Mining Operations at Carol Project Iron Ore Company of Canada

CIM Bulletin, 1962


In 1958, the Iron Ore Company of Canada decided to proceed with the Carol Project. The ore deposits in the area are part of the highly metamorphosed southern zone of the Labrador Trough. They lie along the shore of Wabush lake, in the western part of Newfoundland-Labrador, 190 miles north of Sept-Iles. The project is designed to mine, by open-pit methods, 17,200,000 long tons of crude ore, grading 37 per cent iron, per year. This 6re will be beneficiated to produce 7,000,000 long tons of concentrate, grading 66 per cent iron, of which 5,500,000 long tons will be pelletized. Production is scheduled to commence this summer. Initially, ore will be taken from 45- foot benches in the Smallwood mine, using jet-piercing production drills and large-scale blasting with "slurry" explosives. Four 13-yard electric shovels will muck the broken ore into 100-ton trailer trucks. The trailers will be hauled to two 2,000-ton loading pockets, which feed the ore into 100-ton railcars. Four ore trains, each comprised of one diesel locomotive and fifteen cars, will operate on a • fully automatic railway, moving five and a half miles between the loading pockets and the 60- by 89-in. gyratory crusher at the mill. Subsequent mining operations will include the construction of ore passes, which will lead from the open pit to underground loading pockets in a three and one-half mile railway tunnel.
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