Bellekeno began commercial production at the beginning of 2011 and produced approximately 2 Moz silver annually and more than 20 Mlb of lead and zinc concentrate per year until September 2013, when production was suspended due to collapsing silver and base metal prices.
In 2019 and early 2020, the Bellekeno mine underwent upgrades and improvements in preparation for a return to production in 2020. Ore production from Bellekeno will support the initial commissioning of the District mill in late 2020; minimal underground development is required to deliver the initial ore tonnage as planned. Access to the mine is via an existing portal and ramp system.
It took just three years from initial exploration, through permitting, construction and development for Alexco to put the Bellekeno deposit into operation in 2010.