Timmins mine building $160-million water treatment plant

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Newmont Porcupine, a Timmins-area mine, has announced a plan to build a $160 million water treatment plant.

Premier Doug Ford visited the site to announce the project on Nov. 18.

doug ford timmins mineThe new plant is expected to benefit the entire ecosystem and surrounding watershed through collection, treatment and release of impacted water, expected to be among the lowest effluent discharge limits in the entire mining sector.

Newmont anticipates that construction of the plant will be completed before year end and begin discharging in 2023. Once operational, the plant will return up to 13 million cubic metres of treated clean water to the Mattagami, Frederickhouse and Upper Kapuskasing watersheds.

After more than a century of mining in Timmins, the next phase of operations at Porcupine supports “regreening” the region by improving site water management and improving local watersheds.

“This investment from Newmont is a huge vote of confidence in Timmins, our workers and the future of Northern Ontario. We are grateful that Newmont has chosen to deepen its commitment to Ontario, and we look forward to seeing them thrive right here in Timmins,” Ford said.

Since 1910, the historic Porcupine mining district has produced more than 67 million ounces of gold. The modern Porcupine mine is the largest employer in Timmins, with more than 1200 employees and contractors. Newmont leadership has applauded Porcupine for its ongoing commitment to safe and sustainable production.

“Our government is a strong supporter of the mining industry and its workers because we appreciate its importance to communities across the north, including Timmins,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins and Minister of Mines. “This is another example of how mining companies operating in Ontario are leading the charge when it comes to sustainability. I want to congratulate Newmont for their strong commitment to the Porcupine operations.

“By building this treatment facility, Newmont is creating 100 contract jobs and improving the water quality and ecosystem of Porcupine.”

Founded in 1921, Newmont is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead.

“This landmark investment demonstrates the value that Newmont sees in the Northern Ontario mining jurisdiction and reinforces the commitment made by all at Porcupine to safe and responsible mining,” said Bernard Wessels, Newmont senior vice president for North America. “I would like to extend my thanks to all involved in bringing this water treatment plant to fruition.”

Ford said the new water treatment facility is a “huge vote of confidence in the sustainable future of Ontario mining.”

“And it’s another clear sign that Ontario’s mining industry can lead the world in responsible mining because Northern Ontario’s blessed with some of the most mineral-rich deposits anywhere in the entire world. These are the critical minerals needed for advanced technologies, clean energy solutions and the electric vehicles of the future,” he said.

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