Malartic Extension Project
The Malartic Extension Project has two components – deviating a stretch of Highway 117 and extending the Canadian Malartic pit – and each has its environmental impact assessment and examination procedure.
Deviation of Highway 117
Operations in the Canadian Malartic pit, and more specifically those in the Barnat sector, require that a stretch of Highway 117 – most of it situated on the projected pit’s future footprint – be relocated.
The Québec Ministry of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility, and Electrification of Transport (MTMDET) and the Town of Malartic have been working since 2009 to design a road layout that favourably addresses their respective concerns. In addition, residents, business owners, and socio-economic players in Malartic have also been surveyed on this issue. Respondents’ comments confirm that a majority of them are in favour of deviating Highway 117 rather than completely bypassing the Town of Malartic. The selected layout’s length is assessed at 4 km and adds only 365 metres to the initial layout. The deviation’s layout requires investments of more than $50 M that will be made entirely by Canadian Malartic Mine.
Canadian Malartic Extension
After mining activities have ceased, the projected Canadian Malartic pit will run mainly along a west-east axis. The pit will be approximately 3,750 m long and no wider than about 900 m. Average depth will be 410 m. Since an operating pit is going to be extended, development of the Barnat gold deposit will follow the same operational phases and have the same features as the original mining project. There is no plan for a major change in mining techniques, nor is there a plan to modify the equipment or the ore processing plant’s capacity.
The Jeffrey pit will also be operated as an open-pit mine. It will be 525 m long and 309 m wide. It is expected to be mined in 2017 and 2018, and backfilled with waste rock in 2019.
• Orders-in-Council obtained: April 2017
• Work begun: Spring 2017
• Trees cleared along the deviated section of Highway 117: Summer 2017
• Temporary noise screen built on Champlain Avenue to reduce noise generated by the work: Summer 2017
• Temporary bridge built over Highway 117: January 2018
• Buckshot pit (former mine site) backfilled: Spring 2018
The deviation of Highway 117 is slated to be completed in the fall of 2019. Mining in the mine extension is set to begin in 2020.
Please see the newsletters in the site’s Document section to stay informed about the Malartic Extension Project’s progress.
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