Bullmoose Ruth Mine Sites LOI (EW699-161320/A)

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Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2015/11/09 14:00 Central Daylight Time (CDT)


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Region of delivery
Northwest Territories
Notice type
Letter of Interest (LOI)/Request for Information (RFI)
Trade agreement
  • Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
  • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • World Trade Organization-Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP)
  • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
Tendering procedure
All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Wiebe, Amanda
Contact phone
(204) 510-9736 ( )
Contact address
Northern Contaminated Site Program
ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
T5J 1S6

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Trade Agreement: WTO-AGP/NAFTA/AIT/Canada FTAs with Peru/Colombia/Panama
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Competitive Procurement Strategy: 
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: 

Bullmoose Ruth Mine Sites LOI

Wiebe, Amanda
Telephone No. - (204) 510-9736 (    )

Note** Letter of Interest closing date has been extended to Monday, November 9.

Prior to posting the Request for Proposal (RFP), Public Works
andGovernment Services Canada (PWGSC) and Aboriginal Affairs
and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) are conducting an
optional potential bidders site visit for qualified firms
interested in submitting a proposal for the remediation work at
a collection of abandoned mine sites titled the "Bullmoose Area
Mine Sites". 
To meet the operational project requirements and secure the
required air services, Canada is providingadvance notice of
this opportunity for Industry to make the necessary arrangements
and preparations for the optional 2 day Bidders Site Visit to be
held October 16 and 17, 2015. 

It is anticipated that the RFP documents will be available for
download on Buy & Sell by approximately January 2016. 

1. REQUIREMENT: PWGSC on behalf of AANDC and has a requirement
for the remediation of the Bullmoose Area Mine Sites. 

The work to be undertaken includes: 
- Winter road/ ice airstrip constructionand maintenance 
- Construction of non-hazardous landfill 
- Demolition of buildings and consolidation of non-hazardous
waste in on-site non hazardous landfill 
- Consolidation and off-site disposal of non-hazardous waste 
- Capping of mine openings 
- Excavation and treatment of hydrocarbon impacted soils 
- On-site water treatment and discharge 


The Bullmoose Area Mine sites consist of the following abandoned
mine sites: 
a. Bullmoose Airfield (LAT: 62°22'10.77"N, LON: 112°43'33.78"W) 
b. Bullmoose Portal (LAT: 62°20'24.99"N, LON: 112°44'51.52"W) 
c. Ruth Airfield (LAT: 62°25'39.39"N, LON: 112°32'39.98"W) 
d. Ruth Mine (LAT: 62°27'44.90"N, LON: 112°34'23.25"W) 
e. Spectrum Mine (LAT: 62°22'26.70"N, LON: 112°48'19.94"W) 
f. Beaulieu Mine (LAT: 62°25'3.47"N, LON: 112°54'8.96"W) 
g. Joon Mine (LAT: 62°25'33.21"N, LON: 112°52'3.19"W) 
h. Chipp Mine (LAT: 62°28'1.05"N, LON: 112°38'35.68"W) 
i. Storm mine (LAT: 62°30'19.96"N, LON: 112°56'35.86"W) 

