Newmont Mining’s $US120 million ($154 million) expansion of the Tanami gold mine on the border of Northern Territory and Western Australia was officially opened this week.
The American miner hosted a ceremony to celebrate completion of the Tanami expansion project and launch of the Granites-Kurra 10-year plan.
Newmont’s expansion at Tanami will allow it to increase gold production by 80,000 ounces a year at the operation.
The Tanami project included the construction of a 3.2km second decline to underground workings and an increase in the size of the processing plant and mill. This involved adding a ball mill, thickener and gravity circuit to improve recoveries at the mill.
“The project achieved commercial production safely and on schedule for the approved $120 million development capital investment,” Newmont commented.
“This expansion also creates a platform for further growth and studies to develop a second expansion are now under way.”
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner, who opened the expansion for Newmont, said the project created around 120 jobs during construction and up to 18 ongoing positions would be required at the site.
“Newmont’s Tanami operation is one of the largest and most successful gold producers in Australia, and the expansion will extend the projected life of the mine by three years. This is great news for the Territory economy,” Gunner said.
The operation is located 540km west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert.