Alexco Resource has awarded a mining services contract to a joint venture between Procon Mining and Nacho Nyak Dun for the development and production of the Bellekeno silver-lead-zinc deposit in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Under the contract, the joint venture is required to carry out primary ramp development and installation of necessary electrical, ventilation and compressed air services at the mine.

Full mill construction and commencement of production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2010.

The Bellekeno mine is located in Canada’s Keno Hill silver district.