The asset previously produced over 2,000 kilograms of gold and 861 kilograms of silver during nearly 60 years of production between 1888 and 1954 and Ximen is hoping to breathe in new life, but in an environmentally friendly way as possible.
"Our target is to develop the mine to extract 125 tonnes per day of material grading 15 grams per tonne (1/2 ounce per ton) gold," the firm said of its plans.
"The initial step is to develop the new access decline. During that development, underground diamond drilling will in-fill areas where surface drilling has already intersected significant gold in quartz veins. Potential mining blocks can then be defined. The aim is to first develop and produce a bulk sample and then, assuming success, proceed into full mine development."
But Ximen noted it was "taking advantage of all that mother nature has provided" at the property and was focused on being clean, green and small.
It listed a few key points, which aid this, including that the company owns its surface rights and underground rights, it owns all its own brand-new underground equipment and all its underground drilling equipment, transformers, compressors and power lines.
"The road to the site is called the Kenville Mine Road, just off BC highway 3A, 10 minutes outside Nelson. Our main power source is electric, supplied off the Kootenay hydro-electric generation system, and just recently installed at site and ready to go," the firm added.
"The rock we are mining is some of the most composite competent rock you can mine in and is clean and acid neutralising, and desired by many for aggregate. Engineered concrete, slope stabilization, engineered backfill, road topping, landscaping," it added.
"The run-off water from the mountain that disperses out the mine portal is some of the best drinking water in the province and provides an excellent power source for both surface and undersurface activities," it said. "We are installing our own site management and security system utilising solar and electric power."
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