Mining operations were temporarily suspended in October 2010, to introduce its underground equipment and to address certain operational issues.

The mine located in the Thompson Nickel Belt near Wabowden, began commercial production in the second quarter of 2009.

The Canadian miner expects to mine 220,000 tons of ore this year.

The mine is estimated to contain proven and probable reserves of 3.7 million tons.

Once full production begins, the mine’s ouput is likely to be 1,000 tons per day, yielding 11.1 million pounds of payable nickel per year on average.

The miner has allocated $15m towards the mine’s capital expenditure programme, out of which $6m will be used for mining equipment and the rest on development, according to Reuters.

The company is expected to set an exploration budget of $3m in 2011 and to carry out 12,000 meters of diamond drilling at the Thompson Nickel Belt Exploration Properties.