Silvertip Project

The Silvertip Mine is a high grade silver-lead-zinc concentrator and underground mine located in northern British Columbia, approximately 16 kilometres south of the Yukon border and 90 kilometres southwest of Watson Lake. The site is located within the Silvertip Creek valley, in the Tootsee River Watershed.

Allnorth was contracted by Silvercorp to provide preliminary process and surface infrastructure design for the proposed Silvertip mine. Allnorth prepared a study that included test work with an accredited laboratory to determine the best process for recovering the ore. Through the design Allnorth determined a method to sequester potentially acid generating (PAG) rock into the paste backfill and dewater the remaining tailings for dry stacking. This eliminated the need for a tailings pond and dam.

The project was sold to JDS Silver in 2013. In 2014 Allnorth evaluated the Rancharia Bridge along the Silvertip site access road and also assisted with the access road special use permit. In 2015 Allnorth conducted the mineral lease legal survey and conducted survey and materials testing throughout construction in 2015 and 2016.

Allnorth was subsequently retained to provide detailed engineering of the process plant. This included dismantling and relocating an existing concentrator facility and the installation of a new paste plant. 

Allnorth's responsibilities for the project included:

  •  Feasibility Studies
  • Test work supervision
  • Bridge evaluation
  • Permit support
  • Mineral lease legal survey
  • Material testing
  • Construction survey

Detailed Engineering and Design services included:

  • Civil
  • Structural steel and concrete
  • Mechanical
  • Piping
  • Electrical
  • Instrumentation and Controls
  • Programming and onsite commissioning

Services in this project

Civil Engineering

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Electrical & Instrumentation Engineering

Allnorth offers a complete electrical and instrumentation (E & I) systems package – engineering, installation, integration testing, commissioning, and field services.

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Materials Testing

Allnorth provides on-site and office-based materials testing services that complement our construction management and surveying services. Using mobile testing laboratories, Allnorth’s technicians conduct standard tests for concrete, asphalt, and aggregates and soils.

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Mechanical Engineering

Allnorth provides comprehensive mechanical and piping engineering services to industrial projects. Our in-house  multidisciplinary expertise allows Allnorth to offer integrated service packages for clients in multiple sectors.

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Process Engineering

Allnorth provides integrated process engineering service packages for industrial projects. We recognize that downtime is expensive for our clients, so our teams specialize in retrofitting new systems into existing operations with minimal disruption.

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Project and Construction Management

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Structural Engineering

Allnorth provides comprehensive structural engineering design services for industrial, commercial, and municipal clients. We design short- and long-span bridge structures; municipal, industrial, and commercial buildings; and temporary construction works.

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Surveying

Our experienced team of professional and technical survey staff use Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS, robotic total stations, CADD On Site, and 3D laser scanning to support projects in a variety of industries.

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