Tahltech Drilling, TNDC’s partnership with Geotech Drilling Services, is working on its first drilling services contract in Tahltan territory, on Imperial Metals’ Red Chris property. Tahltech is providing hydrogeological and geological drilling services, using sonic drilling methods.
Russ Prevett, Geotech’s project manager overseeing the program, shares insight, “The drilling program is providing geologists with soil cores of the overburden soils, and also facilitating the installation of wells, to allow long term environmental monitoring of groundwater around the mine site and its facilities.”
The short-term contract, estimated at 1.5 months, is running on a single shift with a continual crew of three people, working on rotations. Although the short-turnaround time and specialty type of drilling of this initial program didn’t allow time for hiring and training of Tahltan members, Geotech is committed to providing training and long-term employment opportunities for Tahltan members for future programs in the area, and throughout Canada.
TNDC CEO Peter Arendt reaffirms the commitment to ensure Tahltan members benefit from the partnership. “We are looking to foster careers by creating reliable and long-term employment and training opportunities for not only those Tahltans currently in the workforce, but those who will soon be entering the workforce.”
The maiden project demonstrates the advantage of the combined local expertise and strength of the two companies. The support of TNDC and the services it provides directly to the mine has been utilized by Tahltech Drilling, by way of heavy equipment and logistical support during the program.
Both TNDC and its partners are actively involved at Red Chris. TNDC provides road construction and maintenance, tailings impoundment area construction, and camp services. Its partners provide overburden and stripping, concentrate hauling to the Stewart port, and now drilling services. It’s an excellent example of the full-range of services that can be provided in collaboration to benefit the resource development and mining industry.
Peter adds the Tahltech partnership is focussed on the long-term. “With our commitment to the resource sector and continued exploration and development activity, we anticipate more contracts which will benefit TNDC, Geotech and the Tahltan Nation.”
Sodexo Canada has been a partner with TNDC since 2002, providing complete camp management through Spatsizi Remote Services. During this time we have worked on many projects, and employed many Tahltan members. It’s been very positive, and the business relationships have formed long lasting personal and business friendships.Ivor MacGregorVice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
We’ve completed a number of projects though our FrontierMEDEX Tahltan Ltd. partnership since we became a partner back in 2007. It’s been extremely positive. TNDC has been terrific to work with and we’re looking forward to continuing to build the business partnership.Ryan SteilPast General Manger, Canada, FrontierMEDEX Canada Ltd.
I’ve worked in several areas during my 11+ years with TNDC, and it’s been a great company to work for. It is well run, well respected, and has played a vital role in the growth and stability of the Nation. It’s a great source of pride and resource for the Tahltan people, and I’m proud to be a part of it.Carol DanielsonAccounts Manager, TNDC
Ledcor recognized the benefits offered through the Tahltan’s local expertise and experience, and welcomed the opportunity to involve community members in projects. We established Tahltan-Ledcor Joint Venture back in 1991 when we managed construction on the Eskay Creek mine. We value the partnership with TNDC and look forward to the opportunities ahead within Tahltan traditional territory.Rodger McLeanPast Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor
We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.Clem Pelletierformer CEO, Rescan Group
We established the Tahltan Macro Industries Joint Venture with TNDC in 2009. Macro is very satisfied with the relationship we have with TNDC. The company has a reputation of being a solid and reputable business corporation, that emphasizes value added partnerships and business developments. We look forward to working with TNDC in future opportunities.Darcy FriesenManager of Business Development & Special Projects, Macro Industries