CaNickel Implemented Long Hole Stoping Mining and Achieved Record Mine Production
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 7, 2012) – CaNickel Mining Ltd. ("CaNickel" or the "Company") (TSX:CML), is pleased to report that it has successfully implemented long hole stoping mining method and achieved record mine production at its 100% own Bucko Lake mine, Manitoba, Canada.
In order to increase productivity and reduce production costs, the Company conducted a trial of long hole open stoping mining method in January 2012. As a result of the long hole stoping, a total of 25,102 tonnes of ore were mined for the month, of which a total of 10,316 tonnes of ore were mined from the long hole stoping with the remaining of 14,786 tonnes of ore using cut and fill method. With successful use of the long hole stoping mining, the Company is working on the mine plan to increase underground mine production from the long hole stopes. The application of long hole stoping is expected to substantially reduce mining cost.
Production results from Bucko Lake mine for January 2012, fourth quarter of 2011, and full year 2011 are summarized as follows:
|Bucko Lake Mine||January 2012||Q4 2011||Year 2011|
|Ore mined (tonnes)||25,102||54,413||107,451|
|Ore milled (tonnes)||12,372||55,311||102,069|
|Mill recovery rate||71.7%||55.2%||61.0%|
|Payable nickel produced (lb)||226,753||780,218||1,631,916|
As a result of the operation scaled down announced on December 29, 2011, the processing plant was in operation for 18 days in January 2012, but has resumed full production since the 1st of February.
Dr. Dianmin Chen, the Director and CEO of CaNickel, comments that the Company is pleased to see the improved ore quality from the long hole stopes helped the mill achieved better recovery rate. The Company will continue to carry out more studies to optimize the mining method at its Bucko Lake Mine to further increase production efficiency and to reduce operation cost. More efforts will also be made to further improve its mill production performance.
CaNickel Mining Limited, formerly "Crowflight Minerals Inc.", (TSX:CML) is a Canadian junior mining company that owns and operates the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine near Wabowden, Manitoba. The Company also holds nickel, copper and Platinum Group Mineral (PGM) projects in the Thompson Nickel Belt and Sudbury Basin.
Further information is available on the Company's website at www.canickel.com.
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