Partial underground operations as well as B3 and C-Zone development activities have resumed at New Gold’s New Afton mine, located in Kamloops, British Columbia, following the tragic underground mud-rush incident that occurred on February 2.
“The restarting of mining activities is a significant step for the New Afton mine as we continue our safe and sequential return to full operations,” President and CEO Renaud Adams said. “As we move forward, our primary focus remains on the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and their families and we will continue to provide counseling and support for them.”
The extraction of ore has resumed on Lift No. 1 at limited capacity that includes a portion of the recovery level on a remote mucking basis.
B3 and C-Zone development activities have returned to normal levels.
The area where the incident occurred will remain closed until further notice.
Milling, tailings operations and construction activities resumed late last week. The mill is currently processing ore from the live pile and intermediate-grade surface stockpile, which is expected to supply sufficient volume to feed the mill until full operations have resumed.