2.1 BullmooseMine 
Bullmoose Mine was first staked in 1939. A small mill that used
a gravityand flotation system was constructed at the site in
1941. The site was inactive between 1942 and 1961. Additional
exploration took place from 1961-1962, 1968-1970, 1972 and
1975-1976. The mine/mill was actively operated from 1981-1987. A
fire in themill occurred in 1987 and that coupled with lower
than anticipated mill results brought about the end of
operations. A remediation project was undertaken in 1988. As
partof this project, the majority of the site infrastructure
was removed from site. Waste rock was spread around the site and
into mine openings. 
Infrastructure remaining at site includes an unmaintained
airstrip, roadways, concrete building pads/supports at the
former mill and warehouse area, three core storage areas, two
tailings ponds at Skeeter Lake and Beta Lake, two log cabin
structures, bermed former fuel tank area, a small dock in poor
condition, scattered debris, and mine openings. 
2.2 RuthMine 
The Ruth Mine was staked in 1940. It operated as an underground
gold mine for approximately 5 years between 1942 and 1984. The
mill was designed for both mercury amalgamation and cyanidation
to extract the gold. Mercury amalgamation was used at the site
in 1942 and again in 1959. It is not known if the cyanidation
process was ever used at the site. 
The abandoned mine occupies an area of approximately 20,000 m2.
An abandoned airstrip is located 5 km south of the site. A
historic exploration camp site is located at the north end of
Tam Lake. Initial assessments have shown that the site
encompasses approximately 12 deteriorating buildings and
structures. All buildings were burnt to the ground during the
2014 summer forest fires. Amineshaft, two tailings disposal
areas, a waste rock area, a variety of wastes, including scrap
metal, wood debris, diesel drums, old vehicles and debris
(including tailings) exist at the mine. 
2.3 Spectrum 
The site was originally staked in 1945by J.E. Stephens under
TXD claims which included trenching and sampling and drilling
two diamond drill holes. In 1957, the AL claim was staked by
Beneventum Mining Company Ltd. In 1959, the company brought
loads of mining machinery by cat train and snowmobile. In 1959,
a 60º shaft was sunk to 128 foot depth (on the incline) towards
the north. It is a two-compartment shaft, about 9' x 9' in
dimensions. A single raise, 72 feet long, was blasted up along
the vein. In 1983, Etthen Mines Limited acquired the Gary claim
which was staked by Mr. Dave Smith in 1980 and applied forwater
licence for mining and milling at Spectrum Lake through the NWT
Water Board. In 1993, "Frip 1" Claim was staked by Ms. Fran
Hurcomb of Yellowknife. Currently the site has shaft, head
frame, trenches (dry as well as wet), rail tracks, hoper and
crusher, generator and other equipment, air compressor,
locomotive parts and pile of rock wastes. Portions of this site
were burnt during the 2014 forest fires. 

2.4 Beaulieu
Beaulieu Mine is a former gold exploration and exploitation
mine. Themain mining operation site, including the waste rock
piles, tailing disposal areas, trenches, and former buildings
and structures, is located approximately 300 m west of John
Lake. The site was originally staked in 1939 by Sam Hansen under
"Norma" Claims. Aboveground and underground mining were taken
place between 1945 and 1950, with limited milling for a few
months between 1947 and 1948. Intensive milling occurred during
between 1977 and 1978, when Strike Lake Resources Ltd. occupied
the camp,and used the mill to process the ores from Strike Lake
During the 1994 and 1995 INAC Arctic Environmental Strategy
Action clean-up, Deton'Cho Corporation with Vista Engineering
collected and shipped away all metal debris, drums, and other
machineries for off-site disposal. All wooden structures and
waste fuel were incinerated on-site. 
2.5 Joon Mine 
The Joon Mine property is a former gold exploration and mining
sitelocated on Strike Lake. The site was initially staked in
1939 by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Co. of Canada Ltd.
(Cominco). Exploration work consisted of surface trenching and
pit excavation with the discovery of 14 veins/zones that were
developed at this time. In 1941 Cominco conducted 186.2 m of
diamond drilling(six holes). In 1973, a new owner of the site,
Dave Nickerson, conducted 53.5 m of diamond drilling (five
holes). From 1977 to 1978 Strike Lake Resources (SLR) took
ownershipof thesite. Ore was mined by open pit methods at the
north area of the site, and ore was crushed and then trucked to
the nearby Beaulieu Mine site. Several buildings were
constructed at the north end of Strike Lake to service the
mining operation. Materials were processed at the Beaulieu Mine
Site (ninety five 205 litre drums weighing about 317.5 kg each).
In 1985 Taiga Consultants carried out "semi-reconnaissance"
exploration on behalf of Genesis Resources Corp. Ltd. Detailed
prospecting was carriedout including relocation, mapping and
sampling of the Cominco trenches and geo-physical surveys. In
1988 Treasure Island Resources (TIR) Corp. carried out 341.1 m
of diamond drilling (8 holes). 
2.6 Chipp Mine 
The Chipp Lake property was first staked in 1941 with a 32 feet
shaft being sunk in 1942. It is estimatedthat 20 tons of ore
were removed and stockpiled on site. The stockpiled ore was
still on the property in 1946 but it is considered likely that
is was removed soon thereafter. Currently only a short shaft and
trenching remain of the mining operation.
2.7 Storm Mine 
The site was initially staked by Jimmy Irwin and Hank Lange in
1940, then further to Storm Yellowknife Syndicate in 1941. The
mineral interest shifted from gold to scheelite bearing
tungsten. In 1942, Tungsten Developers Ltd. was founded, and
optioned the claims. The mining 

