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Gold Exploration in the Ring of Fire

By Matt Deller, Senior Geologist The Ring of Fire is known for its abundant and varied mineral deposits. Over the years, significant nickel, copper, platinum, palladium, chromite, copper and zinc have all been discovered there. Continue Reading

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Map of Routes for the EABy Alan Coutts, President and CEO One of the most important stages in permitting a mining project in Ontario is assessing the potential environmental effects—both positive and negative. Continue Reading

Closing Down Esker in 21 Days

By Mike Desilets, Site & Project Manager When the team at Esker Site was tasked with shutting down our remote camp in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our first activity was to put together a comprehensive closure plan. Our goal was to safely complete the winterization and closure, and transport everyone home safely to their families. Continue Reading

Supporting Each Other During COVID-19

Shortly after the onset of COVID-19, Noront decided to close Esker Site to reduce the risk of community spread as two thirds of our workforce are from remote local First Nation communities. While taking the steps necessary for an orderly closure, our site staff realized we had unused N95 masks and gloves and the kitchen was full of food which would attract animals if left behind. Continue Reading

Ring of Fire Infrastructure Development

By Alan Coutts, President & CEO The permitting and construction of all-season roads and associated infrastructure into the Ring of Fire is the key enabler to the development of this emerging mineral district and for remote First Nation communities in the region. Continue Reading

Blackbird Chromite Geology Update

By Matt Deller, Senior Geologist The Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum group metals deposit will be the first mine developed in the Ring of Fire. But soon after, Noront will start ore production from its Blackbird chromite deposit located less than a kilometer away.  For this reason, Noront’s geologists are taking another detailed look at all the information related to Blackbird. Continue Reading