Impala Canada continues to face a critical skills shortage and logistical constraints. These challenges are regional in nature, impacting the broader North American mining industry, and are not unique to the Ontario region in which Impala Canada’s operations are located. At Lac Des Iles, it has directly impacted the operation’s maintenance programme, resulting in poor underground equipment availability and absolute volumes produced.
In the period, underground volumes were supplemented by higher volumes of open pit and surface material, while planned concentrator maintenance limited absolute milled throughput to 971 000 tonnes, a 1% decrease from the prior comparable period.
Changes in the ore mix resulted in a 2% decline in milled head grade, while 6E volumes in concentrate produced of 61 000 ounces were 1% lower than the prior comparable period.