crew developed an 18.3 m long trench with a 4.6 m long ore
shoot. A small milling plant processed 10 tonnes of ores from
the #25 Vein, and recovered 870 kg of tungsten concentrate (35%
WO3). The tailings were reported to be jettisoned into a pond at
the shore of Consolation Lake. The operation was ceased due to
the cold weather, and 5.4 tonnes of ores were left at the site
to be milled. Exploration activities were carried out by various
companies from 1945 to 1985. 

3. OPTIONAL SITE VISIT: It is optional the Bidder or a
representative of the Bidder visit the Bullmoose Area Mine
Sites. Arrangements have been made for a site visit to be held
on Oct. 16 and 17 leaving from Summit Air Yellowknife airport
hanger, Yellowknife at 07:30 AM. Bidders must register via with
the Contracting Authority no later than 2:00 P.M. M.S.T.,
October 14, 2015, to confirm attendance and provide the name of
the person who will attend. Bidders will be required to sign an
attendance form. Bidders who do not attend or send a
representative will not be given an alternative appointment.
PWGSC will provide air transportation for the Bidder or their
representative [one (1) person only] to the Bullmoose Area Mine

4. This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public
in English. 


a. Due to limited space, each bidder attending will be limited
to one (1)representative for the site visit. ONCE THE MAXIMIM
b. Attire  It is mandatory that all persons attending the site
visit have the proper safety boots, hard hats,high visibility
vest, and safety glasses. Proper outerwear to protect from the
elements should also be worn. 
c. Attendees should be prepared to walk over rough terrain to
access the full site. 
d. Non-Registered bidders may not be eligible for thesite
e. All travel and living costs associated with travel to
Yellowknife for the purpose of attending this Optional Site
Visit will be borne by the bidder or its representative. 
f. There is a possibility that due to weather conditions the
site visit may be cancelled. 
g. There is no additional information available at this time.
Full project information will be available when the requirement
is posted to Buy & Sell in January 2016. 
h. Please register for the site visit by contacting Amanda Wiebe
(204) 510-9736 or email: Amanda.wiebe@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca 


PWGSC intends to post this RFP as a competitive requirement on
the Government Electronic Tendering Services at
Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders and potential bidders interested in
submitting a proposal will be required to order documents from
buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. The requirement will be subject to the
provision of the World Trade Organization-Agreement on
Government Procurement (WTO-AGP), the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA), and the Agreement on internal Trade (AIT). 


The proposed requirement is subject to the Tlicho Land Claims
Agreement and Self-Government Agreement. The requirements of the
Tlicho Land Claim and Self Government Agreement will apply to
this procurement. The provisions that apply are contained in:
Chapter 26, the Tlicho Land Claim and Self Government Agreement,
clauses 26.3, 26.3.1 (a). 
The area of the contract is in the Monfwi Gogha De Niitlee
identified in the Tlicho Land Claims and Self-Government
Agreement and proximate to Yellowknife and the Akaitcho Dene
First Nation Communities of Dettah and N'Dilo.
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

The Crown retains the right to negotiatewith suppliers on any

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.E10578.EBSU000.PDF000English- 2015-10-08
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.F10578.EBSU000.PDF000French- 2015-10-08
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.E10578.EBSU001.PDF001English- 2015-10-09
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.F10578.EBSU001.PDF001French- 2015-10-09
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.E10578.EBSU002.PDF002English- 2015-10-29
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.F10578.EBSU002.PDF002French- 2015-10-29
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.E10578.EBSU003.PDF003English- 2015-11-04
ABES.PROD.PW_NCS.B013.F10578.EBSU003.PDF003French- 2015-11-04


FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
122510933_fig_beaulieu.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
122510933_fig_bullmoose_rev.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
122510933_fig_chipp.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
122510933_fig_joon.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
122510933_fig_ruth.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
122510933_fig_spectrum.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
122510933_fig_storm.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
extracted_from_final_bullmoose_rap.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04
site_visit_attendee_list_abe.docxNot availableEnglish- 2015-11-04