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Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?

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09 July 2014

Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?

Report summary

Incentivised by a strong gold price between 2003 and 2011, a large number of refractory ore deposits were developed and commissioned and these are expected to produce an average of 116t/a of gold between 2014 and 2025. With a number of new projects in the pipeline to be developed over the next decade, this insight looks at what contribution refractory mines can make to future global gold output and potential impact on the industry cost structure.

Table of contents

    • Geology and resources
      • Grade-Tonnage relationship gold deposits
    • Production is widespread, but the top 10 are dominated by the majors
      • Paid gold production from major refractory ore deposits (tonnes)
      • Paid gold production from major refractory projects (tonnes)
      • Refractory gold mine production expected to peak in around 2020
      • Capex and opex trends
        • 2015 Total cash cost plus sustaining capital composite cost curve (major refractory mines highlighted)
      • Conclusions

Tables and charts

This report includes 9 images and tables including:

  • Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?: Image 1
  • Refractory ore processed by open pit and underground methods
  • Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?: Table 1
  • Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?: Table 2
  • Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?: Image 3
  • Ongoing and sustaining capital trends for refractory ore mines
  • Exploiting refractory ore deposits: The next big thing?: Image 5
  • Mining and G&A cost ($/t ore)
  • Processing cost

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