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The Kiena gold mine is located approximately 380 km NW of Montreal near the town of Val d’Or in Dubuisson Twsp., north of Rte 117 linking Val d’Or to Rouyn-Noranda. The first exploration work on the property dates back to 1911 when Mr. Barney Parker discovered gold on an island in DeMontigny Lake. Following a stratigraphic exploration drilling program, the North zone was discovered in 1938. The main orebody was discovered by drilling in 1961, but it was only in 1979 that Falconbridge re-investigated the deposit and put it into production. Since 1981, 450,000 tonnes of ore per year have been extracted, producing approximately 65,000 ounces of gold (Cormier, 1986). From 1981 to the end of 1990, a total of 600,000 ounces of Au from 3.8 MT of ore grading 5,22 g/t have been extracted from the S-50 deposit.

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