Coeur Alaska mine GM addresses conference attendees

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Mark Kiessling, the general manager of Coeur Alaska-Kensington Mine told the Southeast Conference his company is looking to increase the workforce in the region.

    Attracting young and qualified workers, he said, is key.

    “We’re interacting with the high school STEM and science programs, and the UAS mining program to find qualified workers," he said Tuesday.

    Kiessling said 115,000 ounces of gold were sold in 2018. A new power house was also constructed, and three new exploration drill targets were begun.

    A focus for the future is exploration, but new storage for tailings and waste rock is also important, Kiessling said.

    “We had some criteria to determine the best locations to get us through 2034,” he said. “We need to use existing infrastructure and provide a net benefit for wildlife and aquatics. We also want to reduce our carbon footprint. So the conclusion we came up with is construction of a lift to our current tailings treatment facility. It will create a causeway between Upper and Lower Slate lakes. The causeway will prevent tailing from entering the upper lake.”

    Two veins, the Raven and Kensington, are currently being explored by the company. A technical report also estimates that the mine life of Kensington will last through 2022.

    He also said the mine wants to increase from 2,000 to 3,000 tons of mill throughput each day.


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