Transportation for the Casino Mine

Casino Mine

The future Casino copper mine is located in mountainous terrain in the Central Yukon. It is one of the coldest recorded parts of Canada and terrain includes rocky and peat soil conditions. The Casino Mine transportation development study analyzed truck haulage and road construction costs and recommended the most feasible route and port for the purposes of shipping mine concentrate and backhauling mine supplies.
The study investigated truck operating conditions on possible access routes through varying steep terrain and over some of the largest rivers in the Yukon. Trucking considerations included side-dump trailers, bulk tank trailers, standard containers on high-boy trailers, heavy-duty plastic bags on high-boy trailers.

Scope of Services:

  • Planning of seven alternative mine access routes, candidate routings to ports and economic assessment of truck hauling,
  • Identifying five candidate modes of transport, barge, pipeline, rail, air, and truck, to convey concentrate to a tidal port,
  • Assessing optimum economic solutions for transportation to and from the mine.

Client:

Associated Engineering / Western Copper

Location:

Yukon

Capital Cost:

$91 million

Dates of Assignment:

2007-2008