In early August, Geoff MacLellan, Nova Scotia’s minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal, said the company intends to open Donkin as soon as possible, almost certainly by the first few months of next year. The mine’s owners, he said, were “moving aggressively” to construct mine infrastructure, including a new electric transmission line to bring power into the mine site to prepare for the start of mining. Employees were being hired to staff the mine and mining equipment was being ordered and delivered to the site, MacLellan added. Cline/Kameron officials could not be reached for comment. The province has permitted Donkin to produce up to 2.75 million metric tons (mt) annually. The mine’s total capacity, however, is about 3.6 million mt per year. It boasts about 480 million mt of high-quality reserves.