Newmont has placed a range of mining operations under care and maintenance as a component of their risk mitigation strategy associated with COVID-19.
The company has confirmed it is planning to scale back operation in Argentina, Canada and Peru to meet local specific regulatory measures implemented in those countries.
Its Musselwhite, Eléonore, Cerro Negro and Yanacocha mines have now been placed into care and maintenance. A limited number of mineworkers will proceed with infrastructure maintenance, environmental management, security and ground control.
The Musselwhite mine in northern Ontario and Eléonore mine in the James Bay region of Quebec are both fly-in-fly-out operations. Newmont is minimizing on-site personnel to limit the possible transmission of the virus to nearby communities, including First Nations communities, through travel.
Newmont will also limit on-site personnel at its Cerro Negro mine in Argentina, due to the government’s decision to stop all domestic flights and mass transportation within the country. The company already ramped down operations at its Yanacocha mine in Peru on Mar. 17 after the government declared a state of emergency.
“Our business continuity plans and rapid response teams have been fully mobilised in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We are working closely with host communities, First Nations and other indigenous peoples, regional and national governments and health experts to protect our workforce and nearby communities. This includes putting some operations temporarily into care and maintenance while others continue to operate at targeted production levels. We are also making sure that these short-term disruptions do not impact long-term business value while ensuring we are well-positioned to safely and efficiently ramp-up operations in a timely manner once the worst of this global pandemic passes.”
We have also established a global Supply Chain task force to ensure that we assess all potential risks and develop viable contingency plans that enable us to stay ahead of any potential disruptions to our supply base and corresponding risks to our projects and production.
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