Canadian Manufacturing

Xstrata Zinc shutters New Brunswick mine after 49 years

Brunswick Mine was one of the world's largest underground zinc-lead mines

April 30, 2013  by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

BATHURST, N.B.—Mining firm Xstrata Zinc is shuttering its New Brunswick mine after 49 years of operation.

First announced in March 2012, the Brunswick Mine, located approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Bathurst, N.B., will officially close April 30.

The Brunswick Mine was one of the world’s largest underground zinc-lead mines.

Production at the mine launched in 1964, and Xstrata says approximately 150 million tonnes of ore was recovered over the life of the mine.


The mine had previously been scheduled to close in 2010.

It employed 700 people.

The Spanish firm operates another mine in Matagami, Que., as well as two wholly-owned smelting plants and a joint venture refinery in Canada.