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Location: 540 kilometers north west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Metals Mined: Gold Mine Type: Underground Annual Gold Production*: 500 attributable Koz Date of First Production: 1983

Location: 16 kilometers from Boddington, Western AustraliaMetals Mined: Gold, copperMine Type: SurfaceAnnual Gold Production*: 703 attributable Koz2019 Annual Copper Production: 77 million attributable pounds35,000 attributable tonnesDate of First Production: 2009

The Ninga Mia Village, which houses around 100 aboriginal residents near our KCGM operation in Australia, was established in 1983 to provide more permanent accommodation for transient aboriginal people.

Pueblo Viejo, located 100 kilometres northwest of Santa Domingo, produces gold, silver and copper. One of the largest gold assets in the world, it began commercial production in 2013. Pueblo Viejo is operated by Barrick Gold Corporation, which owns 60%.

Pueblo Viejo includes two open pits, a processing plant and a tailings storage facility. Ore is removed from the open pit using a conventional truck and shovel method, then crushed, ground, and processed in the carbon-in-leach circuit in the mill.

Newmont has included non-GAAP performance measures on an attributable basis (Newmont share) on this page. Attributable performance measures include Newmonts mining operations and projects and Newmonts share from Pueblo Viejo.

barrick gold corporation - operations - pueblo viejo

barrick gold corporation - operations - pueblo viejo

Pueblo Viejo is located in the Dominican Republic, approximately 100 kilometers northwest of the capital city of Santo Domingo, and is operated by the Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation a joint venture between Barrick (60%) and Newmont (40%). Development of the project started in 2009, and first production occurred in 2012.

The letter below serves as Barricks response to accusations made by Earthworks, Global Justice Clinic and MiningWatch Canada in respect of the proposed expansion of the Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic. Their deprecation is unfounded and we are making this letter public in order to provide the facts.

Barrick prides itself on being a good neighbour and the intended expansion of the Pueblo Viejo operation would increase the life of the mine for approximately 20 years and with it jobs, state revenues and exports, local business support and community infrastructure, providing long term value for all stakeholders.

The attachments referred to in Barricks response have been sent to Earthworks, Global Justice Clinic and MiningWatch Canada. Due to their size, the attachments are not included here, however, can be made available on request.

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barricks dominican operation hangs by a thread: report

barricks dominican operation hangs by a thread: report

The Pueblo Viejo mine is again starting production in 2012. Barrick holds a 60% interest and is the operator, of this mine and Goldcorp owns 40% of the mine. The mine is expected to operate for 25 years and produce and estimated 23.7 million ounces. This site was unsuccessfully mined by the Dominican government and their mining efforts caused major environmental contamination to nearby lakes and rivers.

Santo Domingo.-The Canadian miner Barricks Dominican Republic operation hangs by a thread as it seeks the support of various Dominican sectors to avert an eventual shutdown of the Pueblo Viejo mine, in Cotu (northeast).

Barricks open pit mine covers a mountainous area of 4,800 hectares in Snchez Ramrez province since 2013, after an initial investment of US$45 billion, which the company claims it has yet to recover, despite having paid the Dominican State around US$2.3 billion in taxes and other concepts.

Just in 2020, Barrick Pueblo Viejo has accumulated tax payments for 385 million dollars and agreed to advance 95 million dollars corresponding to the 2021 tax burden, so that the government can face the emergency caused by the pandemic, Diario Libre reports.

