SHOWCASE GOLD MINE OF THE WEEK - BODDINGTON!!
The Newmont-operated Boddington gold mine located near Boddington, Western Australia, ranks as the world’s sixth largest gold mine. The mine contained a gold reserve of 18.6Moz as of December 2012, including 2.93Moz of proven and 15.67Moz of probable reserves. The open-pit gold mine first commenced operations in 1987 by extracting the shallow oxide ores up to 70m deep below surface. It was brought under care and maintenance in 2001. Commercial production from the Boddington gold mine was restarted in 2009, with an expected mine life of up to 20 years. The mine produced 724,000oz of gold in 2012. A project is being implemented to extend the mine life up to 2041 by exploiting additional gold resources identified in the low-grade hard rock ores below the previously mined pits - Mining Technology.
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