As development continued the company would further expand this operation within the year of 1960. Much of this expanding would further sink the No. 1 and No 2 shaft operations. More so the No. 1 shaft was sunken further below ground levels when it was reaching a depth of 3,379 feet. The main level of this massive shaft is commonly considered to be stationed and cut on the mines 3,227 foot level, and the main level of the No. 2 shaft is cut and station on the mines 2,909 foot section. Within 1958, the two shaft operation were strongly considered to have been fully connect with each other as production was becoming heavy. In addition towards expanding this operation the company also connected the two shaft operations with two adit that became driven within the steep hillside. Nevertheless, the company would also install much of the needed grinding and crushing equipment within these excavated chambers. By no time the crushing and grinding equipment was fully in operation by February, 15, 1958, when the mine was producing rich uranium oxide.
Further development procedures would continue to take place in 1960, when a huge amount of lateral development was constructed. Generally this whole entire expansion had included 9,424 feet of drifting, 87 feet of crosscutting, 647 feet of conveyor installation, and 346 feet of raising that was done within this year. As this development had occurred the mine was rather looking like a thriving operation when 85,290 feet of drifting, 2,040 feet of crosscutting, 4,393 feet of conveyor-ways, and 3,738 feet of raising was establish. By this time period the company would further explore this project when 1,563 diamond drill holes had obtained 12,151 feet of core sample from underground. Within 1960, the company it self would end up hoisting a large amount of ore that totalled 1,118,601 tons of ore. During this time the company and its team of miners would process 1,121,942 tons of uranium oxide ore. Much of this production was rather considered to have been taken from a daily average of 3,090 tons. Even the mining operation was rather looking furious when the Stanrock Uranium Mines Limited. had employed 680 men towards this production business. Some more mining equipment was also added towards the underground working as the mine was looking very productive. Nevertheless, the mining operation did not continue with any more development or production during 1960.
More changes towards the Stanrock Uranium Mine would commence when the Stanrock Uranium Mines Limited had obtain a contract from the Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited. This whole entire contract would entitle the company to deliver its own uranium oxide to Eldorado as it would be processed and treated. Much of this ore had yield a large amount of uranium as 2,886,105 pounds would be shipped at a price per a pound that was approximately $5.40 for the first 2,000,000 pounds, and $5.50 for the balance. During this contract signing the company would additionally have to pay $10,75 per a pound of ore that was first shipped. Much of the first shipment would also be delivered within the year of 1963 as it would take some time to gather that much uranium oxide.
Further so the Stanrock Uranium Mines Ltd. would also continue on expanding its operation within 1961. Almost all of this expanding would be confined to further development procedures that included 11,865 feet of drifting, 378 feet of crosscutting, 746 feet of conveyorways, and 162 feet of raising. As this had occurred the company's operation was looking very productive when it had included 97,155 feet of drifting, 2,418 feet of crosscutting, 5,140 feet of coveyorway, and 3,900 feet of raising. When these development procedures became completed, the company would also conduct its own exploration phase when 1,600 diamond drill holes had been driven within the solid rock. Much of this drilling program would also obtain a large amount of core sample that totalled 13,031 feet. Nevertheles, the company and its team of miners had hoisted another large amount of ore that ended up totalling 1,059,448 tons. Within this time period the mill was also rocking it when it processed and treated 1,060,163 tons of ore. This production was reported to have came from a daily production rate of 2,900 tons of ore. Even employment was rather pretty high when the company had employed a total of 621 men towards this production.
