800 million tonnes of raw material
Decades of chrysotile-asbestos mining in Quebec have generated millions of tonnes of tailings containing serpentine rock, located in two specific regions: Asbestos / Danville and Thetford Mines / Black Lake. These tailings represent 800 million tonnes of material which contain an average of 25% magnesium metal, are already crushed and ready to process. This represents a tremendous business opportunity for Alliance Magnesium, which is capable of extracting the material, and for the local communities in terms of economic activity, job creation and environmental remediation. Very importantly, these sites are located in industrial areas with a long tradition of export to the U.S.
Three sites are available to accommodate the various expansion phases of Alliance Magnesium: two sites in Asbestos area and one in Thetford Mines region, Eastern Townships, Quebec.
Electricity is largely available on each site. For example, three 120 kV power lines serve the industrial area. The first two belong to Hydro-Quebec’s transmission network and reach Asbestos 120-25 kV substation. Also available are two 230 kV power lines and one 730 kV power line that belong to Hydro-Quebec’s transmission network.
Natural gas is also largely available on those sites. A natural gas pipeline can deliver up to 11 000 m3/hr at 50 psi and 10 000 m3/hr at 150 psi, for a total exceeding 21 000 m3/hr of natural gas. The network pressure at the proposed plant sites is 300 psi.
Both sites are easily accessible through local roads and national routes.
There is a railway system servicing the nearby municipalities.
Two public waterworks systems serve the municipalities of Thetford Mines and Black Lake, supplied by the Nicolet and Danville rivers. The water treatment plant and the water intake are at approximately one kilometer upstream of Route 116.
Serpentine rock composition
Magnesium Oxyde 40%*
*25% Pure Magnesium