Resumption of operations at ArcelorMittal

Reprise des opérations chez ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal wants to come back in the month of may or June to a level of normal production at its mine at mont Wright near Fermont.

The chairman and interim chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal mining Canada, Mapi Mobwano, confirmed to TVA News that the slowdown of its activities since the beginning of the pandemic, the COVID-19 decreased by 40 % its production of iron ore.

Approximately 300 employees of the company are non-residents of the North Shore were more at work since the beginning of the crisis.

They are back this week on the mine site, and several measures have been taken to prevent contact between them and the residents of Fermont, where no positive case of the COVID-19 has not been identified until now.

Non-resident workers must undergo preventive measures, such as the taking of temperature, and the compulsory wearing of masks in airplanes and in buses that take them to work.

Schedules and places of work have been redeveloped in order to avoid the contacts and interactions between residents and non-residents.

The company said went well beyond the recommendations of the public health.

“What are the additional measures we have put in place to ensure that we protect the population fermontoise,” said Mapi Mobwano.

This resumption of normal activities, ArcelorMittal is received with caution in Fermont. Mayor Martin St-Laurent notes that its population is divided on the return of workers from outside the region and, according to him, the vigilance is.

It acknowledges the efforts of ArcelorMittal and of Champion Iron, which operates the iron mine Bloom lake, to limit the contacts between non-resident workers and the citizens of his city. “There are plenty of procedures to minimize the trade. Thanks to this, it is still zero cases in the MRC of Caniapiscau. With the recovery, it is necessary to put in place ways to continue with our statistics are very good,” said Martin St-Laurent.

Mapi Mobwano held to be reassuring in indicating that the producer of iron ore and pellets iron wishes to ensure the sustainability of its operations with mineral resources equivalent to 40 years of production.

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