MAX MINE AND MILL
The Max property covers more than 5,200 hectares near the community of Trout Lake in southeastern British Columbia and includes the Max mill as well as the underground workings of the Max molybdenum project. The Max molybdenum project was explored by Newmont Exploration Canada Inc. in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including development of an underground access adit, rock dump and roads. FortyTwo reportedly began mine development work and commercial production in 2008. The mine production was suspended in September, 2010, due to an underground pillar collapse and was put into care and maintenance in late 2011 due to continued low molybdenum prices.
The Max molybdenum project mill is the suggested site for processing the gold-copper-silver-mineralized material from the Willa deposit, as described in the Willa preliminary economic assessment technical report. The Max mill is located 142 kilometres from the Willa deposit by road. Ash et al. (2016) noted that, as of late 2015, the Max mill had BCMEM permits in good standing, but they might need amending and/or extending if material is going to be shipped from the Willa property and if new tailings are to be produced.