Overall capital costs to bring the mine into production were $51.4M, compared with the original budget of $45.1M. On-site construction and mine development work began in mid 2000, with full production scheduled to commence at end 2001. Access road to the project site is passable year-round; a winter road is not required. Electric power is generated on site using diesel generators. Water for the camp and mineral processing requirements is pumped from two wells located within 1km of the plant.