In a letter to employees Hudbay states after mining for 90 years in the Flin Flon area they now know that they don’t have an anchor mine to replace Triple Seven and sustain operations in Flin Flon the same way they are today.
They note despite a lot of work over the past few years the most likely scenario is that mining operations will cease in Flin Flon in 2021. As a result the Flin Flon mill will also cease operations. They add their efforts to find new sources of ore from Triple Seven did not turn out and in 2022 with only Lalor ore available the Zinc Plant will have only 50 percent of the feed that is has today so it is unlikely they will be able to technically or commercially operate the plant at this reduced throughput and the most likely outcome is the Zinc Plant will also close in 2021.
Hudbay adds they are still working out the effect on jobs but there will be a need for more people at the Snow Lake area mines, they anticipate offering training to help people transition to future roles but they also expect that job loss will be part of the outcome.
Local MP Niki Ashton stated in her latest report that with the closure of Hudbay Mining Operations in Flin Flon and closure of the smelter and refinery in Thompson that these are not exciting times for Northern Communities and our region deserves better.