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Trevali Mining Update on COVID-19 Response

Mining News - Published on Mon, 06 Apr 2020

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Trevali Mining Corporation has provided details of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the steps taken to ensure the health and safety of its workforce, as well as the initiatives underway across the Company to accelerate its T90 program to sustainably reduce the cost structure of the business, preserve cash and support the long term value of its assets. In addition, the Company is announcing an amendment to its revolving credit facility entered into with its lenders, as well as an update as to the status of each of its operations. Perkoa and Rosh Pinah continue to operate at full capacity with enhanced health measures in place. The situation remains dynamic and the status of the operations is showing some evidence of disruption with the notable example being a curtailment of processing activities at Santander. Despite difficult conditions our workforce is engaged, and they have shown great resolve.

Perkoa Mine, Burkina Faso

The Perkoa Mine continues to operate without major impediments to mining or milling. To date, the Burkinabe government is supportive of keeping the mining industry operating. While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Africa is still small relative to population size, its governments including Burkina Faso are taking steps to slow the virus from spreading. These include the limiting of international flights, quarantining cities, domestic travel restrictions and some restricted borders. These challenging circumstances have put strain on the supply chain of goods and the movement of Perkoa’s labour force. On March 25, 2020, two suspected cases of COVID-19 at Perkoa were confirmed. The employees (a doctor and nurse), began self-isolating immediately and the employees they came in contact with were also isolated. The doctor and nurse appear to be making a full recovery and other employees who were considered at risk have tested negative to date.

Rosh Pinah Mine, Namibia

The Rosh Pinah Mine continues to operate at full production without major impediments to mining or milling. On March 27, 2020 the Namibian government moved to lockdown specific regions of the country, excluding the region Rosh Pinah operates in, and closed all national borders until April 17, 2020. Goods permitted for "essential services", including mining continue to be transported into the country. On March 25, 2020, the Ministry of Mines and Energy issued a letter to the Namibian Chamber of Mines which indicated that key mining operations would be encouraged to continue producing albeit on a risk-assessed basis, including adherence to strict hygiene standards. The Rosh Pinah mine had escalated precautionary measures early on in the outbreak of COVID-19 and was deemed safe to continue operating at this time. Rosh Pinah is also supporting the community by providing local health care and medical clinics with sanitization and cleaning products, personal protective equipment for nurses, and accommodation for safe isolation, should it be required.

Santander Mine, Peru

As previously announced on March 27, 2020, the Peruvian Government extended the state of National Emergency which restricts travel in its efforts to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 to April 12, 2020. The Santander mine has been in full compliance with the Government’s requirements since the National Emergency was declared and has been able to continue operations with no material impact to date. Trevali has provided non-perishable essential foods to the local communities of Santa Cruz de Andamarca and San José de Baños, due to the fact that their economic activities and supply routes have been restricted. However, as a result of the extension of the declaration, the Company will not be able to process ore for the duration of the extension due to the limited supply of reagents. Mining and other activities will continue, and mined ore will be stockpiled until April 12, 2020 at which time the Company anticipates resuming normal production levels, including milling, at the Mine.

Caribou Mine, Canada

As previously announced on March 26, 2020 the Caribou mine has suspended operations due to the deterioration of the zinc market which have made mine operations at Caribou uneconomic at this time. The mine has been placed on a care and maintenance program to preserve the value of the mineral resource and mine assets. No timeline for a potential restart of operations has been defined. Trevali’s operations centre in Bathurst, which serves the Company’s global mine portfolio, will continue to operate and Cooperation Agreements with the Mi’gmaq bands will remain in place.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 06 Apr 2020
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