Zinc plays an essential role in the global economy and will continue to be pivotal in the clean energy transition.
Zinc, which is one of the 31 critical minerals identified by Canada as required for a sustainable transition to a low-carbon economy, is used to galvanize iron and steel to protect against corrosion, adding longevity to infrastructure and construction materials that would otherwise deteriorate and have to be rebuilt.
Lead supports the clean energy transition as a component of wind generation and increases solar panel longevity, according to the World Bank. Most importantly, it allows for easier recovery of other metals when recycling electronic waste.
The Pine Point Mining project, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, has the potential to become one of the world’s largest zinc and lead mines. The site’s major advantages include the significant infrastructure it already has in place, which includes power from the Talston Hydroelectric dam on site, paved highway access, and 100 kilometres of viable haulage roads.