After $10 million of investments, a gold mine at the head of the Eastmain River 250 km northeast of Mistissini is ready to start commercial production.

Work is finished on the mining site and on a 180-km winter road connecting the mine to existing roads. The company operating the mine, MSV Ressources, predicts that trucks will have to make over 300 trips on the winter road just to bring in necessary equipment, including 5 million litres of gasoline and 200,000 kg of explosives, it will take 3,000 truck trips to bring out all the minerals.

MSV Ressources expects to take out 50,000 ounces of gold each year and will operate the mine until 2001. The mine currently employs 75 people.