Create FREE account or log in

to receive MINING.COM digests


Iamgold recalls workers to Westwood mine

Iamgold, operator of the Westwood gold mine in Quebec, (pictured) is supporting new research into ground stability. Credit: Iamgold.

Iamgold (TSX: IMG, NYSE: IAG) has started a staged recall of employees back to its Westwood gold mine in Quebec.

The company is expecting to make a decision in the second quarter with respect to a possible targeted safe restart in the second half of the year which would commence with the East Zone and progress to the other zones in a staged manner, it said.

Iamgold reduced the size of its workforce at the Westwood in November — affecting 437 workers, or 70% of its underground staff following the Oct. 30 suspension of the site due to a seismic event.

Mill feed this year is being sourced from the Grand Duc satellite open pit nearby the Westwood mill complex and is expected to be supplemented by underground material from the Westwood mine.

Guidance for Westwood production is maintained at 45,000 to 65,000 ounces in 2021.

In an August release, Iamgold revised Westwood reserves downward, to 2.7 million tonnes grading 7.1 g/t gold, for a total of 618,000 gold ounces.