Kanowna Belle Gold Mine

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Kanowna Belle
Location
Kanowna Belle Gold Mine is located in Australia
Kanowna Belle Gold Mine
Kanowna Belle Gold Mine
Location in Australia
Location Kalgoorlie
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 30°36′39″S 121°34′36″E / 30.61083°S 121.57667°E / -30.61083; 121.57667Coordinates: 30°36′39″S 121°34′36″E / 30.61083°S 121.57667°E / -30.61083; 121.57667
Production
Production 802,000 tonnes at 4.00 g/t for 103,000 ounces
Financial year 2015-2016
History
Opened 1993
Owner
Company Northern Star Resources Limited
Website http://www.nsrltd.com/ NSRL website]
Year of acquisition 2014

The Kanowna Belle Gold Mine is a gold mine located 19 km north east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, near the ghost town of Kanowna.

It is operated by Northern Star Resources[1] Kanowna Belle has one viewing platform and an interpretive centre.[2][3]

History[edit]

The gold deposit was discovered in 1989 by Delta Gold NL and Geopeko Gold and construction begun in 1992, with mining in open pit operation starting in 1993.[4] The mine was officially opened by Western Australian Premier Richard Court on 19 November 1993.[5]

The project was solely owned by Delta Gold Ltd from 1999, when it purchased the remaining 50% for A$90 million. Delta later merged with fellow Australian company Goldfields Ltd to form Auriongold Ltd in February 2002.[4] Aurion was taken over by Placer Dome Inc in 2003, who already, at this stage, held a 60% interest in the mine,[6] and Placer Dome in turn by Barrick Gold in March 2006 for US$10.4 billion.[4][7]

The Kanowna Belle processing plant, as of 2008, treated ore from three underground operations, Kanowna Belle, Raleigh and Bullant.[1] In 2016 ore was sourced from Raleigh-Rubicon at Kundana, and from Kanowna Belle.[8]

In August 2009, Daniel Williams, a truck driver working 900 metres underground, fell to death at the mine.[9][10] It was the fourth fatal accident in Australian mining in 2009 and the eighth in 14 months.[11]

Gold mines in the Kalgoorlie region

Technology[edit]

The Kanowna site is underground a trial of Caterpillar’s Minegem autonomous loader technology.[12]

Production[edit]

Production figures for the mine:

Year Gold
production
Grade Cost per ounce
2000[13] 314,363 ounces 5.68 g/t A$245
2001[13] 270,552 ounces 4.87 g/t A$306
2002 1[13] 178,582 ounces 4.63 g/t A$320
2003
2004[4] 237,291 ounces US$ 316
2005[4] 490,000 ounces
2006[14] 506,000 ounces 0.102 oz/t US$477
2007[15] 362,000 ounces 0.102 oz/t US$659
2008[15] 267,000 ounces 0.160 oz/t US$734
2009 284,000 ounces US$532
  • 1 Figures for January to September 2002.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kanowna Belle Gold Mine, Northern Star Website , accessed: 30 August 2015
  2. ^ Kanowna Belle Gold Mines australia.shopsafe.com.au, accessed: 4 January 2010
  3. ^ Kanowna Belle Gold Mines traveldownunder.com.au, accessed: 4 January 2010
  4. ^ a b c d e Kanowna Belle Gold Mine, Kalgoorlie, Australia mining-technology.com, accessed: 4 January 2010
  5. ^ Kanowna Belle. (Kanowna gold mine in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) Mining Magazine, published: 1 December 1993, accessed: 4 January 2010
  6. ^ Placer Dome Seeks to Buy 2 Mining Concerns for $600 Million The New York Times, published: 29 November 1996, accessed: 2 January 2010
  7. ^ MINEDEX website - Granny Smith search result Archived 11 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine., accessed: 2 January 2010
  8. ^ "Northern Star Resources. An Australian gold miner – for global investors" (pdf). Northern Star Resources. Subiaco, WA. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  9. ^ New Zealand man killed in Kalgoorlie mine accident perthnow.com.au, published: 8 August 2009, accessed: 4 January 2010
  10. ^ "Kiwi killed in Australian gold mine". Television New Zealand. NZPA. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "NZ man dies in gold mine fall". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Proceedings 11th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference - Case Study Comparison of Teleremote and Autonomous Assist Underground Loader Technology at the Kanowna Belle Mine
  13. ^ a b c The Australian Mines Handbook: 2003-2004 Edition, page 98
  14. ^ Fourth Quarter & Year-End Mine Statistics 2007 accessed: 1 January 2010
  15. ^ a b Fourth Quarter & Year-End Mine Statistics 2008 accessed: 1 January 2010

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