Keynote speaker: Jim Gray, President and Principal, Moose Mountain Technical Services
Title: Mine Design and Planning at Seabridge Gold's KSM Project.
Date: March 19t, 2015
Location: Fairmount Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
Reception Start time: 3:00pm
Presentation Start time: 3:45pm
The KSM Project is one of the largest undeveloped gold projects in the world. Proven and probable reserves total 2,164 million tonnes at 0.55 gpt Au, 0.21% Cu to contain 38.2 million ounces of gold and 9.9 billion pounds of copper. There is significant Silver and Molybdenum as well. Located in BC’s Golden Triangle in NW BC the project has completed a joint harmonized environmental assessment review as outlined by the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. In July 2014 it received its Environmental Assessment Certificate from the BC Government, and in December 2015 final approval was received form the Federal government. Seabridge has invested over $200 million in exploration and studies to date, is continuing to explore the property, and Engineering will continue to bring it into production.
The current plan operates from 3 large open pits and 2 large Block Caves and milling is slated at 130,000 tpd. With over $5.3 Billion allocated for the 3 year construction and 50 years in the current mine plan, KSM will become a big member of the mining community in BC and will be a significant contributor to the Canadian economy.
Moose Mountain Technical Services has provided Mine Engineering for the project since the first scoping study started in 2007. The talk will give a general over view of the project and a description of the mining plan based on the Pre-Feasibility Study (2014). The recent exploration results for the extension of the orebody at Deep Kerr and Iron Cap Lower Zone will also be presented.
Jim Gray has 40 plus years of consulting and mine operations experience encompassing resource estimation, conceptual scoping studies, strategic planning, detailed designs, production schedule optimization, capital and operating costing, permitting, new mine start-up, operations management, and operations planning and supervision. He has worked in underground tin in Tasmania and open pit operations in Canada for Fording Coal in the Elk Valley and in Prairie strip mining. Since leaving operations, he has been consulting internationally for 20 years in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, Iran, and North America. Recently with Moose Mountain, Jim has been involved in the mine planning of Schaft Creek, Kemess North, Kwanika, Deerhorn, Galore Creek, New Polaris, and KSM in north west BC.