March 19, 2020
In an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Noront Resources has closed its remote Esker Site in the Ring of Fire. The company’s offices in Toronto and Thunder Bay remain open with staff working from home until further notice.
Esker Site is located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario and only accessible by air. It has approximately 20 workers, the majority of whom are from the remote local First Nation communities of Marten Falls and Webequie. No employees have tested positive for coronavirus.
This is a necessary precaution to help protect the health and well-being of our employees and the communities surrounding our operations. The logistics of flying in and out of Esker Site would make it difficult to contain a virus outbreak. We also recognize there are vulnerable people living in the remote communities our workers return to at the end of their shift and closing Esker will help keep those community members safe.
With Esker Site demobilized, our focus will shift to completing the metallurgical testing on the core we procured during our recent Eagle’s Nest drill program. This is an element of the update to our 2012 feasibility study and will determine whether separate nickel and copper concentrates can be produced. In addition, work in support of our First Nations partners who are developing critical road infrastructure will also continue.