Back River Gold Project

Located in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, the Back River Gold Project is approximately 75 km southwest of Bathurst Inlet, NU (520 km northeast of Yellowknife, NT), and hosts the Goose and George deposits. Nuna was first on-site in 2008 with former owners, Dundee Precious Metals, and worked closely with Sabina Gold & Silver on several scopes following their purchase of the project in 2009. B2Gold acquired Sabina in 2023, and with it, their ownership of the Back River Project.

Goose Mine Winter Access Road (2022-Present)

Commenced: 2022
Completed: In Progress
Client: B2Gold Corp.

In November 2022, Nuna West Mining was awarded a contract to construct and maintain a winter ice road to the Goose Gold Project. The 163 km road provides access from the marine laydown area at the southern end of Bathurst Inlet to the Goose Site, allowing for the transport of approximately 1,500 loads of equipment and supplies during the winter road season. Nuna West was retained for this scope for both the 2022 and 2023 winter road seasons.

Goose Earthworks (2020)

Commenced: 2020
Completed: 2020

In summer 2020, Nuna West Mining (NWM) was contracted by Sabina for further infrastructure development at the Goose site. Utilizing the Owner’s equipment fleet, NWM’s scope included runway expansion (length and width); continuation of haul road development to the plant site location; and excavation of a portal box cut to provide access for the first underground advance.

Marine Landing Area & Goose Infrastructure Development (2017-2018)

Commenced: 2017
Completed: 2018

In 2017, Nuna was engaged by Sabina to provide constructability review and cost estimating related to the development of site infrastructure at the Bathurst Inlet Marine Landing Area (MLA), and for the Goose Site infrastructure and plant site development. During 2018, Nuna crews were deployed to the MLA site to develop a quarry, and construct freight storage pads, camp pad, all-weather airstrip, and site roads utilizing Owner-supplied fleet.

Early Earthworks & Infrastructure (2012-2013)

Commenced: 2012
Completed: 2013

In 2012, Nuna’s winter scope required Hercules aircraft mobilization of equipment from our available inventory via an ice strip located at Hope Bay and from Yellowknife, NT. The fleet mobilization included: Cat 320 excavator, 140 grader, 730 haul trucks; CS563 packer; wobbly wheel packer; water truck; mechanic rig; and crew cab. Nuna’s summer scope included: construction of an access road from the camp; and construction of an airstrip to accommodate larger payload Dash 7 aircraft, which provided the Client with 4 additional landing months in the season. In 2013, Nuna was contracted to carry out rock excavation and early earthworks services. Scope included: establishment and maintenance of a Hercules capable ice airstrip on Goose Lake; development of a rock quarry, which included drill / blast activities; construction of a 5 km road from the existing airstrip to the proposed plant site area; crushing services for production of crush rock for roads and airstrip base and topping; upgrade and widening of the existing road from airstrip to camp; and construction of pads near the future plant site.

George Lake & Goose Lake Advanced Exploration (2008)

Commenced: 2008
Completed: 2008

Dundee Precious Metals (formerly Kit Resources Ltd.) operated the George Lake and Goose Lake advanced exploration projects, located approximately 60 km south of Bathurst Inlet, NU.  Nuna’s scope included:  procurement, mobilization, and transportation of drill equipment, support equipment, and fuel from Yellowknife to the George Lake and Goose Lake sites; establishment of a 162 km route from Contwoyto Lake to both sites for Nodwell transportation of the drill and support equipment; construction of airstrips on the ice at both George Lake and Goose Lake locations; and coordination of fuel lifts by air from Lupin to the sites.