Pretium Resources has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the British Columbia (BC) Minister of the Environment and Minister of Energy and Mines for its $450m Brucejack gold mine.

Construction of the gold mine, which is located about 275km north-west of Smithers, is expected to commence later this year, with commercial production scheduled for 2017.

The Brucejack project is expected to create 500 jobs during the two-year construction period and 300 permanent jobs over its 16-year life.

"Ministers issued the certificate with conditions to construct, operate and decommission in a safe way."

According to the company, the ministers issued the certificate with conditions to construct, operate and decommission in a safe way. Pretium plans to address these conditions prior to starting any construction work.

Brucejack mine will not have a tailings management facility with a dam, so tailings will be stored underground in spent mine workings and in Brucejack Lake.

British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) led the review process, which was concluded within the legislated timeframe.

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The process is set to provide opportunities for Aboriginal groups, government agencies and the general public to provide input on the potential for environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects from the proposed project.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is reviewing Brucejack project, which is nearing completion.

Based on feedback received during the process, the company also proposed various design changes to the environmental assessment.

Pretium’s wholly owned Brucejack project is part of a largely unexplored land package of more than 103,000ha, located about 65km north of Stewart in north-western British Columbia.