SHOWCASE MINE OF THE WEEK - MOAB KHOTSONG GOLD MINE!!
Moab Khotsong gold mine is one of AngloGold Ashanti’s Vaal River operations in South Africa. The mine is located around 180km south-west of Johannesburg near the towns of Orkney and Klerksdorp. The mine is in production since 2003. It currently ranks as the sixth deepest mine in the world, with its mining depth ranging between 2.6km and 3.054km below surface. The mine exploits the Vaal Reef (VR) through three mining layers, namely the Top, Middle and Lower Mines. Moab Khotsong employs a scattered mining method with an integrated backfill support system. The mine produced 162,000 ounces of gold grading 0.238oz/t in 2012. The ore reserve stood at 6.61Moz grading 10.02g/t as of December 2012. AngloGold Ashanti engaged 19 underground drilling machines at Moab Khotsong in 2012, to increase the mineral resource base and extend the mine’s life up to 2040 - Mining Technology.