Blackdome Gold Mine

The Blackdome Gold Mine is a permitted mine and milling facility located in south-western British Columbia, approximately 230 kilometres north of Vancouver and 100 kilometres south of Williams Lake.

About This Project

The 34,794-hectare Blackdome property is situated west of the Fraser River, near the summit of Blackdome Mountain, in the Camelsfoot Mountain Range between 1,760 and 2,050 metres in elevation. Access to the mine is from either the town of Clinton or the city of Williams Lake, via the village of Dog Creek and then west across the Churn Creek Bridge. The Blackdome Gold Mine has excellent infrastructure, with road access to all underground portals. A well-maintained camp on the property accommodates exploration crews.

Since acquiring the mine in 1995, Sona Resources has carried out geotechnical surveys, exploration drilling and small-scale mining. The Blackdome Gold Mine is 100% owned by Sona with no underlying royalties and consists of forty-five mineral claims, ten Crown-granted mineral claims and two mining leases. The property has a modern, well-maintained flotation and gravity mill with a current design capacity of 200 tonnes per day. All of the project’s mining permits are in good standing.

SRK Consulting Inc. was commissioned to review and update the Blackdome resource estimate to CIMM standards as per National Instrument 43-101. The Blackdome Gold Mine has a resource estimate of 144,500 tonnes Indicated grading 11.29 g/tAu containing 52,600 oz gold/232,300 oz silver and 90,600t Inferred grading 8.79 g/tAu containing 25,900 oz gold/ 54400 oz silver.

In the fall of 2009, Sona contracted Micon International Limited (“Micon”) to complete a preliminary assessment of the Blackdome Gold Mine to evaluate potential underground mining operations at the site. Having incorporated this new information, the Micon study based on a 200 tonne per day mining tonnage rate and grade, has determined capital and operating costs for mining, ore transportation, milling, smelting, refining and site infrastructure to a level of accuracy appropriate for a preliminary assessment.

In 2012, Sona received a conditional Special Use Permit (SUP) from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the construction of approximately 5 kms of road, which will directly connect the Blackdome Gold Mine and the Elizabeth Gold Deposit Property by existing forest service roads. This will facilitate the transportation of mineralized rock from Elizabeth to the processing mill at Blackdome. The SUP is subject to Sona posting a $200,000 bond. In support of the SUP, independent consulting firms have developed a terrain stability assessment, a wildlife management plan and a road management plan. Construction of the new road is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013.

Sona has also been granted an effluent discharge permit by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment for the discharge of water from the Southwest Portal on the Elizabeth property during the planned underground drifting, drilling and sampling program on the mineralized Southwest Vein. The underground program is designed to increase the known gold mineral resources and to improve confidence in the existing resource.

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Project Status

Estimate Investment
$47 million

Estimated Project Start Date
2009 - preliminary assessment of mine

Project Partners

Sona Resources Corporation


Proponent Contact

Sona Resources Corp.

Economic Development Contact

Jeannette Nadon
Communications and Grants Coordinator
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
604-894-6371 ext. 239

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