The company expects to provide a further update on the asset in early 2021. With its Q3 results release, the gold company lowered its 2020 production guidance for the year, to 630,000 to 680,000 oz. (from 645,000 to 700,000 oz. previously) due to the Quebec mine suspension. The underground asset was most recently (prior to the Q3 release) expected to churn out 85,000 to 100,000 gold oz. this year.
In an August release, Iamgold revised Westwood reserves downward, to 2.7 million tonnes grading 7.1 g/t gold, for a total of 618,000 gold ounces. At the time, the miner also reaffirmed guidance from December 2019, which suggests 100,000 to 125,000 oz. of gold output annually over a three to four-year ramp-up period, followed by steady-state production of 130,000 to 145,000 gold oz. a year.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)