Seabee Gold Case Study
The Seabee Gold Operation is located approximately 125 km northeast of La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan. The company has been active since 1991, although it became part of the SSR Mining Group in 2016.
The Seabee Gold Operation – comprised of the Santoy underground mine and a mill facility at the Seabee site – is unique in many ways. It is the only gold producer in the Province of Saskatchewan and is a fly-in, fly-out operation. Access to the operations is by fixed-wing aircraft to a 1,275-meter airstrip. The only road that reaches the operation is an ice road that is active from January to March each year. The road is the key way we transport heavy goods and equipment to the operations with over 98% of our annual supplies delivered via the road.
In 2018, we embarked on a life extension project for the Seabee Gold Operation, which will extend its life of operations by several years. As part of the life extension project, we will ramp up mining at the Santoy mine and will be expanding one of our TMFs. We conducted a comprehensive EIA for the facility expansion, which the Government of Saskatchewan approved in January 2019. The EIA included extensive consultations with local stakeholders to obtain feedback and input.
We recognize that our operation is a key economic driver in Northern Saskatchewan. We aim to hire as many people as possible from local communities and have targeted recruitment strategies to do so. We also have targeted training programs for employees from Northern and Indigenous communities. In 2018, 34% of the Seabee Gold Operation employees identified as Indigenous, 22% were from Northern communities, and 17% were from local impact communities.
As part of our procurement process, we assess whether companies are classified as Northern. This helps promote Northern businesses and helps them seize opportunities associated with our operation. As a result, we spent $13.5M on goods and services from Northern businesses in 2018.
The Seabee Gold Operation has generated exceptional results and value for our stakeholders over the last several years, including five straight years of record production. We look forward to continued partnerships with our stakeholders in Saskatchewan to achieve ongoing success.