Lake Nordic Uranium Mines had conducted their own exploration program on what was called the “Lake Nordic Claims”. These claims were first located in 1953, when clear characteristics of mineralization was noted in the Dumbell Lake Area. Surface exposures had been apart of the “Upper Mississagi Quartzite formation dipping 20-degrees northward. One of the very first mentioning of these claims had spark interest in what was now called the Nordic Lake Claims. One pronoun geological structure is resembled as the Nordic Database Sill-like intrusion that continued through northwest striking dykes, and faults. Mineralization was generally chalcopyrite with specks of pyritization occurring as lenticular masses. Dyke like masses were discovered to prompt immediate attention in the area surrounding it. These types of dykes were concluded to be cross-over with the faults traversing to the west side. Lenticular pyritization occurs within moderate sections of quartzite-conglomerate interbedded with orthoclase.
Diamond drilling started in 1954, resulted in a reserve calculation of 8,289,207 tons of ore with an average grade of 0.101% U3o8 per/ton. Lacnore ore reseves had also been included in what was commonly known as the Northspan Ore-Reserves. Caclulations like these were being done in regards to remodeling a plan for a feasible contract in bring the site into operation. The ore was generally concluded in a discovery of what became the “Lacnor” Uranium Project. The ore is described to be found in a sequence of interbedded orthoclase conglomerates and quartzite. These ore-bodies of intensive size strike normally North 80-degrees East and dip at an angle of 18-degrees north. It was during this time period when the “Basal and Nordic Reefs’ were discovered. It was shortly after termed that the lower and upper beds would become discovered within the project area. A total of 556-feet of diamond drilling was done to delineate the main deposit area a bit further. Conclusions made had termed this to be accurate enough to produce significant amount of ore for the next few years to come.
Progress was once again made in 1954, as Algom Uranium Mines was formed in July of that year. The company had its very own capitalization of approximately 6,000,000 shares of $1 par value. By this time, Algom Uranium continued to sell of stock shares to promote investment by selling 2,750,007 shares. Some of the main directors of the company were F. R. Joubin, as president, W. H. Bouck, vice president, L. I. Hall, as secretary treasurer, J. H. Hirshborn, G. B. Langford, W. H. Hutchinson, S. A. Hayden, and G. A. Fallis, as directors.
By the end of 1953, and into the earlier part of 1954, the company focus on the Lake Nordic Section. A total of 88 surface drill holes had been completed towards delineating this project further. From all drilling done the company had completed a total length of 37,970-feet of core taken. This gave an indicated strike length of 5,600-feet with a thickness of 9.5-feet and had dipped 18-degree northeast. It was also considered that one of the main deep holes had intersected ore at 6,000-feet.
In 1956, it was initiated to explore the area by blasting outcrops for the purpose of providing ballasts for railway ties. These ballasts were mainly described to have been used for the grading of the railway line. Ballasts at the time we’re quite essential as it was significantly need for the purpose of making railway lines.
Northspan Uranium Mines, Limited had undertaken a joint venture agreement in 1956 that included three companies. These three companies would be come recognized as the Lake Nordic Uranium Mines, Spanish American Uranium Mines, and the Panel Consolidate Uranium Mines. A sale in conclusion had decided to proceed with this project by the development of the Northspan Mine. It also concluded that the Lake Nordic Project had also become apart of this development campaign.
It was in 1957, when the sinking of two shafts would be completed down to a depth of 2,720-feet below the surface. Underground development work had been advanced to a point where stoping was ready to commence in the No. 2 Shaft. Hoisting operation we’re being done in regards to taking out a total of 145,058-tons of ore from the underground workings. Even more progress initiated the development of a new level opened up at a depth of 2,546-feet. The No. 2 Production shaft continued to maintain the need of a loading pocket to facilitate production at a depth of 2,651-feet.
A series of underground diamond drill holes had been started to delineate the extent of the “Nordic Reef”. Upon completion of 65 drill holes this provided the necessary need to calculated the core length at 667-feet. An exploration effort had taken place to further determine the extent of the ore zone explored. It was at a depth of 2,546-feet when the ore-grade had stood at 1.71% U3O8 per/ton.
