Our Stories

Searching for a Smelter Site

By Alan Coutts, President and CEO Chrome ore is one of the minerals that Noront plans to mine in the Ring of Fire. But removing it from the ground is just the beginning. After that, it must be transformed into ferrochrome, which along with nickel is used to make stainless steel for products we are all familiar with like cutlery, medical instruments and appliances. We are planning to develop a processing plant that will turn the ore we mine into ferrochrome. Continue Reading

What It’s Like to Work at a Remote Camp

By Cory Exell, Geological Technician Ever wondered what it would be like to work at a remote exploration camp? As a geological technician at Noront’s Esker Camp I can tell you….it’s hard work, but camp life is great. We typically fly in and out of camp for two-week shifts. An average day is about 10 hours. Esker Camp is a series of small wooden buildings, tents and boardwalks. Even the kitchen is in a tent. We also have a Rec Room with a TV and a Fitness Tent. Continue Reading

Prospecting: Where it all Begins

By Curtis Coaster, Marten Falls First Nation I recently attended the Ontario Prospectors Exploration Showcase Prospecting: Where it all Begins in Thunder Bay. I worked at the Noront booth greeting people, answering questions about the company and explaining my role as a Field Assistant. I also attended a couple of mining presentations. Continue Reading

Summer Exploration at McFaulds Lake

This summer we will begin exploring our McFaulds Lake property for the first time since acquiring it from Cliffs two years ago. This is particularly exciting as McFaulds Lake hosts several copper-zinc deposits which were part of the initial Ring of Fire discoveries made back in 2002. These deposits were put aside when a large nickel-copper-PGE discovery was made at Eagle’s Nest in 2007, followed by numerous chromite discoveries between 2007 and 2011.  Continue Reading

A Few Words from Noront CEO Alan Coutts

Earlier this year, we did something very special in partnership with Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN). On April 12, together we signed an agreement that defines how the first mine in the Ring of Fire will be developed. This Exploration and Project Advancement Agreement serves several important purposes: It provides Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) with compensation for work taking place on their traditional land. Continue Reading

Who Has The Power?

By Camp Foreman, Veikko Wennstrom Hauling fuel is a reality of mining in Northern Ontario. Winter is the best time to do this, because we can build an ice strip that can handle a larger plane. Winter planes can carry up to three times more than the float planes we use in summer. We start in early winter by plowing the ice at Koper Lake to make it thicker. Once the ice reaches 26 inches, we start flying in fuel. Continue Reading

A First in the Ring of Fire

In its early stages, exploration is often done by mapping and prospecting rocks at the surface which are called outcrops. In the Ring of Fire there are very few outcrops which makes exploration challenging. When no outcrops are exposed, exploration is typically done through geophysical surveys followed by diamond drilling. Diamond drills are large, heavy and moved by helicopter which takes a lot of time and money. We needed an affordable, lower impact method to “prospect” interesting geophysical targets, so we got creative and decided to use Rotary Air Blast (RAB) drilling—a first in the Ring of Fire. Continue Reading

Winter Exploration Update

It's been a busy few months as we executed Phase One of our winter exploration program. We began by retrieving drill core from our McFaulds copper-zinc VMS property and bringing it back to Esker Camp for analysis — no small task we can assure you! We hadn’t had an opportunity to review this core since we acquired the project from Cliffs in 2015. Now that we have it, our geologists are busy re-logging the core to better understand the geology of the deposits. Continue Reading