The Dominion Diamond Corporation says it will begin rehiring employees and contractors at its Ekati mine, following a fire in June that forced roughly 330 workers to be laid off.
The workers were temporarily laid off while the company made repairs to the mine’s processing plant, which sustained significant damage in a fire on June 23.
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Dominion says the move was to bring down costs while the repairs were carried out, but late last week a press release on behalf of CEO Brendan Bell said the plant should be back up and running within a month.
…”Dominion Diamond Corporation is pleased to report that the repairs to the process plant following the fire that occurred on June 23, 2016 are proceeding well, and the company continues to expect that processing in the plant can resume by the end of September 2016,” read the statement.
All told, the repairs will likely cost $25 million, the company said in July.