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17.0

OTHER RELEVANT DATA AND INFORMATION

As noted in Eggleston et al. (2008), Shore has commissioned studies by external consultants on the following areas, which are expected to be completed in 2009.

17.1

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

AMEC and Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth) have been retained to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) for the Star Diamond Project. Baseline data collection is expected to be complete in 2009. The EIA is expected to be completed in 2009/2010.

17.2 HYDROGEOLOGY

As part of the EIA process, construction of a groundwater flow model will be undertaken. Water management issues, such as open pit dewatering and dealing with large volumes of water that may potentially be high in total dissolved solids are also to be assessed.

17.3 GEOTECHNICAL

The geotechnical assessment is to be undertaken by SRK and Clifton Associates (“Clifton”). Collection and summary of geotechnical data from the sampling programs has been completed. SRK and Clifton are currently completing a geotechnical model, which will be incorporated in recommendations for open pit design.

17.4

MINING AND PROCESS STUDIES

P&E has been retained to evaluate mining options and prepare mine plans based on the preferred option. AMEC has been retained to provide an order-of-magnitude assessment of the costs of constructing processing facilities at the mine site for one selected production rate. These studies include:

  • conduct a mining method trade-off study to evaluate open pit mining alternatives;

  • develop preliminary mine design criteria;

  • select base case mining method(s);

  • conduct a trade-off study to determine optimum project production rate;

  • develop mine layout including mining parameters, a stockpiling strategy, mineral reserves, and the production forecast/phasing;

  • develop options for overburden containment/storage;

  • establish basis for mineral reserve calculation (dilution, ore recovery, cut-off grade) and subsequently develop the mineral reserve estimate;

  • develop basis for mine scheduling;

  • prepare development and production schedules;

  • develop mining equipment requirements (mobile and fixed);

  • develop manpower plan;

  • review and summarize bulk sample plant and test work data;

  • develop preliminary process design criteria based upon the production rate provided in the mine design, in consultation with Shore;

  • develop flowsheets and mass balances for production rates;

  • prepare process equipment sizing and specifications;

P&E Mining Consultants Inc. NI 43-101 Technical Report No 159 Shore Gold Inc. - Star Diamond Project Resource Estimate Update

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