While the future for Hudbay in Flin Flon is looking uncertain, the company is surging forward with plans in the Snow Lake area.
Within Snow Lake, Hudbay also confirmed plans in a Jan. 6 business update to restart the gold mill at the New Britannia site in the community and to maintain the Stall facility for the entirety of Lalor mine’s lifespan.
The New Britannia mill refurbishment will take place in 2020 and 2021. Once the New Britannia mill is refurbished, it will raise Hudbay’s total milling capacity in Snow Lake to 5,300 tonnes per day – several times larger than the minimal throughput of the Flin Flon mill.
“We are also pleased to be continuing with our plans to refurbish the New Britannia mill in 2020 and 2021 which will significantly grow our gold business in Manitoba and create 60 new jobs in the Snow Lake region. The investment in New Britannia will help to ensure that Lalor remains a strong, low cost producer and reliable employer for many years,” said Assabgui in the update.
While exploration budgets in and around Flin Flon were cut completely, exploration will continue near Snow Lake, specifically for the 1901 project. Exploration spending for the site will be reduced, but a winter exploration program at the 1901 site will start later this month.