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Westwood Gold Mine, Canada

Ownership:

100% IAMGOLD

Location

The Westwood Project is located on the Doyon property, 2.5 kilometres east of the former Doyon Gold Mine in the Bousquet Township, approximately 40 kilometres east of Rouyn-Noranda and 80 kilometres west of Val d’Or in southwestern Québec, Canada. This area is approximately 420km northwest of Montreal. The Westwood Project covers 1,925 hectares and consists of 120 titles, one mining lease, one surface lease and three tailings leases. The Westwood Project is held 100% by IAMGOLD.

The Doyon-Westwood property is accessible year-round via paved roads.

The 120 km separating Rouyn-Noranda from Val-d’Or is scattered with producing and past-producing mining projects such as: Mouska, Doyon, Bousquet, LaRonde and Lapa.

Communications are via fast network links and water supply facilities are available to the Westwood Project. The nearest active railway line is located less than 10 km south of the project.

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History

Westwood began production in the first quarter of 2013. The mine commenced commercial production in July 2014, producing 70,000 ounces in the first two quarters, with an average diluted grade of 7.98 grams of gold per tonne.

Geology

The Westwood Project is part of the Doyon-Bousquet-LaRonde (DBL) mining camp. The project is located within the southern Abitibi Sub-Province, in Archaean volcanic and intrusive rocks of the Bousquet Formation (2701-2696 Ma). The DBL mining camp hosts two world class deposits: the Doyon and LaRonde-Penna mines and is by far the largest Au-Cu-Zn-Ag producing district in Québec.

The Westwood Project area is underlain by meta-volcanics of the Blake River Group and partly by meta-sediments of the Cadillac and Kewagama Groups. Stratigraphy generally strikes east-west (100-110°), dips steeply to moderately (70-80°) towards the south and is interpreted to have a southerly facing direction. The Mooshla intrusive, a synvolcanic differentiated pluton, intrudes the volcanics in the western part of the property. Gold bearing VMS and disseminated sulphide zones occurring in the eastern part of the claims are known as the Warrenmac and Westwood showings, respectively to the west and to the east of the Bousquet Fault. Rocks hosting the Warrenmac-Westwood mineralization are lithologically and geochemically similar to the host rocks of the main sulphide lenses at the LaRonde-Penna mine. The regional foliation strikes east-west, parallel to the stratigraphy, with dips varying from sub-vertical to 70° towards the south. Regional metamorphism is transitional from greenschist to lower amphibolites facies.

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Mineralization

Mineralization observed in the DBL camp is mainly associated with units #4.2, #4.3, #4.4, #5.1, and #5.2 of the Bousquet Formation. These units host gold-rich VMS-type mineralization at the Bousquet and LaRonde, deposits and gold-sulphide vein-type mineralization in Zones 1 and 2 at Doyon.

Three distinct mineralized envelopes are identified in the Westwood area. The first two zones (Zone 2 Extension and North Corridor) consist of quartz – pyrite ± chalcopyrite ± sphalerite veins and veinlets within a matrix containing 2 to 10% disseminated pyrite. The vein systems are orientated 085-095°/60-70°S, which is slightly discordant to the regional foliation in both strike and dip. These zones are located within felsic volcanic units #4.3 and #4.4, and associated with a proximal sericite-pyrite-garnet alteration assemblage.

The third envelope delineates the Warrenmac-Westwood mineralized corridor, which is located at the same stratigraphic contact on each side of the Bousquet Fault. Both consist of gold-rich pyrite-sphalerite stringers or concentrations with local massive sulphide bands (5-20cm) and minor gold-bearing sulphide-rich quartz veins/veinlets, all enveloped by a disseminated pyrite-rich alteration halo. Occasional black quartz veins with chalcopyrite traces return gold values, but not systematically. East-west sub-horizontal quartz-tourmaline (pyrite) veins are also present but rarely anomalous in gold. The Federal Government is in the final stages of an important multidisciplinary study that aims to better understand the geological and hydrothermal evolution of the DBL camp. The goal is to determine whether the Westwood mineralized zones represent a transitional system and hydrothermal link between the syn-magmatic Au-Cu veins of the Doyon deposit to the west, and the volcanogenic sulphide veins, stockworks and disseminations of the Bousquet 1 mine to the east.

