Nevada Copper Corp. restarted its milling operations at its underground project at Pumpkin Hollow. On August 20, the company restarted its processing after it temporarily suspended copper production during the coronavirus pandemic. The plant restart and ramp up will benefit from the processing plant’s initial consistent performance in the first quarter, the company said.

There are approximately 160,000 tons of stockpiled material at the surface available for immediate processing. The stockpiled ore will be supplemented with additional development ore and subsequent stope ore hoisted via the East North Ventilation Shaft (ENVS), the company said. Material will continue to be hoisted from the ENVS until work on the Main Shaft has been completed.

Nevada Copper said it remains on track for the commencement of main shaft hoisting scheduled for the fourth quarter this year.

“We are encouraged by the processing plant restart at our Pumpkin Hollow mine,” Chief Executive Officer Evan Spencer said. “Our full workforce has been mobilized and we have transitioned our operations back into production smoothly, picking up where we left off in Q1.”

The company said it has implemented additional health and safety measures to address COVID-19 risks during the restart of the processing plant. Other measures have been implemented in connection with the ongoing mine development.