A zinc-lead project located in eastern Yukon, 165
kilometres east of Ross River and 280 kilometres
north of Watson Lake

Project overview

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.

Selwyn Chihong estimates the proposed mine will create approximately 1500 jobs during construction and approximately 750 during operation.

More than $170 million has been spent to date to develop the proposed Selwyn Project. Selwyn Chihong, since assuming full ownership in 2013 and under the previous joint venture, has invested $150 million in the Project. Our 2014 budget of more than $65 million was spent on continued exploration, engineering and baseline environmental studies, as well as community investments and engagement. Learn more about the 2014 Field Studies here. Read about our goals for 2015 here.

For more information about the Project, please download the latest Selwyn Project Company Fact Sheet here.


Next steps in project development

We completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the Selwyn Project in late 2014 and will complete a Prefeasibility Study (PFS) in 2015.
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Learn more about the history of the Project and our development timeline here

Uses of Zinc and Lead

Zinc is used to galvanize steel, making it stronger and preventing corrosion. It’s also used to make things like die-cast 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. Learn more about zinc here.

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. Learn more about lead here.