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Noranda Lead and Zinc Mine – Brunswick – New Brunswick

Producer of

Lead, zinc, copper, silver, gold, bismuth, antimony and cadmium


New Brunswick, Canada


Xstrata plc (100%)

Geology type

Volcanogenic massive sulphides

Mineral type

Copper, lead and zinc sulphides with accessory minerals

Reserve base

14.7Mt proven and probable, grading 0.36% Cu, 8.77% Zn, 3.53% Pb and 104g/t Ag (2005)

Annual production

3.53Mt run-of-mine ore, 265,648t Zn, 75,417t Pb and 5.9Moz Ag (2005)

Mining method

Underground open stoping and cut-and-fill

Processing method

Crushing, grinding and sequential flotation




Atlas Copco Wagner LHDs and mine trucks

Mining Technologies International (MTI)-Montabert hydraulic development jumbos

Tamrock pneumatic development jumbos

MTI and Cubex ITH 5200 in-the-hole drill rigs

Boart Longyear longhole drills

Secoma rockbolting jumbo

Tamrock Solo 606 top-hammer drill

Atlas Copco cable bolting rig

Atlas Copco Robbins 34RH raiseborer

JKS Boyles diamond drills

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