“The ageing headframes are being demolished to reduce maintenance costs and pave the way for potential new development currently being studied at the Stobie mine site,” Patrick Boitumelo, the head of mining and milling for Vale’s North Atlantic operations, said in a release. “After operating for more than 100 years in the Sudbury Basin, Stobie mine has a certain nostalgia to it. It has a rich history of contributing to our business and our community.”
Vale’s Sudbury operations have been in production for over a century and include five mines, a mill, smelter and a refinery. These produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver. Last year, Vale’s Ontario operations generated 50,800 tonnes of nickel.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)