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Status: ACTIVE MONITORING

  • NIRB File No:

    16MN056

  • Application No.:

    125418

  • Project Type:

    Mine Development

  • Project Name:

    Whale Tail Pit - Expansion Project

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Modified from the 2018 Project Description: Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico Eagle) is seeking a reconsideration to its Whale Tail Pit Project Certificate No. 008 that would enable Agnico Eagle to mine and mill for three (3) to four (4) more years by expanding the Whale Tail Pit Project and developing a new pit, located on the Amaruq Exploration Property, approximately 50 km north of the Meadowbank Gold Mine Project (see Application 124588).

The Whale Tail Pit Expansion Proposal (the Expansion Proposal) includes expansion of the Whale Tail open pit, development of another open pit called the IVR Pit, underground mining operations at both the Whale Tail and IVR deposits, and development of associated IVR waste rock storage facility and attenuation ponds. As with the approved Whale Tail Pit Project, ore will be trucked to the Meadowbank Gold Mine mill for processing via the existing haul road at a rate of 9,000 to 12,000 tonnes per day for a total of 8.3 million tonnes (Mt). The Expansion Proposal is expected to generate approximately 15.2 Mt of tailings from the milling process, to be stored within the existing Meadowbank Mine Tailings Storage Facility and the approved In-Pit Tailings Storage Facility (see Application 125253). The width of the haul road between the Meadowbank Mine and the Whale Tail Project site will be upgraded to double lanes from 9.5 metres (m) wide to 15 m wide for improved safety. Construction of the Expansion Proposal will occur in 2020, with operations occurring from 2021 – 2025, and closure activities planned from 2026 – 2051. The Expansion Proposal anticipates the creation of 235 direct jobs in addition to the 931 jobs for the Whale Tail Pit Project.

The Expansion Proposal includes the following additional project infrastructure:

 Expansion of camp and accommodations to support a maximum of 390 personnel;

 Larger maintenance shop;

 Incinerator, compost site, and landfarm;

 Expansion of Bulk Fuel Storage Facility;

 Additional ore-stockpiling facilities;

 IVR waste rock storage facility (WRSF);

 Expansion of the Whale Tail WRSF;

 Additional water management infrastructure.

The Expansion Proposal will continue to use existing infrastructure and facilities at the Whale Tail site, the Meadowbank Gold Mine site, the all-weather access road, and the Baker Lake Marshalling Facility for the life of the project.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent Opportunity to Respond to Comments 2020-07-08
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-06-09
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-06-02
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-06-02
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-05-25
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-05-25
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-05-21
  • Additional Plans: Commenting started 2020-05-21
  • Additional Plans: Commenting started 2020-05-06
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-04-23
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-04-16
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-03-26
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Final Hearing Transcripts 2020-03-25
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-03-10
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-02-24
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-02-24
  • NIRB Issues Amended Project Certificate to Proponent 2020-02-19
  • NIRB Issues Amended Project Certificate to Proponent 2020-02-19
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Project Certificate Workshop 2020-02-12
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Project Certificate Workshop 2020-02-05
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Project Certificate Workshop 2020-02-03
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Project Certificate Workshop 2020-01-29
  • NIRB Received Minister’s decision re Final Hearing Report 2020-01-29
  • Technical advisor assigned 2020-01-17
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-12-20
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-29
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-25
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-13
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-12
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-10-31
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-10-25
  • NIRB Ltr to Minister(s) re Final Hearing Report 2019-10-18
  • NIRB Ltr to Minister(s) re Final Hearing Report 2019-10-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-10-03
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Final Hearing Transcripts 2019-09-26
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re proponent response to final written submissions 2019-08-09
  • NIRB Ltr to Mayor re Opening Remarks 2019-07-31
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent opportunity to respond to final written submission 2019-07-30
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Comments on Draft Hearing Agenda 2019-07-30
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent opportunity to respond to final written submission 2019-07-29
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-07-29
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-23
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-07-22
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-19
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-19
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-19
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-19
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-19
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-17
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-07-17
  • NIRB Ltr to Dist re Draft Hearing Agenda 2019-07-26
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-07-17
  • NIRB issues notice of community information sessions 2019-07-12
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Public Hearing Date Set 2019-07-12
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Public Hearing Date Set 2019-07-11
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-07-05
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-07-03
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Public Hearing Date Set 2019-07-02
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-06-25
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Public Hearing Date Set 2019-06-20
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-06-18
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-06-18
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-06-13
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-06-13
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-06-11
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-05-30
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-05-29
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-05-29
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-05-17
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-05-16
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2019-05-13
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2019-05-13
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2019-05-13
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2019-05-08
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-05-01
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re Community Information summary report 2019-04-23
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-04-15
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Applications for Intervenor status 2019-03-19
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2019-03-13
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Applications for Intervenor status 2019-03-06
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent and Parties re IRs requiring a response 2019-03-06
  • NIRB Notice to Parties of IR’s Received 2019-02-22
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Applications for Intervenor status 2019-02-19
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re FEIS Compliance Determination 2019-02-13
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re submission of Information Requests 2019-02-13
  • NIRB issues notice of community information sessions 2019-01-11
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re FEIS Compliance Determination 2019-01-10
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Applications for Intervenor status 2019-01-07
  • NIRB issues notice of receipt of final EIS submission 2018-12-20
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re FEIS Compliance Determination 2018-12-10
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • NIRB issues notice of receipt of final EIS submission 2018-11-27
  • Started project monitoring 2018-11-16
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  • Kivalliq
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