NORCAT is planning a $4-million expansion at its Sudbury underground centre to meet growing demand for the development, testing and commercialization of new mining technologies.
Situated northwest of the city in the community of Onaping, the underground facility was established in 1997 at the former operating Fecunis Adit Mine, previously owned by Falconbridge (now Glencore).
Don Duval, NORCAT’s CEO, noted the organization is the only non-profit regional innovation centre globally to have an operating mine dedicated to helping startup companies develop, test and demonstrate emerging technologies in an operating mine environment.
The $4-million expansion calls for an addition of just over 12,000 square feet, which will include new offices for technology companies, demonstration space, and meeting rooms for buyers and sellers to conduct business.
“So you can envision a mining technology company and a mining company going to the underground centre, going into the operating mine, evaluating, looking at, examining emerging technologies that the mining technology is demonstrating,” Duval explained.