The Tropicana Gold Mine is located 330 km northeast of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.[2] Since 2002, it has been jointly owned by AngloGold Ashanti (70% – manager) and Regis Resources (30%).[3]

Tropicana Gold Mine is located in Western Australia
Tropicana Gold Mine
Tropicana Gold Mine
Location in Western Australia
LocationGreat Victoria Desert
StateWestern Australia
Coordinates29°14′26″S 124°32′19″E / 29.24056°S 124.53861°E / -29.24056; 124.53861
Production265,000 troy ounces[1]
Financial year2021
CompanyAngloGold Ashanti (70%)
Regis Resources (30%)
Year of acquisition2001

The Tropicana tenements consist of 12,500 km2 of land.[4] It is located at the junction of the Yilgarn Craton and the Fraser Range Mobile Belt.[5]

History Edit

The Tropicana deposit was discovered in 2005. The nearby Havana deposit was discovered in 2006. Mining commenced in July 2012 and first ore was sent to the crushing circuit in July 2013. The first gold was poured on 26 September 2013.[3][6]

The area has been seen as a new major Australian gold province, previously unexplored due to its remoteness,[5][7] and dubbed the "Tropicana Gold Belt".[8]

In May 2021, Regis Resources purchased Independence Group's 30 percent stake in the ownership of the mine for A$903 million.[9]

Project Edit

A pre-feasibility study carried out by AngloGold Ashanti in 2007–08 showed the mine capital cost would be A$500 million to $540m and could produce up to 430,000 ounces of gold a year.[2]

The projects location at the western edge of the remote Great Victoria Desert constitutes one of the biggest barriers for the project, with 220 km of road having to be built to be able to access the future mine[2] and a 40 megawatt power station being required to supply it with electricity.[10]

The project is estimated at an initial mine life of 10 years, now extended to 15,[10] with an annual production of around 330,000 to 400,000 ounces (9000–11,000 kg) of gold and an overall production of 3.6 million ounces (102,000 kg).[2]

The decision for the mine to go ahead is expected in 2010 while mining is scheduled to begin in 2013.[2] AngloGold Ashanti sold its 33% stake in the Boddington Gold Mine in early 2009 to Newmont, a move seen by analysts as the "logical thing" in order to be able to afford the expenditure of the Tropicana development.[11]

The open pit at the mine is scheduled to be up to 6 km long, 1.5 km wide and up to 400 m deep.[10]

The development of the mine was approved by boards of the two companies on 11 December 2010. Construction is to start in June 2011, while the first gold pour was scheduled for December 2013 at the time. The cost of the project is estimated to be in excess of A$700 million.[12]

Environmental impact Edit

The future mine site is expected to include the clearing of 3440ha of vegetation and is likely to emit up to 330,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.[10]

Production Edit

Annual production figures of the mine:[13][1]

Year Production Grade Cost per ounce
2018 336,000 ounces 1.91 g/t US$843
2019 360,000 ounces 1.85 g/t US$757
2020 298,000 ounces 1,5 g/t US$1,061
2021 265,000 ounces 1.28 g/t US$1,326

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Operational Profile 2021: Tropicana" (PDF). Newtown, South Africa: AngloGold Ashanti. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tropicana looking good as AngloGold itches to go The Australian, published: 28 July 2009, accessed: 3 January 2010
  3. ^ a b "History". Tropicana Joint Venture. AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd and Independence Group NL. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ AngloGold Ashanti website – Country Report Australia accessed: 3 January 2010
  5. ^ a b Gold – AIMR 2008 – Australian Mines Atlas Geoscience Australia website, accessed: 3 January
  6. ^ de Landgrafft, Tara (30 September 2013). "Tropicana mine pours first gold". ABC Rural. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  7. ^ Miner eyes '260km gold belt' in WA The Canberra Times, published: 28 July 2009, accessed: 3 January 2010
  8. ^ As the price of gold sparkles, the future looks bright for junior explorers The Age, published: 24 November 2008, accessed: 3 January 2010
  9. ^ Zakharia, Nickolas (7 May 2021). "Regis receives final approval for Tropicana acquisition". Australian Mining. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  10. ^ a b c d AngloGold kicks off Tropicana approvals process The West Australian, published: 29 September 2009, accessed: 3 January 2010
  11. ^ AngloGold to mine Tropicana gold in 2013 The Sydney Morning Herald, published: 27 July 2009, accessed: 3 January 2010
  12. ^ Go-ahead for Tropicana gold operation, published: 11 December 2010, accessed: 23 December 2010
  13. ^ "Operational Profile 2020: Tropicana" (PDF). Newtown, South Africa: AngloGold Ashanti. Retrieved 18 April 2022.

Bibliography Edit

  • Louthean, Ross (ed.). The Australian Mines Handbook: 2003-2004 Edition. Louthean Media Pty Ltd.

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