SHOWCASE MINE OF THE WEEK - MURUNTAU GOLD MINE!!
Muruntau mine in Uzbekistan, physically one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world, ranks as the fifth deepest open pit. The Muruntau open pit is 3.5km long and three kilometres wide. The depth of the mine has reached just more than 600m. Muruntau was discovered in 1958. Mining operations started in 1967. Uzbekistan’s Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinant own and operate the mine. The final pit depth under the current mine plan is reported to be 650m, after which the mine will switch to underground operation. Muruntau’s contained gold reserves and resource including the historical production is reportedly estimated at 170Moz. The mine is known for its production capacity of about 2Moz of gold per year with averaging ore grade of 2.4g/t gold - Mining Technology.