Hydro plant to pave way for mining development


As diesel power generation for Kuujjuaq is becoming increasingly expensive, a proposed northerly extension of the Hydro-Québec grid from the LG4 dam, some 600 kiolmetres to the south, is in the planning stages.

Last month, engineers from Hydro-Québec were in the community to advance the project, which would also lead to a road or railroad to connect Kuujjuaq with the South.

Kuujjuaq’s landholding company, Kuujjuammiut Society, is also working on expanding a road, which leads out past the community down the river, to meet Ungava Bay.

At the same time, new connections would bring hydroelectric power to within 30 kilometres and a port to within 100 kilometers of a promising new deposit of zinc, nickel and gold.

Recently, Fort Chimo Minerals Inc. announced the completion of its initial 15-hole drill program and geological mapping of the Erickson #3 and #4 showings.

The properties are located 75 km west of Kuujjuaq.

According to a recent press release from the company, results to date indicate the existence of “one or more extensive mineralized systems.”

Consultants have begun a preliminary review fro Fort Chimo Minerals to see whether mining a large tonnage, low-grade deposit within 100 km of a port would be economically feasible.

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