KWG Mission Statement


RING OF FIRE – EAST WEST ALTERNATE ALL-SEASON ROAD SYSTEM


THREE DIFFERENT INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS FOR ROF & NORTHERN ONTARIO COMMUNITY ACCESS


Separate stakeholders have proposed different ‘east west’ all-weather routes and variations of those routes, to this isolated Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario:

  1. Alternate Southern East West All-Weather Road supporting North South Railway to Exton with First Nations communities of Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Webequie and Marten Falls plus Nibinamik, Kingfisher, and Wunnumin Lake are feasible with ‘next-step’ development costing study.
  2. Northern East West All-Weather Road.
  3. Eastern West East Mushkegowuk Rail, Road to James Bay Seaport


1. PROPOSED FIRST NATION EQUAL PARTNER – SOUTHERN ALTERNATE EAST WEST ALL-SEASON ROAD SYSTEM

The GreenForest Management Road Study

           The GreenForest Management Road Study


“We went to the forestry guys and the First Nations and asked them where do you want a road and where can you build one.”
    
“Our route is about one-third of the price and goes where the First Nations think it should go and where the forestry guys say they can build it.”
said KWG Resources CEO Frank Smeenk.
– Sudbury Mining Solution 12/01/2014












As part of efforts to develop the mineral potential in Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire and to allow for safe road-based access to northern First Nation communities, KWG Resources Inc. retained GreenForest Management Inc. (GFMI) to conduct (Click here) a preliminary scoping exercise to locate an all-weather access road corridor and provide an associated cost projection. This scoping exercise focused on the location of the most cost effective, feasible and efficient location of all-weather roads in the project area.

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GreenForest Management Inc., a company with experience building logging roads, put the price to access the Ring of Fire chromite deposits between $83.6-million to $99.9-million, connecting the proposed First Nation & KWG owned and operated north-south rail line with an existing road near Pickle Lake, about 305 kilometres west.

Trunk roads to four reserves, Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope), Neskantaga First Nation (Lansdowne House), Webequie First Nation and Marten Falls First Nation (Ogoki Post), would add another $36.1 million to $73.1 million (depending on which route to Webequie First Nation is selected).

In total, to connect the four area First Nations to the alternative all-weather east-west road system and to access the deposits would cost $173-million instead of $559-million.

KWG Resources alternative road study notes that additional trunk roads to connect Nibinamik, Kingfisher, and Wunnumin Lake are also feasible but required further research for construction budgeting purposes.

Ring of Fire infrastructure corridor development should be;

  • planned for the long-term from the very beginning
  • environmentally and economically sustainable for entire region
  • beneficial and acceptable to the local affected communities

  • SOCIAL ECONOMIC BENEFITS

    
    

    The socio-economic benefits and opportunities range from short to long term for First Nations communities in the project area. Specifically short term and direct benefits that can be expected include:

    • Heavy equipment and road construction training and skill development

    • Employment on road construction and maintenance

    • Employment in road construction support sectors, such as equipment parts and service, fuel supply, food and housing and equipment service centres

    • Need for a road network management company, to provide road maintenance and monitoring services

    Most short term benefits are the foundation for transferable and lasting benefits to northern First Nation communities. The following longer term socio-economic benefits potentially could be expected from all-weather road access to communities, including:

    • Increased opportunities for local and regional-based employment, particularly associated with mining development at the Ring of Fire through an established road network

    • Transfer of road construction and equipment use skills to mining and other resource management and equipment operation sectors (construction, energy, forestry)

    • Expansion and improvement in health care delivery, including dental, home and long-term care services

    • Increased travel options for health care purposes

    • Improvement and expansion in delivery of government and social services

    • Improved response time for police services

    • Lower cost of living through ground-based delivery of goods and services

    • Lower cost of personal travel

    • Increased ability to access basic services (e.g. food, vehicle repair, clothing) and professional services (e.g. financial, legal, commercial)

    • improvement in the delivery of educational services on First Nation communities (e.g. establish secondary schools thus eliminating need for placement of students out of community)

    • Reduction in airport maintenance costs

    • Development of new remote, resource-based tourism ventures


    ROF RAILWAY CORRIDOR

    
    

    KWG Resources Inc. co-discovered the Ring of Fire chromite deposits and staked and assessed adjoining claims along a 330 kilometer-long series of sand ridges to insure the discoveries could access markets via an ore-haulage railroad on top of the sand ridges.

    (Click here) KWG Resources Inc. has now signed agreements with China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group C., Ltd. (FSDI), to assist KWG to secure financing in China for construction of the railroad upon completing a bankable feasibility study by 2017. FSDI had conducted a 9-man engineering site-reconnaissance on the Ring of Fire railway corridor during 2016.

    As the various studies and plans are completed, they will be shared with the Chiefs of the Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations for dissemination within their communities to facilitate consideration of KWG’s proposal to create an equal partnership with them in the integrated mining and transportation operations.

    KWG independently staked the railroad route to make all the ring of fire deposits viable and to acquire in-situ aggregates for railroad construction.

    Rail construction supplies can be transported via a new industrial road branching off existing roads to the west, and provide numerous remote communities with economical new road-transportation.

    As part of efforts to develop the mineral potential in Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire and to allow for safe road-based access to northern First Nation communities, KWG Resources Inc. retained GreenForest Management Inc. (GFMI) to conduct (Click here) a preliminary scoping exercise to locate an all-weather access road network and provide an associated cost projection. This scoping exercise focused on the location of the most cost effective, feasible and efficient location of all-weather roads in the project area.

    The (Click here) Tetra Tech study forecast that the rail option capital cost would be approximately $1.56 billion and have unit operating costs of $10. 50 per tonne based on 3 mtpy transported and that the road option would have capital expenditures of approximately $1.05 billion but would have unit operating costs of $60.78 per tonne based on a similar tonnage hauled. If 5 million tonnes per year are shipped, it is estimated that those operating costs per tonne would be reduced to $6.33 for rail and $59.28 for trucking.

    Under a southern, single-site, natural gas ‘integrated concentrator/reducer operations’ scenario, 8 mtpy of chromite ore could be transported on the Ring of Fire railway, and then firstly be reduced to concentrate and subsequently be reduced to ferrochome in the Greenstone area.


    2. NORTHERN EAST WEST All-WEATHER ROAD SYSTEM

    
    

    In March of 2015, the federal and provincial governments announced a joint $785,000 study, by SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., of an all-weather road for the Webequie, Eabametoong, Neskantaga and Nibinamik First Nations, in the isolated Ring of Fire mining development area in northern Ontario. The government-funded study reviewed a range of options and concluded it would cost $264-million to $559-millions. The KWG Resources funded study on the southern alternative east west all-season road, with a proposed First Nations equal partnership rail corridor, to connect the four area First Nations to the alternative all-weather east-west road system and to access the deposits would cost $173-million instead of $559-million.

    
    



    
    

    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