Barrick Gold – Nickel Plate Mine Stabilizing Buttress Construction

Detailed Information


September 2022 – December 2022


Nickel Plate Mine (Hedley, BC)


JDS Energy and Mining Inc. / Arthon Constructors Corp.



PROJECT Snapshot

Infracon was contracted by JDS Energy & Mining inc. and Arthon Constructors on behalf of Barrick Gold Corp to complete work on Barrick Gold’s Nickel Plate Mine. The scope of work included test pitting, PAG rock relocation, Buttress material excavation and hauling, Till excavation, haulage and placement and road maintenance. Infracon’s was able to quickly mobilize a large fleet of equipment which included: Rock Trucks (2×775, 1×773, 4x40T, 3x30T), Excavators (1x80T, 2x45T, 3x35T), Dozers (3xD8, 2xD6) and a crew of up to 25 operators. The Nickel Plate Mine was a challenging site due to the hardness of the rock and the severity of the grade on the haul roads. Infracon worked through inclement weather and into winter conditions to ensure the job was completed to client’s satisfaction.


INFRACON has a long-standing commitment to have a strong local presence in the communities in which we operate. We strive to be a leader in Indigenous Peoples inclusion through partnerships, joint ventures and working agreements. Our commitment is to build sustainable lasting relationships that provide well-being, prosperity, and respect for the people and land where we work.

We strive to work with Indigenous peoples within the Canadian legal and constitutional framework using our model of inclusion through local project related opportunities, local hiring, local procurement opportunities, partnerships, joint ventures and working agreements. Our Indigenous Peoples Commitment Policy supports business decisions on a day-to-day basis as well as pledges our partnerships, recruitment, employment, and training goals.

We foster a working environment that has no barriers to entry or advancement for everyone. We develop Indigenous Peoples employment opportunities by partnering with local communities to provide educational programs that have specific industry related training, coaching and into long-term positions. We are committed to long-term capacity building with a diverse workforce through employment and training, such as:

  • Culturally relevant training that builds leadership capacity and breaks down barriers by using materials and methods that align to Indigenous values.
  • Mentorship and job coaching to transition project workers to career positions.
  • First offer of refusal for employment.
  • Preferential contracts to member-owned businesses.


Total man-hours 9,420
Indigenous man-hours 1,495 (16%)
Total project employees 49
Total female employees 7 (14%)
Total indigenous employees 10 (20%)
Total number of BC residents 35 (71%)

Key Highlights

  • 10,000m3 of PAG material relocated
  • 45,000m3 of Till material excavated, hauled and placed on Berm
  • 60,000m3 of Buttress material hauled
  • Ongoing Haul Road Maintenance
  • Test Pit Program Excavations


“Infracon successfully completed a project for Westpro Infrastructure in Fort McMurray, Alberta in the summer 2013. I found their management team to be committed to the completion of a top quality project. Infracon personnel were knowledgeable, hard-working and professional in all aspects of their work. Infracon simply performed a miracle – mobilized in one week notice and was able to complete earth and civil works on time in spite of the record-breaking wettest summer in 30 years.”