March/April 2009

Quebec gets the scoop on Éléonore

By M. Fortin


René del Villar, CIM Quebec Branch chair, and Jacqueline Leroux

On November 10, 2008, the CIM Quebec Branch hosted Jacqueline Leroux, environmental director for Opinaca Mines, who discussed the latest developments on the Éléonore project. The Éléonore deposit, discovered in 2004, was acquired by Goldcorp in 2006. Over the course of numerous diamond drillings, the development of an advanced mining camp, and several technical and environmental studies, Éléonore has faced its share of challenges and benefited from various opportunities. This gold mine project is the first in northern Quebec since the signing of the Paix des Braves agreement. In developing the project, Opinaca Mines has set many standards in complex geology, mine and mill design, and environmental and social issues. Leroux’s insightful presentation, which reflected all the excitement and enthusiasm around the project, was well received by an audience of 66 at Laval University.

The presentation was followed by a light buffet sponsored by Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, the Quebec Mining Association, COREM, Fasken Martineau, Gestion SODEMEX inc., Instrumentation GDD inc., Virginia Mines and Soutex inc.

Author Marie Fortin is the CIM Quebec Branch secretary.

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