First phase of dewatering 60% complete
Water level in the pit has dropped by 2.1 metres (7 feet)
Dewatering to continue into the third week of December
VANCOUVER, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Northern Iron Corp. ("Northern" or the "Company") (TSX-V: NFE) (OTCQX-
NHRIF) (FRANKFURT: N8I) today announced that dewatering operations on the Griffith Mine pit
continue to progress as planned and water is being pumped at an
approximate rate of 53,000 litres per minute. The pumps have been
winterized and preparations have been made to keep the dewatering
program running into December.
Basil Botha, President and CEO said; "Dewatering the Griffith mine pit
will allow our drills to get onto the first tier of benches and the
drill program should be completed over the summer months in 2013. The
data will provide the necessary information to work towards a
preliminary economic assessment and take us another step closer to
achieving our objective of putting this past producing mine back into
To date, an estimated 1.5 million cubic meters of water has been pumped
from the pit and the team is working towards pumping a further million
cubic metres for a total of 2.5 million cubic metres before shutting
down for the winter.
About Northern Iron Corp.
The Company is a 100% owner of five iron ore properties in the Red Lake
district containing over 500 million tonnes of historical resources
with grades ranging from 22% to 31% Fe. The Red Lake district is
situated in an established mining area in Ontario, where the company
has two near term development projects, the past producing Griffith
mine and the Karas property.
A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the
historical estimate as current mineral resources, the issuer is not
treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources.
The Company is currently working towards the production of HBI, a
transportable form of direct reduced iron. HBI is complementary and a
viable metallic alternative to scrap steel. Quality scrap is a critical
raw material in the steel making process. With the diminishing supply
of quality scrap steel and ever increasing market demand, steel
producers around the world will be looking to secure alternative
supplies of metallic products.
As part of the business plan, the Company acquired the past producing
Griffith mine, which produced pellets and sponge iron (Direct Reduced
Iron/DRI) from 1968 to 1986. The mine was owned and operated by STELCO
and supplied pellets and sponge iron to the Hamilton and Nanticoke
steel mills in Ontario. The metallurgy of the deposit has been proven
over eighteen years of production.
Almost the entire transportation infrastructure is currently in place to
both produce HBI and to ship produced HBI into the North American
market via rail and lake barges and into Asian markets via rail through
the port of Prince Rupert. Existing infrastructure includes all
weather roads, 115kV power line, natural gas line, rail bed and port
The Company is focusing on de-risking the project by seeking out
potential joint venture partners, off-take agreements or a combination
The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements
relating to the future performance of the Company. Forward-looking
statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may
differ materially from the Company's plans and expectations. These
plans, expectations, risks and uncertainties are detailed herein and
from time to time in the filings made by the Company with the TSX
Venture Exchange and securities regulators. The Company does not
assume any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as
that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority
has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.
SOURCE: Northern Iron Corp.
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President & CEO
Northern Iron Corp.
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