Morien Resources Corp. has provided an update on development activities at the Donkin coal project in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canadian province, where owner/operator Kameron Collieries ULC, a subsidiary of The Cline Group LLC, has been actively advancing the project toward production.
Initial mining is anticipated to commence in 2H16 with coal sales to follow the construction of a coal handling, preparation and processing plant (wash plant) – the design of the wash plant and earthworks are underway.
It is expected that, in the next 60 days, bulk sampling of target coal seam for testing by local power utility Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Additional underground assessment drilling has been completed and tunnel refurbishment is nearing completion.
A 69 kV electrical line from the town of Glace Bay to a newly constructed electrical sub-station at the project has been completed.
The assembly of the initial mine fleet has commenced, which includes one continuous miner, two roof bolters, and three personnel carriers on site, with a second continuous miner expected by mid 2016.
Mining plan calls for a room-and-pillar operation, which includes the use of four continuous miners.
The installation of conveyor infrastructure in the main access tunnel is underway with full installation of the conveyor system anticipated in 1H16.
A new warehouse/washhouse/office is under construction with scheduled completion in 1Q16.
Morien has reported that key members of operational team have been hired. There are 36 employees/contractors now on site and recruitment for the operating phase is continuing.
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs
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