Kennecott Eagle Minerals is building a truly world class underground nickel-copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The Upper Peninsula’s economy has historically relied on its natural resources and Kennecott Eagle Minerals is proud to be leading the resurgence in mining activity. In building Michigan’s first new mine in decades, Kennecott is dedicated to safety, protecting the environment and to putting area people to work.
The $469 million Eagle Project is scheduled to begin operations in 2013. Eagle is expected to produce 300 million pounds of nickel, 250 million pounds of copper and small amounts of other metals over its 7 to 8 year productive life. As part of our commitment to the region, Kennecott will continue to explore for additional resources in the Upper Peninsula.
The small, high grade Eagle deposit will be accessed via a mile long decline tunnel. The ore will be extracted using an underground method called "long hole stope mining".
Once brought to the surface, nickel and copper ore will be transported by truck to the Humboldt Mill. Here it will be separated and milled into fine nickel and copper concentrates and then shipped by rail to an off-site facility for further refinement.
Upon cessation of mining operations, Kennecott will ensure that best practices are employed and that reclamation obligations are promptly and efficiently fulfilled. Returning land disturbed by mining to stable and productive post-mining land uses is a keystone of our commitment to prudent and responsible stewardship of the environment.
Eagle Project Overview>>