Nickel mine in Quebec’s northernmost region fully supplied for next nine months

Allammaq underground mine in northern Quebec. (Image courtesy of Canadian Royalties).

Canadian Royalties’ Nunavik nickel project, located in Quebec’s northernmost region, just received a full load of food and supplies that are to last for nine months.

The remote mine is located in the Nunavik region, which is the homeland of the Inuit of Quebec. Average temperature highs for January are −21 degrees Celsius. 

French food services and facilities management company Sodexo was in charge of delivering the food load to the operation. It took the company six weeks and 102 containers to make sure employees at the mine get three meals a day for the next 279 days.

Canadian Royalties is a private mining company owned by a parent company in China, Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co., Ltd.

“Due to weather as well as the mine’s location and operational needs, Sodexo’s mobilization required the sourcing and delivery of the nine-month supply of food and provisions in a six-week timeframe while managing the transition of essential hospitality services to ensure the health and safety of all employees and that mine operations were not interrupted,” the firm said in a media statement.

According to Sodexo, the success of the operation was in part due to its strong relationship with local communities.

“Sodexo and our Inuit partner Nuvu successfully established a team to secure a reliable supply chain. Together, we leveraged Sodexo’s international experience and Nuvu’s local expertise to apply innovative methods and cultivate meaningful relationships with the community to deliver results,” the brief states.  

The Nunavik nickel project started production in February 2013, with a concentrator of a capacity of 4,500 tons/day, fed by various mines, including Expo, Allammaq and Mequillon.

Canadian Royalties is a private mining company owned by a parent company in China named Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co., Ltd.

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