major mines & projects | pueblo viejo mine

major mines & projects | pueblo viejo mine

Pueblo Viejo is a Cretaceous high sulphidation epithermal gold, silver, copper and zinc deposit. High sulphidation deposits are typically derived from fluids enriched in magmatic volatiles, which have migrated from a deep intrusive body to an epithermal crustal setting, with only limited dilution by groundwater or interaction with host rocks. Major dilatant structures or phreatomagmatic breccia pipes provide conduits for rapid fluid ascent and so facilitate evolution of the characteristic high sulphidation fluid. The PVDC interpretation is based on geological evidence observed within the Pueblo Viejo deposit and is not a regional interpretation as presented by Sillitoe et al. (2006). However, PVDC believes that uncertainty with respect to the deposits origin has no practical impact on exploration at the levels that may be mined by open pit methods. The areal extent of the deposits has been constrained by drilling and the vertical extents are reasonably well known, although additional drilling is required to define the deepest parts of the deposit. Metallic mineralization in the deposit areas is predominantly pyrite, with lesser amounts of sphalerite and enargite. Pyrite mineralization occurs as disseminations, layers, replacements, and veins. Sphalerite and enargite mineralization is primarily in veins, but disseminated sphalerite has been noted in core. Studies have determined that there were three stages of advanced argillic alteration associated with precious metal mineralization: 1. Stage I alteration produced alunite, silica, pyrite, and deposited gold in association with disseminated pyrite. 2. Stage II overprinted Stage I and produced pyrophyllite and an overlying silica cap. 3. Stage III of mineralization occurred when hydro-fracturing of the silica cap produced pyrite- sphalerite-enargite veins with silicified haloes. Syntaxial vein growth preserves evidence for pyrite-enargite-sphalerite-grey-silica paragenesis. Individual Stage III veins have a mean width of four centimetres and are typically less than 10 cm wide. Exposed at surface, individual veins can be traced vertically over three pit benches (30 m). Veins are typically concentrated in zones that are elongated north-northwest and can be 250 m long, 100 m wide, and 100 m vertical. Stage III veins contain the highest precious and base metal values and are more widely distributed in the upper portions of the deposits. Veins tend to be parallel and follow a number of local structures that crosscut the deposit. Those structures have a northerly trend at Monte Negro and Moore, with a northwestsoutheast trend also present at Moore. The most common vein minerals are pyrite, sphalerite, and quartz, with lesser amounts of enargite, barite, and pyrophyllite. Trace amounts of electrum, argentite, colusite, tetrahedritetennantite, geocronite, galena, siderite, and tellurides are also found in veins. The abundance of pyrite and sphalerite within veins varies across the deposit areas. Veins in the southwest corner of the Monte Negro pit are relatively sphalerite-rich and pyrite-poor when compared to veins elsewhere in the Moore and the Monte Negro deposits. The sphalerite in these veins is darker red in colour, possibly indicating that it is richer in iron. The abundance of dark red sphalerite in these veins may also be indicative of the outer margins of a system of hydrothermal-magmatic mineralized fluids. Late massive pyrophyllite veins that probably represent the last stage of veining and alteration cut the Stage III veins. All stages of veining are cut by thin, white quartz veins associated with low angle thrusts that post-date mineralization.

Pueblo Viejo is a conventional truck and shovel operation with two open pits and a limestone quarry moving an average of 174,000 tonnes per day (tpd) of material including pit re-handle and limestone. Current mine activity is in the Monte Negro and Moore phases.Pit dimensions: 2.5km long x 1.5km wide x 300m deep (no backfill) and Typical bench height - 10m.

PRIMARY CRUSHINGThe primary crushing circuit consists of a primary gyratory crusher equipped with a hydraulic rock breaker to reduce oversize rocks in the dump pocket. Water sprays are provided at the truck dump pocket and an ADS (fogging dust suppression) system is deployed at the feeder to conveyor transfer point to comply with the dust emission standards.The ore is transferred from the gyratory crusher, by an apron feeder onto a stacking conveyor that discharges the ore onto a 16,000 t live capacity stockpile. A belt scale monitors the material flow rate from the crusher to the stockpile.A dust control system positioned at the reclaim tunnel below the stockpile services the material transfer locations. Two variable speed apron feeders under the coarse ore stockpile reclaim the ore and feed a common SAG mill feed conveyor. The feed rate to the SAG mill is monitored by a belt scale installed along the SAG mill feed conveyor.The limestone primary crusher is exactly the same size as the ore primary crusher, which is more than adequate for the 12,000 tpd rate.GRINDING Ore grinding consists of a 9.76 m x 4.90 m 9 MW (32 x 16 12,000 hp) SAG mill with blended 4.5 and 5 balls, and a 7.93 m x 12.40 m 16.4 MW (26 x 40 22,000 hp) single ball mill with 2 balls.To counteract critical size build-up in the mill, the SAG mill is equipped with pebble ports. Oversize pebbles are screened from the discharge and transferred onto a conveyor recirculation loop feeding the material to the pebble crusher, or alternatively bypassing the pebble crusher if it is not in service. The pebble crusher product is conveyed back to the SAG mill feed conveyor. The undersize material is pumped to the cyclone feed pump box.The ball mill is operated in closed circuit with a cluster of fifteen cyclones, with ability to expand to eighteen. The cyclone underflow flows via gravity back to the ball mill feed chute. The cyclone overflow flows by gravity over two vibrating trash screens. The underflow from the trash screens is dewatered to approximately 50% solids in the 70 m diameter high rate grinding thickener. The thickener underflow is pumped to one of four autoclave feed storage tanks while the overflow is recycled to the grinding circuit.Limestone and Lime Plant DescriptionGround limestone and lime are required to neutralize acidic liquors and to control the pH in the CIL circuit. Lime is also used to adjust the pH of the effluent after water treatment. Satisfying the 24,000 tpd ore process requirement includes grinding 9,070 tpd of limestone to 80% passing 60 m and calcining 2,785 tpd of limestone in vertical kilns to produce 1,484 tpd of lime, all of which will be slaked in a ball mill slaker. The limestone plant consists of: primary crushing and screening, grinding, calcining, and lime slaking.PRIMARY CRUSHING AND SCREENING ROM limestone is crushed to minus 85 mm (P80) in a gyratory crusher (1,067 mm x 1,650 mm) that is equipped with a rock breaker to break oversize rocks in the dump pocket. A dust control system at the primary crushing station is provided to reduce fugitive dust emission. The configuration of the limestone crusher is similar to that for the ore. The crusher product is screened and the +50 mm -110 mm intermediate fraction is sent to the kiln circuit for calcination. The balance of the crusher product reports to the limestone SAG mill feed stockpile.GRINDINGThe limestone grinding circuit consists of a SAG mill (6.70 m dia. x 3.65 m effective grinding length, EGL) driven by a 2,610 kW synchronous motor with a variable frequency drive (VFD) and a ball mill (4.88 m dia x 9.80 m EGL) driven by a 3,540 kW synchronous motor. The SAG mill operates in open circuit while the ball mill will operate in closed circuit with a cluster of hydrocyclones. The limestone slurry is pumped to three agitated storage tanks holding approximately 6,500 t of limestone. This provides 22 hours of storage capacity at peak limestone demand.

