Bluebird Gold Mine

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The main gate of the mine
Bluebird Gold Mine is located in Australia
Bluebird Gold Mine
Bluebird Gold Mine
Location in Australia
StateWestern Australia
Coordinates26°42′53″S 118°25′51″E / 26.71472°S 118.43083°E / -26.71472; 118.43083Coordinates: 26°42′53″S 118°25′51″E / 26.71472°S 118.43083°E / -26.71472; 118.43083
CompanyWestgold Resources Limited
Year of acquisition2014

The Bluebird Gold Mine is a gold mine located 15 km south-south-west of Meekatharra, Western Australia.[1]

The mine is owned by Westgold Resources Limited, a company formed in November 2016 from the demerger of the gold assets of Metals X Limited, who acquired the project from Reed Resources in May 2014.[2]


Gold mines in the Mid West region

The mine was owned by St Barbara Mines Ltd from 1991 to October 2005, when St Barbara sold it to Mercator,[1] for A$18 million in cash and shares and an $3 million environmental bond.[3] At the time of the purchase, Mercator already owned a number of exploration leases in the area.[4]

St Barbara spent A$30 million on the mine in the early 2000s on upgrading plant and developing its surface and underground operations.[5] Mining at Bluebird was suspended in May 2004.[6] St Barbara subsequently sold the mine to Mercator Gold for A$38 million.[7]

Mining resumed under Mercator in the fourth quarter of 2007.[8] The company planned to produce 90,000 ounces of gold in its first year, rising to 120,000 in 2008.[9] Mining was carried out at the Surprise and the Bluebird open pit.[10]

Mercator announced on 25 September 2008, that mining at its Surprise pit had been suspended because the proximity of the pit to the Great Northern Highway raised concerns. Milling was to continue until October that year and then resume in January 2009. Mercator also planned to raise A$58 million to refinance its operations and pay off its debts.[11]

On 9 October 2008, Mercator requested a suspension of trading following the appointment of Ferrier Hodgson as administrators to the company's operating subsidiary, Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd.[12] All mining activities at Bluebird were suspended and the mine placed in care and maintenance.[13][14] For the 2007-08 financial year, Mercator posted a loss of £31,883,479.[8] Some of the reasons for the closure were a poor mine plan and the inability of the company to raise necessary capital during the global financial crisis.[15]

At the end of 2009, Mercator was hopeful, that the sale of the mine to Meekatharra Gold Corporation, a company to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, should be finalised in 2010.[16] After the Meekatharra Gold Corporation failed in its attempt to purchase the mine, it was sold to Reed Resources for A$26.7 million in January 2011.[7]

Reed hopes to reopen the mine by late 2012 and carry out mining in both an open pit and underground operation.[15]


Production of the mine:

Year Production Grade Cost per ounce
2000[5] 86,798 ounces 0.93 g/t A$321
2001[5] 111,380 ounces 1.67 g/t A$469
2002 1[5] 97,254 ounces 2.29 g/t A$459
2002-03[6] 96,611 ounces 1,47 g/t
2003-04[6] 37,983 ounces 0.84 g/t
2004-07 inactive
2007-08[8] 32,145 ounces
2008-11 inactive
  • 1 Figures for January to September 2002 only.

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  1. ^ a b "MINEDEX website". Meekatharra - Bluebird search result. Archived from the original on 11 September 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  2. ^ Goode, Keith (19 March 2018). "Westgold Resources Limited (WGX)" (PDF). Westgold Resources Limited. Eagle Research. p. 2. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Proposed Meekatharra Asset Acquisition from St Barbara Mines Limited" (PDF). Mercator website. 3 November 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  4. ^ "History of Australian Gold Production". Mercator website. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d The Australian Mines Handbook: 2003-2004 Edition. p. 108.
  6. ^ a b c "St Barbara annual report 2004". 27 October 2004. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  7. ^ a b Reed Acquires Meekatharra Gold Project Reed Resources ASX announcement, published: 12 January 2011, accessed: 14 April 2011
  8. ^ a b c "Final Results Year Ended 30 June 2008" (PDF). Mercator website. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Mercator Gold is Re-establishing Meekatharra Gold District". 4 November 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Mercator Gold: the AIM market seems slow on the uptake". 1 April 2008. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Mining & Financing Update" (PDF). Mercator website. 25 September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Statement re Suspension". Mercator website. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Corporate Update" (PDF). Mercator website. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Mercator Gold enters administration while it seeks refinancing". 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  15. ^ a b Reed to re-start WA gold mine in 2012 Archived 2012-10-04 at the Wayback Machine, published: 31 March 2011, accessed: 14 April 2011
  16. ^ "Trading Statement & Interim Results for the 12 month to 30 June 2009" (PDF). Mercator website. 31 December 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2010.

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