CBC – Exploration company eyes new life for Cantung mine mill. Equitorial Exploration hopes to process lithium using the mill at Cantung Mine.
By Randi Beers.
A mothballed tungsten mine along the N.W.T./Yukon border hasn’t been in operation for more than two years, but one exploration company hopes the mine’s now silent mill might help a nearby lithium deposit see the light of day.
Vancouver-based Equitorial Exploration Corp. is set to ramp up an extensive drill program this summer at its Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group property, located in the Dehcho region, in search of the metal. It plans to spend between $1 and $2 million to carry out the work.
Equitorial CEO Jack Bal says his company could be ready to explore the use of Cantung’s mill after this summer’s drill program is over. “We’d be interested in talking [to the government] to see if we could use their facility,” he said. “If we could create a concentrate that could be sold … and that facility does work with our ore, then the economics of our project become better very quickly.”
Bal explained the biggest hurdle for a new mining project is usually a lack of infrastructure, but in the case of this property, there is already year-round access thanks to the former road to Cantung and a separate road to the Howard’s Pass zinc deposit, which is also nearby.