Executive Council
Natural Resources
March 8, 2019

Premier Ball Welcomes Reopening of the Beaver Brook Mine and Creation of Jobs in Central Newfoundland

Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, participated in an announcement on the reopening of the Beaver Brook Antimony Mine in central Newfoundland – creating approximately 100 new jobs for the people of the province.

Premier Ball was joined at the announcement by the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources; the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Gander; the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor - Buchans; Huang Chongbiao, Vice President of China Minmetals Rare Earth Group; Scott Simms, MP for Coast of Bays - Central - Notre Dame; industry representatives and community leaders.

The reopening of the Beaver Brook mine is a significant announcement for the people of central Newfoundland, and the mining industry as a whole. Some 160,000 tonnes of antimony ore per year will be mined at full production and processed into concentrate. Antimony alloys are used in batteries, low friction metals and cable sheathing, among other products. Antimony compounds are used to make flame-proofing materials, paints, ceramic enamels, glass and pottery.

The restart of the Beaver Brook Mine is just the latest major recent development for the mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, including:

  • Vale’s underground mine – resulting in a billion dollars in economic activity annually;
  • The start of a new fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence, which saw over 255 full-time positions in 2018; and
  • IOC’s new Moss Pit – with more than 1,700 employees, production is forecasted to be over 21 million tonnes in 2019.

Reopening Beaver Brook mine demonstrates how the Provincial Government and industry are unlocking the province’s natural resource wealth and creating safe, high paying jobs and supply opportunities. Projects, such as Beaver Brook, are creating new opportunities for trades people, engineers, and many other fields as well as more opportunities for small businesses – such as restaurants, gas stations, and accommodations providers – to grow and expand their operations.

Mining the Future 2030 - A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Mining Industry delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“We launched Mining the Future 2030 with industry to create new opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Beaver Brook Mine project is one more example of how we are attracting global investment that is growing our economy, creating new revenue for our programs and services, and supporting new jobs for the people of our province.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“The direct and indirect impacts of Beaver Brook mine will be felt throughout the central region of our province. With approximately 100 new positions being created through the reopening of this mine, Beaver Brook is another example of how our plan, Mining the Future 2030, is working and it highlights the many benefits mining brings to the province. We are very pleased with China Minmetals Corporation’s continued interest in central Newfoundland and we hope for a long, safe and prosperous future for the company, its workers and our communities.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources

“I want to congratulate everyone involved in the reopening of the Beaver Brook Antimony Mine in Glenwood. The reopening of this mine is wonderful news for residents, municipalities, and businesses throughout my district. This project will bring increased employment opportunities and will be a significant economic driver for all of central Newfoundland. The benefits will be felt for years to come.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Gander

“I am very pleased that China Minmetals Corporation is reopening the Beaver Brook Antimony Mine in central Newfoundland. The creation of approximately 100 jobs will have a significate impact on the economy of the region. I will continue to provide my support to Beaver Brook Mine and the employment it will bring.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minster of Education and Early Childhood Development and MHA for Grand Falls -Windsor - Buchans

“China Minmetals Corporation is China’s biggest and most international metal ore mining company. It operates branches, resource projects and contracted engineering projects in more than 60 countries and regions. We are so pleased to officially announce the re-opening the Beaver Brook Antimony Mine. We are excited to be moving forward with this project and look forward to a bright future in Newfoundland and Labrador”.
Huang Chongbiao
Vice President, China Minmetals Rare Earth Group

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Media contacts
Erin Sulley
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
erinsulley@gov.nl.ca

Lisa Lawlor
Natural Resources
709-729-5777, 631-8155
Lisalawlor@gov.nl.ca

Jackie Watkins
Constituency Assistant to
Honourable John Haggie, MHA for Gander
709-256-3729, 424-3781
JackieWatkins@gov.nl.ca

Chad Budgell
Constituency Assistant to
Honourable Al Hawkins, MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor - Buchans
709-489-3409
chadbudgell@gov.nl.ca

Brendan Alexander
Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc.
709-679-5866, 902-719-6174
balexander@bbamnl.com

2019 03 08                              11:55 a.m.