Our operation, from mining through to crushing and shipping, all takes place on our mine and port sites – no processing or tailings involved.
Geology and Exploration
While the Mary River property consists of nine high-grade iron ore deposits, we’ve been focusing on Deposit No. 1. Over 30 km of drilling, in more than 200 drill holes, have been completed on the deposit. Sample programs have been undertaken to test the high-grade iron ore. We’ve also been focusing on collecting and analyzing important geophysical data to learn more about what’s buried subsurface – an important step to discovering additional high-grade iron ore deposits.
Mining and Crushing
Once blasted, we mine out the materials using hydraulic excavators and use large front-end loaders to load our 90 tonne haul trucks. Ore is delivered to our nearby portable crushers, while waste material is transported to a dump location on site.
Our ore handling team transports the crushed materials by truck from our crushing area to our port site along a 100 km tote road. The road requires regular maintenance, and is monitored at all times for safety and potential environmental impacts.
Once at the port, we dump and stack the material into a stockpile. We load it onto bulk carrier ships during the ice-free summer season, typically around July-September. Most of our ships travel across the Atlantic Ocean and travel through European ports to be used by steel makers in continental Europe.
Contracting and Procurement
Baffinland is committed to maximizing contracting and subcontracting opportunities for qualified Inuit firms on all phases of the project. Baffinland wishes to identify Inuit businesses that have the ability to deliver products and/or services in a timely, efficient and competitive manner.
To help support efforts in identifying interested Inuit Firms, Baffinland and the QIA, through the IIBA Executive Committee, will maintain an up to-date list of Inuit Firms that appear to be qualified for contracts or subcontracts. If you are an Inuit Firm that is interested in potentially taking part in the project, click here for more information