Sudbury mining testing centre to expand: Ottawa funds NORCAT's underground centre.

Author:Gillis, Len
 
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Ottawa is invested $1,395 million to expand the NORCAT research facilities in Levack, northeast of Sudbury.

The money will be spent to create a new 12,000-square-foot surface building located next to NORCAT's Underground Centre.

An additional $100,000 is being invested in the Revolution Mining Software company of Sudbury as part of the Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy.

The July 19 announcement was made at the NORCAT office on Maley Drive by Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre.

The new service and support building is designated to be used by mining technology companies to develop, test and demonstrate innovative mining technologies. The building will include shared spaces for offices, meeting rooms, workshops, protective equipment rooms, changerooms, showers and storage areas, said a FedNor news release.

NORCAT's underground centre has been used for several years for mining companies to test new and innovative mining equipment in a real-time mining environment.

Lefebvre commented on what he called "the great work" being done by NORCAT at the underground test facility that he said gives Sudbury and Canada an advantage.

"The fact that we have this underground mine that we can test equipment right here, it's one of the only ones in the world. It really gives us that advantage.

"When we have those advantages in Northern Ontario we need to invest in those to make sure that we can do more."

Lefebvre said the investment and this facility is not only for Sudbury, Ontario or for Canada. He said it is an international business that can service the global mining industry. The infrastructure at the NORCAT facility gives it the stamp of approval that labels it as a world-class facility.

"We will be able to attract even more international businesses," said Lefebvre. "This will create good jobs.

He said the full investment, almost $1.4 million, would be a welcome addition to the NORCAT operations.

"It is an important development that will provide an environment where companies can innovate and enhance the productivity, safety and competitiveness of the global mining industry," said Lefebvre.

He added that one of the pillars of the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan is to support innovation to help the Canadian mining industry.

NORCAT CEO Don Duval thanked Lefebvre and the FedNor team for their investment along with the support of the mining industry in Sudbury and Northern Ontario. He thanked Glencore for the leasing...

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