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Few details on Ring of Fire road decisionTories target the North

By: Ben Leeson, The SudburyStar.com
Feb 14, 2017

Move on Ring of Fire

Asked about his vision for development in the Northern Ontario Ring of Fire, a massive deposit of chromite and other minerals in the James Bay Lowlands, Brown said the province must do its part to speed up the process.

Noront Resources and KWG Resources, two major players in the Ring, recently laid out their plans for development there. Noront hopes to start small with a road while mining nickel, copper and a small amount of chromite to sell in the northeastern United States, while KWG prefers a railroad to move large quantities of chromite.

Chromite is a key component in the manufacture of stainless steel.

“This needs to be done, obviously, in co-ordination with indigenous communities and local municipalities, but we have been waiting five years,” Brown said. “What I’m saying is this can’t be delayed further and what we would want is to expedite that investment. Everyone’s got to be at the table for that, but we can’t be sitting and waiting another five years. We have had three announcements that shovels were about to go in the ground, three re-announcements in five years, and there are no shovels in the ground.

“As far as rail to road, those are options we would welcome looking at with all the stakeholders involved.”


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   KWG RESOURCES & CHINA FIRST SURVEY & DESIGN INK STRATEGIC COOPERATION AGREEMENT






Few details on Ring of Fire road decisionFew details on Ring of Fire road decision

By: Ian Ross, NorthernOntarioBusiness.com
November 2, 2016

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said “We’re always looking for investment in the Ring of Fire. Certainly in relation to that particular project, we’ve been seeking to see a business plan in terms of that project moving forward.”

KWG Resources and China Railway First Survey & Design Institute (FSDI) have signed a Framework Strategic Cooperation Agreement and FSDI is engaged to complete a Conditional Bankable Feasibility Study Consultation Service Agreement (“BFSCS”). The full BFSCS study is scheduled to be completed on the railway from the Ring of Fire to the CN rail line at Exton, Ontario before the end of 2016.


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   KWG RESOURCES & CHINA FIRST SURVEY & DESIGN INK STRATEGIC COOPERATION AGREEMENT






David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, was at Central Welding and Iron Works to make a huge funding announcement for the local business. Photo by Chris Dawson.Local Welding company secures big funding from the province

By: Chris Dawson, BayToday.ca
November 1, 2016

“The steel that the ministry may want to change to, it’s got more nickel and chromium in it, so it will last longer, you get a longer service life which reduces costs over the life of the bridge,” said Thomsen.”


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   “The combinations of cheap natural gas and large quantities of high grade chromite in Northern Ontario have the potential to completely revolutionize the market for chrome units into stainless steel manufacture.”





KWG vice-president Moe Lavigne speaks about the Ring of Fire at the sixth-annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Mining Summit held in Timmins on Thursday.Road to Ring of Fire may have to start in China

By: Alan S. Hale, The Daily Press Timmins Press
October 21, 2016



pdf-icon-smallKWG – The Ring of Fire Partnership Presentation

Nishnawbe Aski Development (NADF) Events, October 20th, 2016, Days Inn, Timmins, Ontario

The 6th Annual Mining Summit delivers a fulfilling learning and networking experience for participants keen on obtaining new knowledge and connections in the field of mining. Building upon the theme “Preparing Aboriginal Communities For Mining Related Business Opportunities”, the event offers a unique opportunity for participants to strengthen their capacity to explore and develop meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities and businesses on mining related business opportunities.

READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RING OF FIRE DEVELOPMENT: FIRST NATIONS AS EQUAL PARTNERS, NATURAL GAS CHROMIUM REDUCTION, RAIL AND SMALL FOOTPRINT MINE






Merafe ferrochrome output rising in higher price environment - Photo by Duane Daws, Merafe CEO Zanele MatlalaMerafe ferrochrome output rising in higher price environment

By: Martin Creamer, Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly
October 12, 2016

“Had the Lion operation not installed the Premus technology, it would have needed an additional 1,776 MWh to produce the same volume of ferrochrome. Instead, all four furnaces collectively use some 4,800 MWh/d.”


