Galaxy Resources has relocated its interstate contract workers to the Mt Cattlin lithium mine near Ravensthorpe, Western Australia for up to six months for health and safety reasons.
This move ensures that Galaxy’s entire workforce is Western Australian based to keep in line with the state government’s recently enforced border closure to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition to relocating interstate staff, Galaxy has also adjusted rosters for Perth-based contractors and employees to minimise travel and shift transitions.
The company has stressed that the spodumene and tantalum concentrate mine is operating as normal, despite the uncertainty of coronavirus impacts hanging over the industry.
“Mt Cattlin operations continue without major disruption as the non-local workforce relocates to the Ravensthorpe region,” Galaxy stated in a media release.
“These actions mitigate the health and safety risk and allows operations to continue, while adhering to the Western Australian state government’s recently enforced border closure and quarantine requirements on interstate fly-in, fly-out workers.”
At Galaxy’s Argentinian operations Sal De Vida are still under the nationwide lockdown. Mandatory restrictions are expected to be in place until at least April 12.
Galaxy is continuing to run essential services only at the site under a skeleton crew while offsite engineering design work continues unaffected.
In Canada, site-based geotechnical work at the James Bay lithium pegmatite project has been postponed, as the Government of Quebec enforces the closure of non-essential businesses, including mining and construction until at least April 13.
Similarly with Sal De Vida, Galaxy is continuing offsite value engineering work for James Bay as normal despite the impact on physical operations.