Canadian exploration and development company Avesoro Resources has announced the restart of the mining processing and operations at the Youga Gold Mine in Burkina Faso.

The operational restart was followed by the company’s negotiations with the open-pit mining contractor Orkun Group and former open-pit employees.

Mining operations restarted at Youga on 15 June, with processing operations recommencing on 16 June.

During the operation suspension period at Youga, Avesoro’s engineering team completed the electrical, mechanical and maintenance works in and around the process plant.

Avesoro CEO Serhan Umurhan said: “I am pleased to report that operations at Youga have now recommenced following the successful resolution of negotiations between the Orkun Group and our former open-pit mining employees.

“My ongoing focus remains to minimise the impact of the temporary production stoppage at Youga, whilst successfully delivering the remaining transition to contractor mining operations at both Youga and New Liberty.

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“We reaffirm our revised 2019 production guidance of 180,000oz to 200,000oz of gold, whilst assessing a number of project optimisation options, including ore sorting and heap leach scenarios at both New Liberty and Youga, with aims to further improve the economics of both projects.”

In February 2016, Avesoro acquired Youga Gold Mine from Endeavour Mining for $25.3m.

Avesoro Resources is a gold producer and developer, as well as operates two gold mines across West Africa.

Avesoro and its subsidiaries have three operating mines.