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 Canada-based project partners Novagold and Barrick Gold have reopened the Donlin camp, in Alaska, and are remobilising drilling rigs at project, following a two-month hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Novagold reports that four drill rigs are turning at its 50%-owned Donlin project and says that most of the planned programme, aimed at confirming recent geological modelling concepts and testing potential extensions of high-grade zones, will be completed by year-end.

The 2020 drill programme consists of about 80 holes, totalling 22 000 m, centred on the ACMA and Lewis resource areas.

Novagold has implemented enhanced health protocols for personnel, including people working at Donlin Gold’s Anchorage office and the project site. The policy includes, among other things, that all personnel should take a Covid-19 test before coming into the Donlin Gold camp and again when they leave. Out-of-state contractors/employees require two negative Covid-19 tests prior to going to camp.President Gregory Lang notes that half of Donlin Gold’s employees are Native Alaskans and that the company has held weeks of conversations with community and tribal leaders in the Y-K region to ensure safety precautions for personnel met the needs of each community.

“The company seeks to bring tangible, long-lasting benefits to all of its community partners in the form of training and employment opportunities, service business contracts, and participation agreements as the project advances,” he adds.