Company behind proposed Ajax mine opens office on Victoria Street

KGHM will operate out of 201-242 Victoria St. in downtown Kamloops as it works to revive its application to operate a copper and gold mine south of Aberdeen, an application that was rejected by the provincial and federal governments a few years ago.

KGHM — the company behind the failed Ajax copper and gold mine proposal south of Aberdeen — is in the process of opening a new office on Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops.

On Thursday (Dec. 3), a press release was issued by Abacus Mining and Exploration Corporation, which owns 20 per cent of the interest in the Ajax project, noting a local office had opened in the past two weeks.

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KTW has learned that new location is 201-242 Victoria St., in second-floor office space near Kelly O’Bryans and across the street from Red Wing Shoes.

KGHM previously occupied office space at 124 Seymour St., but that location shuttered after the proposal was rejected in December 2017, at the environmental assessment stage.

Though Abacus said the office had opened, it was not open when KTW visited on Thursday afternoon. No signage was set up on the lower level, similar to other businesses in the building, and a former wealth management company’s information was still stuck to the window of the office space now leased by KGHM.

However, KGHM’s company website points to the office space and when KTW visited, a KGHM sign could be spotted through the window, on the floor and propped up against the wall.

It appears to be the beginning of a new proposal for the mine.

The company previously hired Michal Wypych as the new Ajax superintendent. The press release said despite the “setback” of the rejected environmental application certificate in 2017, KGHM consultation with Abacus has continued to advance the project and evaluate strategies to potentially resubmit the environmental application.

KTW has reached out to Wypych for comment.

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