Nickel Plate Mine

Project Overview

The Nickel Plate Mine project is a closed gold mine owned by Barrick Gold Corp. It is located 3 km northeast of Hedley, BC. The Nickel Plate Mine operated from 1987 to 1996 and used permanent surface storage of waste rock and tailings. Closure and reclamation construction activates at the tailings storage facility (TSF) were completed in 1998 but the TSF did not have any emergency spillway and as such was out of compliance with the Canadian Dam Association guidelines and the 2016 Health, Safety, and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (BC MEM, 2017) with respect to IDF management.

Project Scope

JDS was engaged by Barrick Gold Corporation to provide project management for the construction of an emergency spillway at short notice in order to meet their regulatory requirements at the Nickel Plate Mine. Earthworks civil construction included the excavation of the emergency spillway and the placement of geotextile and multiple layers of screened and sorted rock material. JDS also provided construction supervision and technical support for the duration of the project. The project was completed on-time and on-budget despite numerous permitting and scheduling constraints.

Barrick Gold

British Columbia

$650 k