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IAMGOLD announces a restart of operations at Rosebel Gold Mine

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(Kitco News) IAMGOLD said it is restarting operations at Rosebel Gold Mine after the mine was cleared by medical experts.

“Rosebel Gold Mine in Suriname has restarted operations following confirmation and advice from the medical experts of the COVID-19 Outbreak Management Team of Suriname that it is safe to restart,” the company said in a press release published on Tuesday.

The operations were suspended on June 16, citing union work stoppage. 

“To ensure the health and safety of the Rosebel workforce and community, Rosebel Management has been working diligently to manage for COVID-19 since March and as positive cases were confirmed on site in June,” the company said. 

The workforce recall process began this week. “The mill at Rosebel has restarted the processing of stockpile material and Saramacca ore. At Saramacca, contractors have restarted construction activities to complete the road,” according to the press release. 

“Given the ongoing uncertainty relating to the duration and extent of the global COVID-19 crisis, and the impact it may have on the demand and price for gold, on our suppliers and workforce, and on global financial markets, the Company continues to face uncertainties that may impact its operating activities and financial results,” IAMGOLD added.

IAMGOLD is a mid-tier mining company that operates three gold mines —  the Essakane mine in Burkina Faso, the Rosebel mine in Suriname, and the Westwood mine in Canada. 

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