Hudbay Minerals Inc. announced today that it has concluded mining activities at its 777 mine near Flin Flon, Man. Reserves at the site have been depleted after 18 years of production.
The 777 deposit was a large, rich orebody with copper, zinc, gold, and silver, and the mine was the flagship project for Hudbay in Manitoba since production began in 2004.
“777 was a state-of-the-art mine that represented the pinnacle of a century of shared success for Hudbay and Flin Flon,” said Peter Kukielski, Hudbay’s president and CEO. “Though the closure of 777 marks the end of a mining era in Flin Flon, we will continue with exploration activities in the region. We care deeply about the community and creating a bright future for mining in northern Manitoba. Hudbay’s transition to Snow Lake will help deliver that future and demonstrate our commitment to being a valued member of our communities.”
Both employees and equipment are moving to Hudbay’s Lalor mine operation at Snow Lake, Man. The Lalor mine and Hudbay’s recently refurbished New Britannia Mill at Snow Lake have a 17-year mine life and are expected to produce over 180,000 ounces of gold annually.
Closure activities have begun at the 777 site. As well, the company will be closing its hydrometallurgical zinc facility at Flin Flon after more than 25 years of operation. The 777 mine and the zinc plant will be decommissioned by September 2022.