Employing 213 people, with an estimated mine life of 10 years; Goldex is an underground mine located just outside of Val-d’Or, Quebec, Canada. Goldex is unique because if its partnership with the Quebec government in the restoration of the nearby abandoned Manitou mine site. Through an innovative approach, the tailings from the Goldex mine are sent through a 25 km long pipeline to the Manitou site where they neutralize the acidic waters in the area, the result of years of poorly confined tailings generated between 1942 and 1979 by the mining companies operating the Manitou project at the time. Not only do the Goldex tailings neutralize and help rehabilitate the site, it eliminates the need for a tailings pond at the Goldex site itself.
In the Lapland region of Northern Finland, Agnico-Eagle’s Kittila operation has a life expectancy of 35 years (2009 – 2044). With 386 employees, this open pit and underground mine is one of the largest known gold deposits in all of Europe, containing 5.2 million ounces of gold. Aggressive exploration is also currently underway; with the Kittila mine serving notice that gold-mining is again a booming industry in northern Finland.
Lapa, located about 15 minutes away from our LaRonde mine, in the Rivière-Héva municipality of the Abitibi region in Quebec, Canada, is one of Agnico-Eagle’s smaller operations employing 212 people, with a 7 year mine life expectancy (2009-2016). The main headframe that is used at the Lapa mine was constructed almost entirely from a pre-existing headframe at LaRonde. The original headframe was dismantled, sand blasted and painted before it was installed at Lapa. Although Lapa may be a smaller operation in comparison to our other mines, it is Agnico-Eagle’s highest-grade mine, with grades twice as rich as the company average.
The LaRonde mine, located in Quebec, Canada, employs 794 people. It has the longest estimated mine life out of Agnico-Eagle’s 6 operating mines, estimated to be approximately 38 years once completed, from 1988 to 2026. LaRonde is an underground mine with the deepest single-lift shaft in the western hemisphere, descending 2.25 km below the surface. An expansion is also planned, and upon its completion, the total mine depth will be over 3 km deep, making the LaRonde mine one of the deepest mines in the Americas.
Meadowbank is an open-pit mine in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut with a 7 year life expectancy (2010 – 2017). Meadowbank is Agnico-Eagle’s most recent mine to begin operation, and employing about 558 employees. In 2010 the first gold brick was poured at Meadowbank, which was also the first ever gold brick to be poured in the history of Nunavut. Meadowbank is also Agnico-Eagle’s largest producer, estimated to produce 295,000 ounces of gold in 2012.
Agnico-Eagle’s largest employer, with 1098 employees, is our Pinos Altos mine located in the state of Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. Pinos Altos began operation in 2009 and is expected to continue until 2029, resulting in an estimated 20 years of production. The open-pit and underground mining operation is in the mountainous Sierra Madre gold and silver belt of northern Mexico.