Anglesey Mining plc’s 41% owned associate Labrador Iron Mines (TSX: LIM) (`the Company’ or `LIM’) is pleased to report on construction progress at the Company’s wholly-owned Schefferville area project in Labrador. Since construction began in early September, the rate of advance to date indicates that the plant and accommodation camp are on track to completion by the end of calendar 2010.
All equipment and material required for plant construction is now on site, including the primary and secondary crushers, all conveyors, scrubbers, screens and stackers. The primary crusher ramp and retaining wall have been completed, as well as the foundation for the secondary crusher. All the piers for the conveyors have been installed including those leading to the radial stackers for final lump and sinter product, and to the secondary crusher. The steel structure for the secondary screens tower is complete and the chutes, stairs and flooring for the transfer tower are all installed.
All the major items of equipment are scheduled to be installed by the end of October, including the primary and secondary screens, tumblers and chutes and this will enable installation of the dome roof which will permit piping, electrical and other work to be carried out. This roof structure is being assembled at site and is expected to be completed by mid-November.
The accommodation camp at Bean Lake is also advancing rapidly with sewer and water pipes installed and pads for the kitchen/recreation complex and accommodation trailers. By the end of October, the majority of units comprising dormitories, kitchen parts and containers will be on site with the remainder due in the following week and installation will follow immediately.
At the James deposit, timber cover over the North and South Pits, the waste rock stockpile areas and the settling ponds have been cleared, enabling construction of the settling ponds and mine haul road which will begin shortly. Mine site preparation at the James deposit will be started requiring very little drilling or blasting, and it is expected that some ore will be mined this year and stockpiled ahead of the primary crusher.
The 2010 exploration program is successfully nearing completion with 4,000 metres of drilling and 1,400 metres of trenching having been achieved at the Denault, Ruth 8, and Houston properties. Drilling at Houston has indicated some extensions to the resource, and these together with Denault will be incorporated into revised resource estimates when assay results are received.
LIM plans to commence production in April 2011, and is targeting production of 2 million tonnes of iron ore during that calendar year.
Information of a scientific or technical nature contained in this release has been prepared by or under the supervision of Terence McKillen, P.Geo., Executive Vice President of the Corporation and a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators.