We’re committed to consulting with local
communities as we move the Selwyn project
forward — Have your say!

Community input is vital to our project’s success.

At Selwyn Chihong, we’re committed to communicating with residents near the project site in an open, respectful, ongoing basis. Below are some of the questions we’re most often asked about the Project. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, submit a question to us here.

What is the Selwyn project? Where is it?

The Selwyn Project is a proposed zinc-lead mine, located in Howard’s Pass in eastern Yukon, 165 kilometres east of Ross River and 280 km north of Watson Lake, straddling the border with the Northwest Territories. The project is one of the largest undeveloped zinc-lead deposits in the world.

Is the Selwyn project an operating mine?

The Selwyn Project is in the advanced exploration stage of the mine cycle. This means we are continuing our drill program and doing the technical and environmental studies we need to design our proposed Project.

What will the proposed Selwyn project look like when it is built?

The proposed Selwyn Project is an open pit zinc-lead mine with a projected mine life of more than 10 years. The mine is being designed to process 35,000 tonnes per day (tpd) of ore which, after processing, is expected to result in 2,500 tpd of zinc and 600 tpd of lead concentrate. Once processed, the concentrate would be trucked to the Port of Stewart for export. We completed the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the Selwyn Project in September 2014 and are working to complete the Prefeasibility Study (PFS) in 2015. These reports will include more detailed information about the specific components of the mine design. To keep up to date on the Selwyn Project, including future opportunities, sign up for our quarterly newsletter here.

How long will the proposed Selwyn project operate?

The proposed Selwyn Project could enter production by 2022. At current resources estimates, the mine would operate for approximately 11 years. However, Selwyn Chihong will continue to develop the deposit during production which may extend the life of the mine.

What is Selwyn Chihong doing to protect the environment?

As we develop the Selwyn Project, we are guided by the principles of respect for our environment and the people and places where we operate. This means understanding the wildlife, fish, waterways, water quality and traditional knowledge in and around the proposed mine. We have baseline environmental data for the Selwyn Project dating from 2005, giving us a lot of information about the environment in and around our proposed project, and continue to conduct an extensive field study program. With this understanding, we can develop the Selwyn Project in an environmentally and socially responsible way, through construction, into operation and after closure.Learn more about how we are developing the proposed Selwyn Project to the highest environmental and social standards here.

Who is Selwyn Chihong?

Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. (Selwyn Chihong) is an advanced exploration company currently developing the Selwyn Project, a proposed lead-zinc mine located in Yukon. Selwyn Chihong is the Canadian subsidiary of Yunnan Chihong Zinc & Germanium Co., Ltd. Selwyn Chihong’s management team comprises mining industry professionals with many years’ experience developing projects, here in Canada and around the world. Learn more about the team leading the Selwyn Project here.

Many Chinese companies do not have a good environmental track record. How is Selwyn Chihong different?

Responsible resource development and mining means companies develop projects to high environmental and social standards, regardless of who owns the company or where the project is located. At Selwyn Chihong, we are committed to creating and sustaining healthy, safe environments for communities and employees. We are developing the proposed Selwyn Project to the highest, internationally recognized standards. For example, we are in the process of implementing ISO compliant systems for camp operations and environmental management (ISO 14001 – Environmental Performance and ISO 18001 – Employee Health and Safety). Learn more about our commitment to the environment here.

How do we use zinc and lead?

Zinc is used to galvanize steel, making it stronger and preventing corrosion. It’s used to make things like die-case alloys for the automotive and electrical industries and, when combined with copper makes brass. Zinc is also used to manufacture many things we take for granted in our daily lives, including paints, cosmetics, plastics, batteries, soap, pharmaceuticals and vitamin supplements. Lead is a widely used metal with more than half of global production used to manufacture lead-acid batteries. It’s also used in plumbing, for solder, sound proofing and ammunition. When you add lead to glass, it blocks radiation, so is used in television and computer screens.