The process plant is designed to process approximately 24,000 tpd of ROM refractory ore. The plant bottleneck is the supply of oxygen. If the ROM feed has a low sulphide content, the plant can process 30,000 tpd. The design basis for the oxygen plant is to provide the oxygen required to oxidize approximately 80 tonnes per hour (tph) of sulphide sulphur. This is equivalent to 1,200 tph of feed containing 6.79% sulphide sulphur, assuming a design factor of 2.2 tonnes O2 per tonne sulphide sulphur. The overall facility consists of the following unit operations: Primary crushing SAG mill and ball mill grinding with pebble crushing (SABC circuit) POX Hot curing CCD washing Iron precipitation Copper sulphide precipitation and recovery Neutralization Solution cooling Lime boiling for silver enhancement CIL circuit Carbon acid washing, stripping and regeneration Electrowinning (EW) Refining Cyanide destruction ARD treatment Limestone crushing, calcining, and lime slaking.The ore is ground to an optimum size of 80% passing 80 m to120 m and oxidized in autoclaves at a temperature of 210C to 230C and a pressure of 3,100 kPa to 3,450 kPa for 60 minutes to 75 minutes. The product from each autoclave is discharged to a flash vessel where heat is released, cooling the slurry to approximately 106C. It then flows by gravity to the hot cure circuit where the slurry temperature is maintained between 100C and 105C for 12 hours in order to dissolve the basic ferric sulphate (BFS) that forms during the pressure oxidation process. This process overall temperature will be deliberately lowered in 2018 to approximately 96C to protect equipment. The resulting BFS dissolution will essentially be the same.The next step in the process is to separate the base metal rich acidic liquors from the oxidized solids within the slurry. This is accomplished in a three-stage CCD wash thickener circuit to remove more than 99% of the sulphuric acid and the dissolved metal sulphates. The washed thickened slurry is then contacted with steam from one of the autoclave flash vessels to heat the slurry to 95C ahead of a two-stage lime boil treatment. Adding milk of lime slurry to the oxidized slurry effectively raises the pH to the 10.5 to 10.8 range breaking down the silver jarosites, making it possible to recover the silver minerals in the CIL circuit. Following the lime boil circuit, the slurry is diluted with reclaimed water and cooled to 40C in cooling towers. The cooled slurry is pumped to the CIL circuit. The addition of lime to the lime boil circuit provides sufficient protective alkalinity in the CIL circuit. No further addition of lime is required in this circuit. In the CIL circuit, cyanide is added to solubilize the gold and silver into solution which is contacted with activated carbon to adsorb the gold and silver cyanide complexes. Retention time in this circuit varies from 18 hours to 22 hours, depending on the processing rate. The acidic liquor overflow from CCD thickener #1 is sent to the autoclave plant to quench flash steam. The quench vessel underflow is treated with limestone in the iron precipitation circuit to remove ferric iron. From there, the overflow from the iron precipitation thickener is forwarded to the hydrogen sulphide (H2S) precipitation plant to recover the copper. H2S gas is added to the solution to precipitate the copper as CuS. The precipitate is thickened and filtered to produce market grade copper concentrate. Neutralizing the thickener overflow solution is accomplished first with limestone and then with the introduction of slaked lime in the HDS circuit where most of the remaining metal sulphates are precipitated. After neutralization, the slurry is dewatered in a high rate thickener. The thickener underflow (sludge) is pumped to the tailings pond while the overflow is cooled and recycled to the process water tank for redistribution, including use as wash water in the CCD circuit. Loaded carbon from the CIL circuit is forwarded to the refinery for acid washing and stripping. The resulting pregnant strip solution proceeds to the EW circuit for gold and silver recovery while the barren carbon travels to the reactivation kiln. A combined gold and silver sludge from the EW cells is filtered, dried, retorted to remove the mercury from the sludge, and smelted to produce bullion bars. The reactivated carbon is returned to the CIL circuit. The tailings from the CIL circuit flow by gravity across the carbon safety screens and are pumped to the cyanide destruction circuit. The conventional SO2/air process reduces the cyanide content of the CIL tailings to less than 5 mg/L cyanide. The detoxified slurry is mixed with the HDS and pumped to the TSF.The Pueblo Viejo plant and tailings expansion projects remain on track and on budget, with construction activities ramping up following Environmental Impact Assessment approval for the plant expansion in the third quarter of 2020. For the second straight year, the Pueblo Viejo plant achieved record mill throughput a notable derisking milestone as we advance the expansion project to increase plant capacity to 14 million tonnes per annum by the end of 2022.The process plant expansion flowsheet includes an additional primary crusher, coarse ore stockpile and ore reclaim delivering to a new single stage semi-autogenous (SAG) mill. A new flotation circuit will concentrate the bulk of the sulfide ore prior to oxidation. The concentrate will be blended with fresh milled ore to feed the modified autoclave circuit, which will have additional oxygen supplied from a new 3,000-tonnes-per-day facility. The existing autoclaves will be upgraded to increase the sulfur processing capacity of each autoclave through additional high-pressure cooling water and recycle flash capability using additional slurry pumping and thickening.

