Meadowbank Gold Mine

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Meadowbank Gold Mine
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Meadowbank Gold Mine
Territory Nunavut
Coordinates 65°01′07″N096°04′26″W / 65.01861°N 96.07389°W / 65.01861; -96.07389 Coordinates: 65°01′07″N096°04′26″W / 65.01861°N 96.07389°W / 65.01861; -96.07389
Opened2010 (2010)
Closed2019 [1]
Company Agnico-Eagle Mines

The Meadowbank Gold Mine is an open pit gold mine operated by Agnico-Eagle Mines in the Kivalliq district of Nunavut, Canada.



Discoveries of gold-containing Archean greenstone in the Baker Lake region were made in the 1980s. Asamera Minerals and Complex set out as partners in the project. The Third Portage deposit was discovered in 1987; this was followed by the discovery of the Goose Island deposit, and the North Portage deposit. Cumberland completed their acquisition of Complex's share in the discovery in 1997 taking sole ownership of the project. Since then three further discoveries have been made including the Vault deposit (October 2000), the PDF deposit (October 2002) and the Cannu zone (September 2005).

The entire area has probable gold reserves of 3.5 million ounces (29.3 million tonnes of ore at 3.7 grams per tonne) [2] and is open on strike and at depth.[ citation needed ]

Construction and operation

Construction of the mine was completed and the mine was opened in June 2010. [3]

The original mine at Meadowbank closed in 2019, however the support infrastructure and mill facilities at the original site are still being used for supporting a new satellite mine at Amaruq. [1]

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  1. 1 2 "Agnico Eagle Mines Limited - Operations - Operations - Meadowbank Complex" . Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  2. "Impact and benefit agreement not enough for us, Baker Lake says". Nunatsiaq News. July 1, 2005. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012.
  3. Marilyn Scales (June 23, 2010). "PERSPECTIVE: Meadowbank gold mine opens in style". Canadian Mining Journal.