Leagold Mining has restarted the RDM mine in Brazil. The decision follows an unscheduled shutdown that began in early October due to regional drought conditions. As announced on November 13, the water storage facilities at the RDM mine had sufficient volumes to support the restart of operations and RDM commenced the recall of its workforce. As of November 20, the RDM processing facility was operating at its normal 7,000-metric-tons-per-year capacity.
RDM began production in 2014 and Leagold acquired it from Brio Gold in May. Located in Minas Gerais state, about 560 km north of Belo Horizonte, it’s a conventional open-pit mine with a carbon-in-leach plant. Average life-of-mine production at RDM is estimated to be approximately 98,000 ounces per year of gold over a nine-year mine life.