Hemlo Positioned for Future Value Delivery
HEMLO, Ontario, Oct. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Operations at Hemlo are being modernized and refocused to secure the gold mine’s continued viability, Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) (TSX:ABX) announced today.
Several programs have been introduced to improve its performance and the next step will be to phase out the open pit operation and move to an underground contract mining model. The objective is to upgrade Hemlo to a Barrick Tier 2 asset and extend its Life of Mine well into the future.Barrick’s chief operating officer for North America, Catherine Raw, said over the past 34 years Hemlo had been a significant creator of value for its local community, business partners and workforce. Recently, however, its performance had lagged, highlighting the need for remedial action.“By repositioning Hemlo as a smaller but more profitable business, we are ensuring that it will continue to deliver value to its community, employees and other stakeholders for years to come. A longer sustainable mine life will create longer-term employment opportunities and longer-term benefit sharing with the local community and economy,” she said.“Because of the move to contract mining and the introduction of new technology, we are inviting the majority of employees working underground to participate in a voluntary separation program. We have already met with these employees to inform them about the program and to assure them that they will be treated fairly and with respect for their service to the mine.”Enquiries:Website: www.barrick.comCautionary Statement on Forward-Looking InformationCertain information contained or incorporated by reference in this press release, including any information as to our strategy, projects, plans, or future financial or operating performance, constitutes “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. 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In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, with respect to: (i) the potential to upgrade Hemlo to a Tier Two asset and extend its mine life; (ii) potential underground mineralization, and potential for growth projects to provide employment opportunities and contribute to the local economy at Hemlo; and (iii) Barrick’s mission to create long-term value for stakeholders.Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions including material estimates and assumptions related to the factors set forth below that, while considered reasonable by the Company as at the date of this press release in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. 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