Endeavour Silver restarts operations at Mexican mines
The Mexican government issued a decree this spring closing all businesses, including mines, not deemed “essential” in order to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Endeavour Silver said it filed mine operating and health plans with the Secretariat of Health and received approval to resume mining. At each mine, plants have started processing ore stockpiles to ramp up to capacity while the mines catch up on stope development and ore extraction, the company said.
“Following the recent government decree that mining is now an essential activity, we are efficiently ramping up our mining operations in a safe and timely manner,” said Bradford Cooke, director and chief executive officer.
The company listed several actions that it plans, including medical screening for all employees and contractors to verify no one has COVID-19 symptoms or contact with anyone who does. The plans also include social distancing, sanitation measures and educational efforts.
During the suspension, a number of improvements were made, the company said. For instance, at Guanacevi, two rebuilt cone crushers were installed to allow the plant to return to its capacity of 1,200 metric tons per day capacity in June. At Bolanitos, personnel are completing development of the San Miguel ore body over the next two months so that the plant can reach 1,100 tpd before the end of the second quarter, Endeavour added.