Two new underground mines to access new ore deposits
Steady-state production capacity of 500,000 and 1,000,000 tonnes per annum
One of Canada’s most isolated mine sites, located in challenging Arctic climate
Modernization of operations through implementation of technologies for day-to-day use
- Located at the extreme limit of Northern Québec, the Raglan Mine property spans an area of nearly 70 kilometres and consists of a series of high-grade ore deposits composed mostly of nickel and copper.
- It is one of the most isolated mines in Canada, located in a challenging Arctic climate.
- Glencore recognized that the development of two new ore zones was required to ensure that the Raglan Mine can sustain a continuous delivery of nickel concentrate beyond 2020.
- The Phase II program involves the development of new ore zones, Mining Projects 8H and 14 (MP8H and MP14), with a steady-state production capacity of 500,000 and 1,000,000 tonnes per annum, respectively.
- The organization has also recently completed an upgrade of the Raglan concentrator to process up to 1.5 Mtpa of ore and is embarking on a major project to modernize Raglan’s operations through the implementation of technologies for day-to-day use.
- Glencore has engaged Hatch to provide full engineering, project, and construction management (EPCM) services for the development of two new underground mines as well as the corresponding support infrastructure.
- As part of an integrated team, Hatch is providing overall project management, project controls, engineering, risk management, and contract administration for the execution of both the MP8H and MP14 projects.
- We began working on Phase II of the Raglan expansion program in 2014 with a scoping study to determine the optimal mine development and production scenario for the continued delivery of nickel concentrate beyond 2020.
- Executed over a one-year period, the initial study consolidated the options to develop two new ore deposits and increase concentrator throughput.
- The integrated Hatch/Raglan team performed scoping, pre-feasibility, and feasibility studies (2014-2017) to define the total scope and execution strategies for the Phase II program.
- As part of the prefeasibility study, Hatch developed a long-term energy strategy, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) and additional wind-power generation.
- We have partnered with Glencore on major and sustaining capital projects at the Raglan Mine for more than 20 years.
- The outcome of the scoping, pre-feasibility, and feasibility studies helped determine the best options to engineer a way forward for Glencore Canada.
- Glencore has selected Hatch as a partner because of our robust project management processes and ability to manage several entities within an integrated team environment, as well as our ability to source subject matter experts globally, and our strong Arctic project experience.
- The use of our mining simulation tool helped predict the productive capacity of the designed mine, offered options for rapid development, and assisted in the equipment fleet-sizing.
- Hatch was also a key player in the development of the right energy mix for Glencore's Raglan Mine, as part of the Raglan Integrated Wind-Storage-Diesel project.
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