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   Reducing energy consumption by alternative processing routes to produce ferrochromium alloys from chromite ore





Trudeau’s real achievement in ChinaTrudeau’s real achievement in China

Commentary Opinion
By: Tim Armstrong, theStar.com
Tues., Sept. 13, 2016

“Joining the China-sponsored Asia infrastructure investment bank allows Canada to join an unprecedented global development initiative. The prime minister’s decision to join the AIIB was a commendable first step.”


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RING OF FIRE RAILWAY – CANADA’S SECOND LARGEST TRADING PARTNER – CHINA





Chief to put pressure on feds

Chief to put pressure on feds

By: Brian Kelly, Sault Star
9/10/2016

“Resource revenue sharing, not impact benefit agreements and employment, is how First Nations should be benefitting most for natural resource extraction”, said the former Serpent River chief.


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RING OF FIRE RAILWAY – FIRST NATIONS FULL PARTNER IN UTILITY





Road to Ring of Fire could cost up to $550-million

Road to Ring of Fire could cost up to $550-million

The Globe and Mail
By: Bill Curry
8/26/2016


KWG Resources Inc. own estimate on Friday from GreenForest Management Inc., a company with experience building logging roads, put the price at $83.6-million to $99.9-million to access the deposits and up to $73.1-million or $173-million more to connect area First Nations to the main road instead of $550-million.

Bruce Achneepineskum, chief of Marten Falls First Nation, which is south of the Ring of Fire but was not part of the [$785,000 federal and provincial government paid] study, said his community is working with investors on a separate study focused on a north-south road to the Ring of Fire that would also connect his fly-in First Nation to the south.

Mr. Achneepineskum said he believes the benefits of an all-weather road are clear, given that it costs about 52 cents a pound to transport goods into the community.

“Your wallet shrinks pretty fast,” he said. “The road would bring down the cost of living in remote communities. It would free up money to further construction, build more houses, people could buy more food and it would allow a little bit of freedom for those residents to come in and out of the community and mingle with the outside world.” – The Globe and Mail


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RING OF FIRE – ENGINEERING – EAST WEST ALTERNATE ALL-SEASON ROAD SYSTEM





Matawa Messenger May 2015 - Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations Sign Agreement

Matawa Messenger May 2015 – Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations Sign Agreement

Ring of Fire Leaders Sign Agreement

Ontario News North
By: Karina L. Hunter – Editor/Publisher 4/19/2015



Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation today entered into a “Negotiation Protocol Respecting Early Exploration in the Ring of Fire”. The protocol strengthens the commitment of both First Nations to work together to advance their common interests in a coordinated manner while respecting their mutual and unique interests over their respective lands and approvals to use the lands.

“This will not only be good for us, but will also be good for the exploration companies to know the protocols for exploration on our mutual traditional lands”, stated Chief Cornelius Wabasse of Webequie First Nation.


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RAIL – MINE OPERATOR OWNERS: FIRST NATIONS AS FULL PARTNERS





The optimistic route

The optimistic route

ResourceClips
By: Greg Klein 8/26/2016

“Clearly nothing is going to be built in that part of Canada without social licence,” – Frank Smeenk, KWG Resources Ltd. President. As for the region’s existing winter road, access “appears … increasingly unreliable as a consequence of warmer winter temperatures.”

KWG’s study estimated the cost of connecting its proposed north-south rail line with an existing road near Pickle Lake, about 305 kilometres west, between $83.6 million and $99.9 million. Trunk roads to four reserves would add another $36.1 million to $73.1 million. The four communities, [Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope); Neskantaga First Nation (Lansdowne House); Webequie First Nation and Marten Falls First Nation (Ogoki Post).] total roughly 2,500 people, according to numbers then available to the researchers.

(The study notes that additional trunk roads to connect Nibinamik, Kingfisher, and Wunnumin Lake are also feasible but required further research for construction budgeting purposes.)


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RING OF FIRE – ENGINEERING – EAST WEST ALTERNATE ALL-SEASON ROAD SYSTEM





The optimistic route

What’s one more Ring of Fire road study?

