Heavy rain leads to gold mine wall collapse

Heavy rain has led to a pitwall failure at OceanaGold’s Macraes open pit gold mine in New Zealand.

The Melbourne-based company said mining in both the open pint and underground operations has been suspended.

It said access to the underground mine was cut off, however, the underground mine itself was unaffected and all underground workers were brought safely to the surface.

No personnel were working in the open pit when the west wall gave way on Saturday.

The wall failure will now be investigated by OceanaGold and the relevant authorities.

Production from the open pit has been temporarily suspended to further review the incident and develop a new plan for the operation which is expected in “the next few weeks”.

Underground mining is expected to recommence by the end of the week once a new access road has been constructed.

OceanaGold said it expects there to be only minimal impact on near-term production as a result of the incident.

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