Challenger Mine

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The plant at the minesite
Challenger Gold Mine is located in Australia
Challenger Gold Mine
Challenger Gold Mine
Location in Australia
State South Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 29.8767828662°S 133.586496796°E / 29.8767828662°S 133.586496796°E / -29.8767828662; 133.586496796Coordinates: 29.8767828662°S 133.586496796°E / 29.8767828662°S 133.586496796°E / -29.8767828662; 133.586496796
Production 80,570
Financial year 2009-10
Opened 2002
Company Dominion Mining
Website Dominion website

The Challenger Mine is a gold mine in the Far North of South Australia, 165 km west of the Stuart Highway and 740 km north-west of Adelaide. It is operated by Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd.


The ore body was first discovered in 1995. The mine was initially an open pit commenced in 2002 and converted to underground mining in 2005.

It produced 43,547 troy ounces of gold in the year to 30 June 2005 and 108,080 ounces in 2006.[1]

The mine has a reserve of 512,000 ounces of gold from a resource of 1 million ounces of gold as of June 2007. Henry Walker Eltin is the underground mining contractor.

Nature of Facility[edit]

Challenger Gold Mine is an underground gold mine and processing facility. The infrastructure covers an area of approximately 300 hectares and includes the processing plant, a mine village housing up to 140 personnel working a fly-in /fly-out roster, aerodrome, reagent and fuel storage facilities, offices, workshops, a laboratory, ancillary buildings and haul roads. Water is supplied from a process water borefield located approximately 3 kilometres west of Challenger. A diesel power station (PS1), supplies power to the treatment plant, and village. A secondary diesel power station (PS2) supplies power to the underground mine and surface ventillation fan.

The mine lease is located in the Far North of South Australia, 750 km NW of Adelaide within the Woomera Prohibited Area on the Jumbuck Pastoral Company lease. The site is either accessed by a 9 hr. drive along sealed and unsealed roads or by Air which takes approximately 1.5hrs by plane from Adelaide. The main access road is a private road and runs approximately 170 km west from the Stuart Highway


Production figures of the recent past were:[2]

Year Production Grade Cost per ounce
2005-06 108,080 ounces 9.52 g/t A$280
2006-07 108,191 ounces 9.66 g/t A$309
2007-08 109,326 ounces 8.35 g/t A$367
2008-09 98,755 ounces 7.54 g/t A$438
2009-10 [3] 80,570 ounces 5.0 g/t A$697


  1. ^ Russell Emmerson (2006-09-07). "Gold miner pays first dividend in 13 years". The Advertiser. p. 61. 
  2. ^ Challenger: Production Dominion website, accessed: 27 July 2010
  3. ^ Quarterly report June 2010 Dominion ASX announcement, published: 29 July 2010, accessed: 31 July 2010

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