Almost all development and production would continue to take place in 1962, when the Stanrock Uranium Mines Limited had started to expand this mining zone once again. Much of this expanding phase would establish a huge amount of lateral development towards this uranium mine production. More so the company, and its dedicated team of miners had soon taken this production to the next level when 13,117 feet of drifting, 434 feet of crosscutting, 850 feet of conveyorway, and 125 feet of raising was done. As construction continued to take place the mining zone was rather looking like a thriving project when it had consisted of 110,272 feet of drifting, 2,852 feet of crosscutting, 6,020 feet of conveyorway, and 4,025 feet of raising. Even the main mine road was now entering this mining zone when it was located 15 miles from the small settlement town of Elliot Lake. Besides establishing a road this mining zone was accessed by the means of two shaft operations that we're located at a distance of 800 feet apart from each other, and along the shorelines of Quirke Lake. By this time the company, and its team would determine what shaft operation would do all the hoisting and servicing for this uranium production business. Soon enough the company had determined that the 3,380 foot shaft would become the main hoisting shaft, and the 2,950 foot shaft had done all the servicing for this production. Much of this geological formation zone was known to comprise of a thin series of closely overlapping conglomerate beds that dip 17 degrees to the south of the workings. The main method of extracting the rich uranium ore is done by panel stoping procedures that are considered to be 7 feet high by 35 feet wide, and are known to be opened up by haulageways which are driven in the ore zone. Generally the main method of extracting this ore is done by scraping the rock with slushers, as the trucks transport the ore to the conveyorway, and the ore is than delivered to the main hoisting shaft. From here the ore becomes hoisted to the surface before being processed and treated at the on-site milling facility. As the ore enters the milling facilty, its than concentrated by the means of an acid leach ion exchange processing procedure. All production from the milling facility was also commonly known for concentrating 3,000 tons of ore on a daily basis.
Further so the company it self was ready to ship a huge amount of ore bearing material to the Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited's refinery. Almost all of this whole entire procedure would end up shipping a huge amount of ore by 1963, that totalled 9,198,000 pounds of uranium oxide from this mining zone. In addition the company would also obtain another contract in August, 1962, for another additional 2,886,105 pounds of uranium oxide shipment. Nevertheless, the two contracts had also entitled a huge amount of uranium oxide shipments that were known for totalling 150,000 pounds of uranium content on a monthly basis. Even production from the on-site milling facility was rather booming when another huge amount of ore became processed. Much of this whole entire processing stage would mill a total of 1,033,515 tons of material that came from this mining project. As this had occurred the Stanrock Uranium Mines Ltd would additionally ship 1,791,071 pounds of uranium oxide to the refinery.
Production and development was rather a continuous process within the year of 1962, when the company moved onto more serious mining methods. These newly establish methods had included the recovery of Uranium Oxide from the mines drainage waters in 1962 and 1963. It would also move onto other mining methods in 1963, when the stope walls and residue became extracted by washing it down. Company officials from the Stanrock Uranium Mines Ltd had also upgraded the No. 3 conveyor that was now known as the No, 4 conveyor system. More so these installation became completed because it was rather known to transport the ore to the storage bins that we're located east of the shaft operation. Further upgrades would soon continue when the company was nearly completed the re-installation of the No. 2 conveyor system that would now be identified as the No. 5 conveyor. Generally this whole entire re-installation had completed 75 % of the project by the end of 1962 The reason for constructing this conveyor system was strongly aimed at transporting the ore from the concentrated mining area north of the No. 2 shaft, to a transfer point that was located at the end of the No. 1 conveyor. No other development or production had continued during this time period of being very active towards development and production procedures.