Northern Ontario Business
By: Northern Ontario Business staff
7/27/2016

Among the challenges identified in the Green Forest report was the difficulty of road construction over the northwestern Ontario terrain and in finding sources of road building material and aggregate the closer one gets to the James Bay lowlands. The consultants cautioned against using the existing winter road network “unless it is absolutely necessary or unavoidable” since these roads are located in low, wet areas.

“Aggregate sourcing and importation is expected to be one of the higher cost components,” said the report.

Green Forest recommends taking the more direct route to the Ring of Fire, maximum the use of high ground and nearby available road building material, and avoid swamp and muskeg as much as possible.

(Note as Addition: KWG Resources put before the Minister of Natural Resources the details of the railroad feasibility study to be undertaken to insure that surface tenure may be assured as an assumption in the study, that the consolidated aggregates may be mined from the claims to provide material for the railroad bed, and that the claimholder’s priority to consolidated aggregate is maintained.)


READ HOW ITS CONNECTED TO KWG   RING OF FIRE – ENGINEERING – EAST WEST ALTERNATE ALL-SEASON ROAD SYSTEM





Economics Documentation Library


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  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report | WHERE ARE WE NOW? A Report Card on the Ring of Fire| 2014
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report | Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire
  • Thunder Bay, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, & Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Policy Resolution To Federal Government | Make The Ring of Fire A Priority Of National Significance| Visit Chamber Website –> Sept 22, 2016| Chamber Passes Ring of Fire Policy Resolution at CCC AGM
  • Outokumpu Integrated ferrochrome business in Kemi-Tornio | Investor Visit to Kemi Mine | Jyrki Salmi Vice President – Kemi Mine Outokumpu Ferrochrome, Kemi | October 7th, 2015
  • Background Paper, Economics, Resources Internal Affairs Library Of Parliament | Resource Development In Canada: A Case Study On The Ring Of Fire | Jed Chong | March 31, 2014
  • Mining in Northwestern Ontario | Opportunities and Challenges | Dr. Dadgostar Bahram, Professor Sam Garofalo, Dr. Nikola Gradojevic, Dr. Camillo Lento, Dr. Karen Peterson | September 27, 2012
  • MiningWatch Canada Report | Economic analysis of the Ring of Fire chromite mining play | Joan Kuyek, D.S.W. | January 25, 2011
  • Macquarie Commodities Research | The medium-term nickel market outlook | Jim Lennon –Consultant to Macquarie | May 2015
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    First Nations Documentation Library


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    First Nation Treaty Map Ontario

  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation – DISCUSSION PAPERS | KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN NAN TERRITORY FOCUSING ON MINING | Les Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief
  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation – DISCUSSION PAPERS | The Future of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Economy | Les Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief
  • KWG – The Ring of Fire Partnership Presentation – Nishnawbe Aski Development (NADF) Event October 20th, 2016, Days Inn, Timmins, Ontario | pdf-icon-smallKWG – The Ring of Fire Partnership Presentation – Nishnawbe Aski Development (NADF) Event, October 20th, 2016, Days Inn, Timmins, Ontario
  • Ontario First Nation Treaties – NEED TO KNOW | Treaties
    What you need to know about treaties in Ontario | The Government of Ontario
  • Chiefs of Ontario Annual Report 2014 – 2015 | Strengthening Relations
  • With or Without You: First Nations Law (in Canada) McGill Law Journal 1996 | Strengthening Relations | John Borrows
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    Environment Documentation Library


