AuRico Metals has submitted its permit applications for the wholly owned Kemess Underground Gold-Copper project in British Columbia, Canada.
The application has been submitted to the Major Mines Permitting Office (MMPO), and the project is undergoing a coordinated permitting review process.
Following the submission, the screening process will now begin and continue for 45 days to ensure that the permit applications are complete.
After screening and acceptance, applications will enter the review phase, when comments will be received and addressed under specified timelines. The final decision packages will be then sent for approval.
AuRico expects completion of the permitting process in the second quarter of next year.
The Kemess Underground project already obtained a positive decision statement and an environmental assessment certificate from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office respectively.
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Kemess hosts the feasibility stage Kemess Underground Gold-Copper Project, the Kemess East Project, and the infrastructure relating to the Kemess South mine.
The KUG deposit lies about 6.5km north of the existing KS processing plant and other infrastructure.
The royalty portfolio of AuRico includes a 1.5% NSR royalty on the Young-Davidson Gold Mine and a 2% on the Fosterville Mine, as well as a portfolio of additional producing and pre-production royalty assets in North America and Australia.