What is the Giscome Lime Project?

The proposed Giscome Quarry and Lime Plant project is located in Giscome, British Columbia, about 45 minutes northeast of Prince George in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

The Giscome project will include a limestone quarry, a lime processing facility, and a conveyor that will move crushed limestone from the quarry to the plant site. The location of the quarry and plant site is illustrated in the map above.

The plant will produce high-quality lime products for use primarily in pulp, mining, and other applications in Western Canada, the Yukon, and Alaska. Lime will be shipped by both rail and truck. It makes sense to produce lime in British Columbia near Giscome because there is a high-quality limestone deposit with nearby access to a major Canadian National rail line and good quality roads.

The proposed limestone quarry is located on BC Crown land where Graymont currently holds mineral claims. There is enough good quality limestone at our site in Giscome for us to operate there for at least 50 years. The quarry site is approximately seven kilometers southeast of the plant site. The ultimate size of the quarry is projected to be roughly 1,000 meters long, 300 meters wide, and 100 meters deep.. The estimated rate of limestone extraction will initially be up to 550,000 tonnes per year with a future potential limestone extraction rate of as much as 1.7 million tonnes per year depending on market demand for lime and limestone products.

The plant site will be located near the southwest corner of Eaglet Lake, on previously disturbed land near an old CN ballast site. The plant site is separated from the lake by the existing Canadian National Railway line. Graymont owns sufficient land for an 800+ meter buffer of land around the plant site. We plan to start operations with one lime kiln producing up to 200,000 tonnes of lime per year. Based on future market conditions it is hoped that up to two additional lime kilns would be built over time.

Lime and Limestone

The word “lime” refers to products derived from burnt (calcined) limestone, such as quicklime and hydrated lime. Limestone is a naturally occurring and abundant sedimentary rock consisting of high levels of calcium and/or magnesium carbonate, and/or dolomite (calcium and magnesium carbonate), along with small amounts of other minerals. It is extracted from quarries and underground mines all over the world.

Lime and limestone products are among the oldest materials used by humans for a very diverse range of applications. Lime and limestone products provide tremendous benefit to the health and well-being of society and the environment. Typical uses include environmental applications such as water and air purification, sewage treatment, construction materials, mining applications, and agriculture soil treatment.

From our proposed Giscome project, lime will be used to treat acidic water in the local pulp mills and used to refine gold, copper and other ores at mines throughout the north.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or comments about the project we would like to hear from you. We would be happy to provide you with available information, add your name to our mailing list, or refer your questions to appropriate specialists on our project team. Please contact our representative:

Rob Beleutz