A 2010 photo of a MAX Mine mill worker pictured next to a bag or molybdenum sulphide concentrate

MAX Mine resumes mill operations

The MAX Molybdenum Mine at Trout Lake resumed mill operations on July 27. The operation mines and mills molybdenum into a fine powder concentrate at their facility located on a mountainside above Trout Lake.

REVELSTOKE – The MAX Molybdenum Mine at Trout Lake resumed mill operations on July 27. The operation mines and mills molybdenum into a fine powder concentrate at their facility located on a mountainside above Trout Lake.

Currently, the operation is using materials stockpiled at the surface and will work at a reduced rate until full production resumes underground.

Contractors are nearing completion of underground rehabilitation work in the mine following a collapse on September 20, 2010. Nobody was injured in that collapse, which occurred after staff observed stability issues with the mine. Production mining has been halted since then and crews began rehabilitation work in November, 2010.

Contractors are completing a bypass on the main access ramp and also completing new drilling work now.

In April, MAX Mine parent company Roca Mines Inc. announced a $2.5 million agreement with South Korean investor SeAH Holdings Corp. The funds are being used to recommence production and for general working capital.

Roca Mines president and CEO Scott Broughton said about 25 workers were involved in rehabilitation work earlier this year, ramping up to about 60–65 as the re-start date approached.

Broughton said the mine was targeting processing 500 tonnes of raw material per day this summer and hopes to increase that to 1,000 tonnes by the fall.

The MAX Mine started production in late 2007. The facility is based on an existing mine that operated until the 1970s, when it was shuttered. A spike in molybdenum prices facilitated the re-opening of the mine.

The final product is a powdery molybdenum sulphide concentrate which is used primarily for creating alloys. It brings heat- and corrosion-resistant properties to the final products.

 

Just Posted

Province partners with Columbia Basin Trust for new affordable housing

Goal is to create 225 affordable rental units in the Columbia Basin area

Glimpses of the Past

A look back through the archives from WWII airmen spending the holidays to human-cougar encounters

CP Rail Holiday train stops in Revelstoke

Brings a dose of holiday spirit and funds for the local food bank

Turn it up

RAC asks council for summer Street Festival funding increase to hire sound technician

City of Revelstoke passes fire services bylaw

We are doing our end of the paperwork to be ready just in case this comes to fruition: mayor

Holiday Train rolls through the Shuswap

Hundreds of people have gathered in Sicamous, Canoe and Salmon Arm for… Continue reading

Kamloops RCMP warning public to stay away from unfolding domestic dispute

The public is being asked to avoid Sabiston Creek Road off of the highway

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of sexual harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

Most Read