It is one of the city’s biggest projects in decades and NISG is literally on top of it. Goldcorp’s Hollinger Project is one of the most significant mining projects ever undertaken by Goldcorp’s Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM). It involves the revitalization of an historic gold mine into a sustainable green space, with the unique challenges of being located immediately adjacent to the downtown core of the City of Timmins.
The Hollinger gold deposit was discovered in 1909 by Benny Hollinger and Alex Gillies, one of the “Big Three” mines which also included the McIntyre and Dome mines. The main Hollinger Mine operated from 1910 to 1968, during which time 65,778,234 tonnes of ore was milled, producing 19,327,691 ounces of gold, making it one of the richest mines in western hemisphere. NISG is one of several contractors working on the “berm”. Almost all of the berm has been completed. It involved moving more than 4.7 million tonnes of rock. The berm is the high wall of rock and soil raised to surround the pit to mitigate the effects of blasting vibration, dust and noise. NISG has been hydro-seeding the massive structure as part of Goldcorp’s efforts to reduce the unsightliness of the 35-metre high structure on the Timmins skyline.