Bald Mountain’s extended life

Bald Mountain’s extended life

Canadian based Kinross Gold Corporation continues to develop the Bald Mountain Mine in Nevada, US, with the aim of extending the mine life and increasing production. At the end of 2016, Kinross doubled Bald Mountain’s proven and probable mineral reserve estimates to 2.1 million ounces (Moz) of gold (Au), adding a total of 1.24Moz Au, with about 0.68Moz Au from the Bald Mountain Mine North area and about 0.57Moz Au from the South area.

The mineral reserve additions in the North area are primarily the result of continued exploration, definition drilling, and mine plan optimisation at the Saga, Duke and Top pits. The mineral reserve additions in the South area are due to the company’s pre-feasibility work at the Vantage Complex project, and exploration and confirmatory drilling, geological modelling, and metallurgical testing at the Vantage, Luxe and Saddle pits. According to Paul Rollinson, president and CEO of Kinross, the pre-feasibility study also contemplates construction of a new heap leach pad with associated processing facilities and infrastructure.

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