The mill at the Sugar Zone mine (above) has been running at 800 mt/d.

Harte Gold Corp. restarted milling operations at its Sugar Zone mine in Ontario, Canada, on August 5 after suspending operations for the second quarter of 2020 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It has run consistently at or around 800-tons-per-day (t/d) throughput rate during the initial startup.

The company developed a 6,800-metric-ton (mt) stockpile at the surface to ensure consistent mill feed.

“I am pleased to say that Harte Gold is back in production and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic in a very strong position,” President and CEO Sam Coetzer said. “Currently, both mining and milling operations during the restart have met or exceeded our expectations across a number of key operating metrics, including plant throughput.”

The Sugar Zone mine entered commercial production in 2019. Production guidance is 20,000 ounces (oz) to 24,000 oz Au for 2020 and 60,000 oz to 65,000 oz Au for 2021.