On November 8, 1963, diamond drill hole K55-1 launched the greatest ore body discovery in Timmins at the time—the Kidd Creek ore body which is recognized as one of the world's largest massive sulphide deposits. This discovery brought economic revitalization back to the town and a renewed optimism in the future of the City.
Glencore and its predecessors have been mining the Kidd Creek copper/zinc deposits since 1966.
The mine transitioned from an open pit mine to an underground mine in 1972 and has undergone several expansions known as 1 Mine, 2 Mine, 3 Mine and Mine D with the deposit growing deeper in each expansion. In 2011, a $148 million (CAD) expansion known as Mine D phase 2 was completed to extend mining down to 9500 level. Following this the mine added 9600 level to the mine plans in 2015.
In 2016 Kidd Operations celebrated 50 years of production. In five decades of operations, we`ve mined over 150,000 million tonnes of ore and employed over 20,000 people, including multi-generational families.
In 2021 Kidd Operations extended mining to 9800 and 9900 levels and initiated a feasibility study to look at the potential to extend the mine deeper.