ELKO — General Moly began preliminary construction on its Mt. Hope molybdenum mine project this week.
The early construction includes early well field development and clearing and grubbing of terrain at the planned mine, which is about 23 miles northwest of the town of Eureka.
“We are pleased to start preliminary construction activities at Mt. Hope as we prepare for heavy construction in the spring,” said General Moly Chief Executive Officer Bruce Hansen. “Our work plan emphasizes careful cost management, a timeline of continuous construction and close collaboration with all of our stakeholders to develop Mt. Hope in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”
A crew from Ames Construction Inc. has been mobilized, and is focused on clearing the administrative office and mill site areas as well as clearing the water pipeline corridor in preparation for developing the well field and water distribution system to support heavy construction activities, according to General Moly.
“Some is the cultural clearance,” said Zach Spencer, General Moly director of external communications. “We will also be doing tree removal; whatever we can do depending on the weather.”
Many of the cut down trees will be turned into firewood.
“We will work closely with the senior centers in Eureka County,” Spencer said. “We will donate the wood to seniors and the underserved. We are still finalizing our wood dispersal program.”
Bob Pennington, chief operating officer of General Moly, said the company is focused on developing a robust infrastructure of communications, water management and office space.
“In addition, we are moving forward on health and safety measures including our recent contracting for an onsite emergency response provider” Pennington said. “We are also pursuing environmental priorities such as salvaging topsoil for use in reclamation.”
“We believe the Mt. Hope Project will become an important contributor to economic development and job opportunities in Northern Nevada for decades to come and have been gratified by the support we are receiving from the state and local community,” he said. “Recently, a ceremony to bless the ground and the project was performed by the tribal elders and spiritual leaders of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe.”