Ice Roads & Runways | Nuna Logistics

By: Bathurst Inlet Port And Road Joint Venture  09-12-2011

Since 1992 NUNA has constructed the majority the Nunavut's and the Northwest Territories' exploration and mine sites access ice roads and Hercules aircraft capable ice airstrips.  NUNA's specialized knowledge of northern operations and specialized equipment has enable us to design, mobilize, build and maintain the reliable infrastructure required for continuous and cost-efficient operation in otherwise isolated regions of northern Canada.

For remote Northern Canadians, ice roads and airstrips are critical supply links.  In particular, the regional mining industry depends heavily on the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road (TCWR) for the transportation of construction equipment, building materials, equipment parts, oil; and most importantly essential survival goods such as food and fuel for power generation.

World Renown Heavy Haul Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road
Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road Joint Venture, Northwest Territories & Nunavut, Canada

Since 1998 NUNA has constructed and maintained the TCWR (formerly known as Echo Bay Mines Ltd.'s Lupin Winter Road). Camps, shops, laydown areas and fuel storage have been strategically positioned along the route enabling NUNA to respond quickly to various demands placed on operating a heavy haul ice road in Canada's remote and harsh north.

The TCWR starts 70 km north of Yellowknife, NWT, traverse between 400 km and 600 km (depending on mining activities) and traverse 85% frozen lakes and 15% land portages at its longest length.  In earlier years, the route terminated at Echo Bay's Lupin Gold Mine and then was extended to reach Tahera's Jericho Diamond Mine.  With both of these mine in care and maintenance status, the TCWR now terminates near Diavik Diamond Mine.

Ice Airstrip Construction and Maintenance
Various Exploration & Early-Mine Operations, Northwest Territories & Nunavut, Canada


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