Soon enough the Stanrock Uranium Mines Limited had further continued development procedures on the mining zone. Much of this became achieved when the company had completed 3,773 feet of drifting, 9 feet of crosscutting. and 351 feet of raising. During this time period the mining zone was now comprising of 114,045 feet of drifting, 2,861 feet of crosscutting, 6,026 feet of conveyor way, and 4,376 feet of raising. Company officials had even constructed raises that became driven in order to provide good ventilation for the mine workings. Within this time period the company and it's workforce had also hoisted a large amount of ore from the mine that totalled 807,762 tons. Most of this extracted ore had also been taken from the mine with its own daily production rate of 2,660 tons. As milling continued to take place the company had also package a large quantiy of uranium that had its own total of 1,549,558 pounds. In addition the company would also estimate a total reserve of 18,574 pounds in its very own milling circuit. By this time the Stanrock Uraniun Mines Limited had shipped a large quantity of uranium that totalled 1,597,943 pounds. All of this shipment was rather being delivered to the Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited by contract. Never to say the company would not make its own production cut when it still required a total of 209,607 pounds of uranium oxide. Soon enough the milling facility would end up treating all of this uranium ore as it had processed 811,244 tons. Additionally the company would also commence its own drilling phase when 522 diamond drill holes had obtained 5,596 feet of core sample.
Within the time period of 1964, the mine was rather changing its operation methods when all underground mining was ceased. More so the company had decided to remove the ore by the collection and treatment of mine water. Generally this whole entire process was now involving bacterial leaching that extracted the uranium by washing down the workings with high pressure water. Once the water extracts the uranium, its than pumped out by a massive pump that feeds this water straight to the milling facility. Nevertheless, the water that's pumped out also carries high quality of uranium from the mine workings. In addition the company would also estimated a total of 15,000 pounds of uranium oxide material per a month. This newly establish method was also far more less costly than operating this production by blasting and drilling it. But the company also face its own dilemma when it didn't know how much uranium it could extract from the main workings. Further so the company had also wash down the same areas for two years, and has not seen a decrease in uranium extractions.
No further drifting, crosscutting, raising, or conveyor ways became establish in 1965, when the mine was still exploding with uranium. During this time period the mill was also in operation when it had produced a total of 115,428 pounds of uranium oxide. This whole entire shipment would end up making the company even more rich when it received $813,738. By no time the company had shipped this uranium oxide material to the Eldorado Mining, and Refining Limited. In addition the company would also provided a new contract for all the sales of ore to the Eldorado Mining, and Refining Limited. By the end of 1965, the company had completed all of its production for that year as the mine was still kept active.
All mining operation soon became abandoned when the company decided to fold from the game in 1966. In addition this large scale mining operation had its own development footage of 114,054 feet of drifting, 2,861 feet of crosscutting, and 4,376 feet of raising from all of its production and development. Raising within the Stanrock Uranium Mine was also mainly driven along the ore sheets, and had also continued as production raises for additional 45,000 feet. Further so the company would also continue to produce high quality of uranium from the bacterial leaching phase. Much of this phase was being done on a three month cycle schedule in order to meet production standards. Even washing procedures became carried out on two shift that had a total workforce of 8 men doing the washing. Soon enough the company would also install a new stainless steel malti-stage pump, and its very own rubber line discharging piping. Most of this became establish because it would neutralize the water before pumping it out to the surface. Once the water becomes pumped, its than processed at the mill for the production of uranium oxide, During this procedure the company is also commonly considered to also extract another resource known as yttrium. More so the yttrium is also known to be commercially sold as its used in the manufacturing for color television tubes. Far more development was also being conducted when the company wanted to increase its ventilation procedures underground. Nevertheless, the Stanrock Uranium Mine was place on decommission as it was looking to open up once again. However, this could only done if the Uranium Oxide Market had increased again to permit underground mining procedures. By this time the company also employed a serious number of people that had its own workforce of 69 men. As mining within this operation had slowly died down, the company would not commence any more development or productions. More so the company would end up making a lot of money on sales when a total of $818,681 was received. Most of these sales became sold to the Eldorado Mining, and Refining Limited, and the Yttrium was sold to the Michigan Chemical Company. Company officials from the Stanrock Uranium Mines Limited had now down sized its workforce when 60 men became employed. It also became noted that the first shipment of yttrium was shipped in 1966, when the Michigan Chemical Company received 20,724 pounds. Yttrium, and Thorium are mainly known as by-products oxide that became extracted from the milling operations in Elliot Lake.