MERN - Québec Mines - Abitibi - Baie-James Triennial Plan 2003-2006

February 2003

Ni-Cu dominant magmatic deposits

The Raglan Mining Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Falconbridge Ltd., began open-pit and underground production in 1998, after an initial investment of $500 million in the mine, concentrator and infrastructures. The mineralization is composed of several massive sulfide lenses associated with Proterozoic ultramafic flows that extend along the contact between tholeiites and sediments of the Povungnituk Group and komatiites of the Chukotat Group. The average grades from 23 samples taken at the Raglan mine were 4.49% Ni, 1.22% Cu, 2.9 g/t Pd, and 1.3 g/t Pt. Reserves at the mine are 9.0 Mt of ore at 3.06% Ni and 0.89% Cu. Nine zones are recognized over a distance of 55 km in the area of the mine (Donaldson, Boundary, West Boundary, 13–15, 5–8, Katinniq, 2–3, East Lake, and Cross), as shown in Figure 1. The sulfides are associated with pentlandite and pyrrhotite. Chalcopyrite, magnetite and pyrite are also associated with Cu and PGEs.

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