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The future brightens for Northern minerals and metals, according to News North's 32nd annual special report on Northern industry.


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This report highlights what's happening in Nunavut and Northwest Territories Construction industries.

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On the Inside:
This report highlights what's happening in Nunavut and Northwest Territories Mining industry.

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The Trout Lake airport runway, pictured here in an aerial view, has been operating without an airport terminal after the project ran out of available money. Now, tenders have gone out for the terminal. - photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation
Terminal tendering takes off
Trout Lake airport building slated for 2015-16 budget year

The Department of Transportation is collecting tenders for an airport terminal in Trout Lake, nine months after the runway was completed. ARROW Continued

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Business Briefs Monday, August 31, 2015

Retail sales up

NWT - According to a new report from Statistics Canada, preliminary retail sales estimates for the territory in January to June of this year were $401.1 million, up from $379.5 million, an increase of 5.7 per cent from the same period last year.
By comparison, retail sales estimates for all of Canada increased by 2.1 per cent over the same period.

Spill at Cantung Mine

TTHENAAGO/NAHANNI BUTTE - North American Tungsten, the Vancouver-based owner of the Cantung mine, recently reported a spill of 1,000 to 2,000 litres of mine tailings at the site on Aug. 9, according to a report filed with the GNWT.
The report states that a pipe burst, dumping water and tailings solids. Some of the water was absorbed into the ground and could not be recovered.
The mine is located approximately 150 kilometres west of Nahanni Butte. Earlier this year, the company laid off 50 workers and went into creditor protection after owing more than $79.5 million, including $5.5 million owed to the GNWT.

Imperial asks for extension

NWT - Imperial Oil, the company behind the proposed Mackenzie Gas project in the territory, has applied to the National Energy Board for an extension of a clause in their approvals for the pipeline until Dec. 31, 2022.
The company cited a "current challenging North American natural gas market" as the reason why a construction start date had not yet been determined before the end of this year.
The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Gwich'in Tribal Council, Imperial Oil, Tulita Land/Financial Corporation and NWT premier Robert McLeod all sent letters in support of the extension.

Retail sales up, wholesale down

NUNAVUT - According to a new report from Statistics Canada, preliminary retail sales estimates for the territory in January to June of this year were $181.9 million, up from $173 million, an increase of 5.2 per cent from the same period last year.
By comparison, retail sales estimates for all of Canada increased by 2.1 per cent over the same period. The preliminary wholesale trade estimates for the territory for January to June of this year were $27 million, down from $28.1 million or a decrease of 3.3 per cent from the same period in 2014. Wholesale trade estimates for Canada rose by 5.3 per cent over the same period.

Agnico applies for water license

KIVALLIQ - The Nunavut Water Board recently acknowledged it had received an application from gold mining company Agnico Eagle for a third amendment Type B water licence. The licence would be for "water use and waste disposal associated with activities in the Kivalliq region," specifically, the company's Amaruq exploration project.
Some of the items Agnico is requesting authorization for in the additional application include drilling on two lakes using a diamond drill, adding a double wall fuel and gas tanks, adding another Kodiak Bionest to increase the used water treatment capacity as well as the plan to add new rooms to the existing camp. The camp could be enlarged to accommodate up to 200 people.

Public meeting over Meliadine Gold Mine Project

KANGIQLINIQ/RANKIN INLET - The Nunavut Impact Review Board has announced it will be hosting a community information session in Rankin Inlet on the Meliadine Gold Mine Project on Sept. 2.
The session is slated to be held at the Rankin Inlet community hall, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The session will focus on the monitoring of the Meliadine project.
Simultaneous interpretation will be available, refreshments will be served and prizes given away at the session.
-- Darrell Greer



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