New Gold Reports Resumption of Surface Operations at the New Afton Mine
February 5, 2021- New Gold Inc. (“New Gold” or the “Company”)
(TSX and NYSE American: NGD) announces that, while ensuring the
health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and contractors,
surface operations have resumed at the New Afton Mine, located in
The mill facility and tailings operations were restarted
yesterday afternoon local time and the mill is currently processing
ore from the live pile and intermediate-grade surface
No surface infrastructure was impacted by the underground
mud-rush incident that occurred on February 2, 2021. Construction
of the Thickened and Amended Tailings Facility and stabilization
efforts have resumed, and over the coming days the remaining
surface operations will be ramped up systemically.
While the underground operations remain suspended, New Afton is
working with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon
Innovation on a plan to safely and sequentially resume underground
mining operations, including the development of the B3 and C-Zone.
The isolated recovery area where the mud-rush occurred will remain
closed until it is safe to resume operations in that area.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team
at New Afton for their dedication and tireless efforts during this
difficult time,” stated Renaud Adams, President and Chief Executive
Officer. “As we move forward, the health, safety and wellbeing of
everyone who works at New Gold will remain our highest
The mud-rush was localized underneath the Lift 1 cave in the
isolated recovery zone area, which does not interact with the other
areas of the mine, including the B3 and C-Zone areas.
Additional details will continue to be provided via a news
release as they become available.
About New Gold Inc.
New Gold is a Canadian-focused intermediate gold mining company
with a portfolio of two core producing assets in Canada, the Rainy
River and New Afton Mines. The Company also holds an 8% gold stream
on the Artemis Gold Blackwater Project located in British Columbia
and a 6% equity stake in Artemis. The Company also operates the
Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico (in reclamation). New Gold's vision
is to build a leading diversified intermediate gold company based
in Canada that is committed to environment and social
responsibility. For further information on the Company, visit
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