    Koper Lake, Ring of Fire, Ontario Canada

    Ring of Fire Area, Ontario Canada

  • SAFETY INFORMATION SHEET FOR STAINLESS STEEL Outokumpu | Outokumpu Safety Information Sheet | Dec 10, 2015
  • Case Study: Chromite mining and processing | Public Heath Ontario: Partners for Health | Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion | April 2015
  • York University’s Institutional Repository, Undergraduate research paper | Ontario Ring of Fire Surface Water Susceptibility Analysis | Adlar Gross & Anatoliy Sirokvash, Professor Podour | April, 2015
  • Cancer incidence among Finnish ferrochromium and stainless steel production workers in 1967–2011:a cohort study | Conclusions: It is not likely that the occupational exposures in the Finnish ferrochromium and stainless steel industry would have increased the risk of cancer. | Markku Huvinen, Eero Pukkala | October 9, 2013
  • Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium – Center of the Disease Control and Prevention | Criteria for a Recommended Standard Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium | National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) | September 2013
  • Faculty of Natural Resources Management Lakehead University | CHROMITE MINING | Environmental Assessment, Dr. M.A. (Peggy) Smith | March 14, 2012
  • Priority Substances List Assessment Report: Canadian Environmental Protection Act | Chromium and its Compounds | Government of Canada Environment Canada Health Canada | 1994
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    Rail Documentation Library


    The GreenForest Management Road Study

    The GreenForest Management Road Study

  • Green Forest PDF REPORT | Green Forest Management Inc. | RING OF FIRE & NORTHERN ONTARIO COMMUNITY ALL-WEATHER ROAD ACCESS | Released 2016
  • Northern Policy Institute PDF REPORT | Northern Policy Institute, Roads, Rail, and the Ring of Fire | October 2015
  • Northern Policy Institute Port Authority Model | PDF REPORT | The Airport/Port Transportation Authority Model – Is It Applicable for Ontario’s Ring of Fire Mineral Development? | Northern Policy Institute | Nick Mulde | Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Pope & Company PDF REPORT | A New Technology for a New Chromite District | Pope & Company | July 10, 2013
  • Tetra Tech WEI Inc PDF REPORT | KWG Resources Inc. released a study that it commissioned by the international engineering firm Tetra Tech WEI Inc. to compare the capital and operating costs of both a railroad and an all-weather road to the Ring of Fire. | February 21st, 2013
  • KWG PDF PRESENTATION | KWG hired Minnesota-based consultants Krech-Ojard and Associates and Golder Associates to study the potential for rail access and carry out geotechnical studies. | Dec 20, 2012
  • Krech Ojard & Associates Newsletter DOWNLOAD PDF | KWG hired Minnesota-based consultants Krech-Ojard to study the potential for rail access and carry out geotechnical studies. | Spring 2010
  • CANADA CHROME RAILWAY PROJECT PDF TIMES STAR | CANADA CHROME RAILWAY PROJECT Times Star, Greenstone | Jan 20, 2010
  • OVERVIEW | Early History Overview Rail Corridor Routes
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    Chromium IP Documentation Library


    Scanning Electron Micrograph of Reduced Chromite Ore Using Natural Gas

    Scanning Electron Micrograph of Reduced Chromite Ore Using Natural Gas

  • Winter, Frank – PROVISIONAL PATENT | KWG Resources Inc. (Assignee) Provisional Patent: Production of chrome alloys directly from chromite ores. | US 61/893,400 International 4562PCT, 21 October 2013
  • Glencore XPS – KWG PRESS RELEASE | Black Horse Smelting Test Produces 61.9% Cr In Ferrochrome | August 14, 2013
  • Pope & Company PDF REPORT | A New Technology for a New Chromite District | Pope & Company | July 10, 2013
  • Naicker, O and Riley, T. – ABSTRACT | Xstrata Alloys in profile. South African Pyrometallurgy | Ed R. T Jones, SAIMM March 2006
  • Barnes, A.R and Eric, R.H. – ABSTRACT | The Relative Reducibilities of Chromite Ores and Relative Reactivity of Carbonaceous Reductants. | Infacon 7. Trondheim 1995
  • Ruhmer, W.T – GOOGLE BOOKS | Ruhmer, W.T Handbook on the estimation of metallurgical process costs. | Mintek, 1991
  • Barnes, A.R; Finn, C.W.P and Algie, S.H. – ABSTRACT | The Pre-reduction and smelting of chromite concentrates of low chromium-to-iron ratio. | JSAIMM March 1983
  • Nuttington, R.C. Barcza, N.A. – ABSTRACT | Pre-reduction of Fluxed Chromite Ore Pellets Under Oxidizing Conditions | Mintek, 1989