Vale Will Resume Operations
at Voisey’s Bay
A fly-in, fly-out operation, the Voisey’s Bay mill (above) processes 6,000 metric tons per day.
Vale has moved from care and maintenance
into a planned maintenance period
at the Voisey’s Bay Mine in Labrador, Canada,
as a first step to resuming operations in
early July. This includes restarting critical
path activities related to the Voisey’s Bay
Mine Expansion Project, the company said.
The planned return to production follows
three months of monitoring progress
and events associated with the coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak. Production
is expected to resume in early July and
reach full capacity by early August.
In line with World Health Organization
(WHO) protocols to test, remove, track
and treat positive or suspicious cases,
Vale is partnering with a private testing
lab in Newfoundland and Labrador to
provide extensive PCR testing of all employees
entering the site. The enhanced
testing capacity enables the early identifi-
cation, tracing and stopping of the spread
of any potential COVID-19 cases. There
have been no cases to date at site.
As featured in Womp 2020 Vol 07 - www.womp-int.com