Osisko reports fire damage at Canadian Malartic Mill limited to cyclone number four area
MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwire – May 10, 2012) –Osisko Mining Corporation (the "Company" or "Osisko") (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) follows up on the earlier report of a fire at the Canadian Malartic Mill, and provides the following information update. A full assessment is in progress, and further details will be disseminated as they become available.
Preliminary indications are that the fire at Canadian Malartic was started by welding in proximity to the number four cyclone area and spread to the mill roof of that sector. The fire began at 11:50 pm yesterday, and was extinguished at approximately 4:30 am this morning. Proper emergency procedures were followed and there were no injuries to staff or emergency workers during the incident. No industrial chemicals or toxic gases were released during the fire.
As of 7:30 am this morning, staff began assessing damage. All staff are currently back at work on site, and regular mining activities are continuing in the pit outside the mill area. Mining operations continue on a normal schedule today.
Initial reports from site indicate the fire was contained around the number four cyclone and immediate area. Preliminary observations are as follows: the mill utilizes four cyclone sets – the number four cyclone set is damaged; the overhead crane in the cyclone bay is damaged; there is limited damage to the overhead crane in the ball mill bay; there is damage to the structure of the roof area above the cyclone bay; there is some limited damage to the wall of that bay. There appears to have been no damage to the SAG or ball mills and other systems of the mill.
Preliminary assessment indicates that the mill will be shut down for a period of approximately two to three weeks as a result of the fire. Osisko will be using this downtime to advance maintenance operations at the Canadian Malartic mill. The Canadian Malartic operation is covered by property damage insurance subject to a $250,000 CAD deductible, and business interruption insurance subject to a 20-day equivalent deductible.
About Osisko Mining Corporation
Osisko Mining Corporation operates the Canadian Malartic gold mine in Malartic, Quebec and is pursuing exploration on a number of properties, including the Hammond Reef Gold Project in Northern Ontario.
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