Permit work to start on Arctic

Trilogy Metals Inc. is now engaged in pre-permitting work on its planned Arctic project, which is mainly copper, with work on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for development set to begin early next year, company officials told business leaders in Anchorage in early October. On a parallel track, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is working on plans for an 311-mile access road to the Ambler Mining District from the Dalton Highway, with the draft EIS expected out next March and the final document later in the year. The state’s Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is proposing the single-lane industrial road, with costs estimated at between $305 million and $346 million.

AIDEA would issue bonds to finance the road, with mining companies paying tolls for its use. A similar model is in used at the Red Dog Mine road north of Kotzebue, which is also owned by AIDEA. Once Arctic is operating, Trilogy will be able to use its facilities to develop the larger Bornite copper deposit that is about 20 miles west.

Ucore: Ketchikan plant site

Ucore Rare Earth Metals has selected a six-acre site in Ketchikan for a rare earths processing facility for its mine, also planned, on Prince of Wales Island. The Ketchikan plant would process ore into final rare earth products. Engineering and construction would occur in 2019 and 2020, and the company hopes to be in production in 2020.

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