.

The deposit mined was a copper-gold porphyry. Over its life the mine produced approximately 3 million ounces of gold and 800 million pounds of copper.[2]

The mine is serviced by Kemess Creek Airport and the Omineca Resource Road from Prince George. Air distance from Smithers is 280 km, approximately due north; road distance from Prince George is approximately 550 km.

Near the mine is the Kemess Underground Project, also owned by AuRico. This separate deposit is currently in the development stage, and has not been approved for production.

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