Milling operations first commenced within the year of 1957, when construction would be completed. Most of this had included the construction and installation of machinery to perfectively adapt production at a large scale. Some of the main components had included the major installation of ball mills, rod mills, thickeners, Pachuca tanks, filters, and two classifiers.
Construction followed when two headframes continued to progress in engineering. It also concluded the major construction fleet of the No. 1 and No. 2 hoist houses. Even more development continued when a new boiler house, and mill had been completed. Completion of this work resulted in constructing additional structures that included a machine shop, surge bin house, pump houses, office and change house, fan house, and staff house.
Also during this time, the No. 1 Shaft would be engineered to a depth of 2,760-feet below the surface. Estimations made required approximately 3 months to complete all ore passes, stations, and loading pockets. Lateral development continued to progress when the two shaft would become connected on the 2,550-foot level. Development of lateral extent commenced further in ore by the use of trackless mining machinery to the west. This work was followed by a major expansion program to be done in order for the company to station cut a new level. This would be followed by the completion of a new level station cut on the mines 2,546-foot horizon. Anticipation grew much stronger when a crusher station would be engineered at a depth of 2,602-feet below the shaft collar. Progressive lateral development continued to take place when a loading pocket would be constructed at vertical depth of 2,680-feet.
The property was later change from the Lake Nordic to the Lacnor Mine Site in the year of 1958. Lateral development concluded the completion of 26,703-feet of drifting, 2,292-feet of crosscutting, and 35,768-feet of raising. A total of 501,797-tons of ore had been taken out from the underground mine workings with an excess grade of 1.95% U3O8 per/ton. It was by January, 1958, when 1.3% of all broken ore had came from stopes section within the mine. Consistent changes took place by the establishment of more ore totalling nearly 72.9% by December of that year.
Milling operations continued to treat a total of 1,268,939 tons of ore from the mine. This production had its very own excess average grade of 1.89% U3O8 per/ton of ore. All ore of production standard had been hoisted through the No. 2 Production shaft operation. This amounted to taking out nearly 141,118-tons of ore by hoisting it through the No. 2 Production shaft. Nearly all ore from the mine workings had been treated within the Spanish-Lacnor Mill facilities. One of the very first recoveries in all contracts amounted to shipping 2,155,686-tons of uranium concentrate. A total of two other mine projects also gained interest through the callabration of treating all ore. These two mines were commonly identified as the Spanish American and Panel Uranium Mine Projects in 1958.
It was during this period when the amount of ore in indicated category had amounted to 6,737,000 tons. This provided a grade in excess of 2.00% U3O8 per/ton analyzed through chemical testing. Over 2,000,000 tons of ore had been indicated through this progressive development campaign. Underground exploration drilling was mainly done in order to evaluate ore-limits, and to also aid mine control.
Within the year of 1959, Northspan Uranium Mines, Limited had continued to progress with development. It was at this point in time when the underground workings had accummilated the necessity of all production. Most of this was done to ensure that the Eldorado Mining and Smelting contract was met with. Considerable amount of development came to halt as an amalgamation had been made in 1959. It was done in regards to forming with Rio Algom Mines, Limited and proceeding with other mining projects.
It was during 1959, that the Lacnor Mine resource estimate was made in accordance to mine plans. This at the time, had brough significant change to what was remodeled and calculated for the mine. Completion of resource estimates brought the project to a near steady production standard. Calculation of diamond drill core resulted in re-estimate made in accordance to specific data inputted.
Milling operations continued at a much steadier pace in relation to the tonnage of ore treated. In all ore treated it was considered to have a much significant production rate of 1,395,230-tons grading 2.058 U3O8 per/ton. The amount of production amounted to delivering nearly 9,587,500 pounds of concentrated U3O8. Recovery of uranium concentrates we’re not to far off from the standard of achieving the contract delivery goal of 20,000,000 pounds.