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pueblo viejo gold mine - mining technology | mining news and views updated daily

Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine is located 100km away from the capital city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. With proven and probable reserves of 25.3 million ounces, it is the second largest high sulphidation gold deposit in the world.

A joint venture named Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC) was formed by Barrick Gold and Goldcorp in 2009 to develop the mine. Barrick Gold operates the mine and owns a 60% working interest in the property. Goldcorp holds the remaining 40% interest.

The mine was originally scheduled to commence operations in the first quarter of 2012 but got delayed due to the damage caused to dam tailings by unexpected heavy rains that occurred in the region in May 2011.

The mine had been in production since 1975. It was operated by the state-owned mining company Rosario Dominicana. The mine had produced more than five million ounces (moz) of gold and 22moz of silver in its operational life. The mining operations had to be halted, however, in 1991due to low gold and silver prices and a lack of appropriate technology to process the ore.

Tenders were invited by Dominican Government in 2001 to continue work at the abandoned mine. The project called for site re-mediation and construction of new infrastructure as the existing old systems were damaged.

Barrick Gold carried out the feasibility study and appointed Ruscan Environmental Sciences (Ruscan) of Canada to perform the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and associated infrastructure studies.

The sulphide ore deposits are present on the upper part of the volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks. The volcanic conglomerates and agglomerates grade upwards to form sand stones and fine grained carbonaceous mud stones.

Pyrite and sphalerite are the main sulphide minerals present at the mine. Pyrite constitutes about 10% to 20% of the sulphide mineral. About 70% of pyrite is present locally in veins as well as wall rocks.

Thickeners equipped with Hawks sonar technology are being used to control the mining operations. The thickeners are optimised by controlling the bed level and monitoring other real time settling conditions. Use of this technology will reduce the chemical and electricity costs of the project.

The project also uses Maptek I-Site technology to conduct surveys on various activities taking place at the mine site. The survey system keeps track and account of all the activities at the site and saves about 50% of time taken to conduct physical site survey.

dominican republic has the antilles largest mineral deposits

dominican republic has the antilles largest mineral deposits

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic has the Greater Antilles largest mineral deposits which attract local and multinationals alike in the search for gold, silver, copper, zinc, nickel and bauxite, as well as non-metallics, used in construction and jewelry.

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