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Mining

Westwood is currently IAMGOLD’s only underground mine, and has an average resource grade of 10 grams of gold per tonne.

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Processing

Ore processing utilizes the pre-existing Doyon carbon-in-pulp (“CIP”) mill complex.

Ore from the Westwood underground is hauled to the Doyon mill (two kilometres away) to be crushed and ground. The ore grinding circuit utilizes a SAG mill and a 1,000 HP ball mill.


Because of its legacy, where the Doyon mill had the capacity to process more than 1 million tonnes per year in the 1990’s, the existing gold recovery circuit has more capacity than required to recover the annual gold production from Westwood, which is expected to peak at about 850,000 tonnes per year. Consequently, Westwood continues to seek opportunities to find additional ore to process in the region surrounding its operation.

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Outlook

Attributable gold production for Essakane and Westwood for 2024 is unchanged and is expected to be in the range of 430,000 to 490,000 ounces.

The 2024 costs guidance for Essakane and Westwood is unchanged with cash costs per ounce sold expected to be between $1,280 and $1,400 per ounce sold and AISC expected to be in the range of $1,780 to $1,940 per ounce sold. Costs in the first quarter of 2024 were in line with budget and guidance estimates, however, operating costs on a per ounce basis in the period were lower due to higher production and sales volume

Sustaining capital expenditures for 2024 are expected to be approximately $215 million (± 5%) of which the majority is related to capitalized stripping at Essakane and underground development at Westwood, with an additional $5 million (± 5%) in expansion capital expected at Essakane.


Grand-Duc

Stakeholder engagement in communities where we operate is a core value within our organization. It is critical to ensure strong, positive and long-lasting relationships with our fellow citizens. Our engagement guidelines are based on trust, respect and transparency.

We strive to communicate the details of our operations efficiently and through various channels to the relevant stakeholders. If you would to obtain like more information on our operations, to report something or to serve on one of our monitoring committees, please contact our Advisor, Communications, Pascal Lafortune, at westwood_communaute@iamgold.com. We look forward to talking to you soon.

 

Constitution and Operating Rules - Monitoring Committee (French only)

June 5, 2024 - Citizens Committee Minutes (French only)

June 22, 2023 - Citizens Committee Minutes (French only)

November 3, 2022 - Citizens Committee Minutes (French only)

October 7, 2019 - Citizens Committee Minutes (French only)

Fayolle Project

Stakeholder engagement in communities where we operate is a core value within our organization. It is critical to ensure strong, positive and long-lasting relationships with our fellow citizens. Our engagement guidelines are based on trust, respect and transparency.

Under section 101.0.1 of the Mining Act and prior to applying for a mining lease, IAMGOLD held a public consultation on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Mont Brun community hall regarding the mining of the Fayolle gold deposit project.

A metal mine project with a production capacity of less than 2,000 metric tons per day must be subject to a public consultation in the region where the project is located. The requirement to hold a public consultation under the Act enables the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) to include authorization conditions to the mining lease to limit conflicts with other land uses and to take into account the social acceptability of the project in the community.

The attached documents provide information about the project in compliance with this requirement.

Various consultation events will be held. We strive to communicate the details of our operations efficiently and through various channels to the relevant stakeholders. For more information on upcoming meetings or if you would like to serve on one of our monitoring committees, please contact our communications advisor, Pascal Lafortune, at westwood_communaute@iamgold.com. We look forward to talking to you soon.


Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Initiative

The Mining Association of Canada developed an audit protocol called Towards Sustainable Mining to provide guidelines on key metrics related to best practices in sustainability. In 2011, a new audit component was added to address health and safety. This gave us the opportunity to implement the Health and Safety part of the audit and to measure our sites’ performance, which can be validated externally.

In addition to the corporate objectives, the Westwood mine site has given itself specific objectives on its water management strategy, aligned which those stated by IAMGOLD in its Sustainability Report.

These objectives are:

  • Reduce the quantity of fresh water collected in Bousquet River; and
  • Increase the quantity of recirculated water on the site.

To do this:

  • A project to recycle the treated water from the polishing pond (upstream from the final effluent) towards the processing mill is currently being tested; and
  • The dewatering water from the Westwood underground mine is recirculated to be reused in its underground operations.

Quantifiable targets will be set for these objectives in 2024 once preliminary data is obtained.

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