Barrick Gold have released striking new images showing the transformation of a mine in Papua New Guinea after its rehabilitation plan kicked in.
The Misima mine was a joint venture between Placer Dome (80 per cent) and Orogen Minerals (20 per cent), and it produced 3.7 million ounces of gold from 1990 until its closure in 2004.
Once Barrick took over Placer Dome in 2006, it also took charge of the Misima rehabilitation plan.
“This was the first mine closure in PNG and there was no defined process,” Ila Temu, Barrick’s PNG country manager said.
“We had to define the process and the framework, working closely with the government."
"Then we had to demonstrate that the agreed closure criteria were met before relinquishment was granted in April 2012.”
After serving well as an operating gold mine, the land has been returned to the Misiman people and is now used for food production and other uses.
- 1988 – Misima Mine construction commenced
- 1989 – Official opening by PM Rabbie Namaliu
- 1992 – Production reached 1 million ounces of gold
- 1995 – Production reached 2 million ounces of gold
- 2001 – Mining from open-pits ceased
- 2004 – Milling of ore ceased
- 2005 – Deconstruction completed
- 2012 – Relinquishment achieved (April)
You can read more about the project’s rehabilitation here.