Paddington Gold Mine
|Company||Norton Gold Fields Limited|
|Year of acquisition||2007|
Paddington Gold are major sponsors of the new local rugby league club, Goldfields Titans.
The mine opened in 1985, under the ownership of Goldfields Limited, mining ore in two open pit operations, the two original open pits being active until 2002. In 1994, the processing plant was upgraded to be able to handle 3.0 million tonnes of ore per annum.
In 2007, the mining tenements were enlarged through the acquisition of the Mount Pleasant and Ora Banda properties. Shortly after, on 26 April 2007, Norton announced it had purchased the mine from Barrick Gold for A$45 million. It moved the small Kundana Plant, at the Kundana Gold Mine near Paddington and part of the sale, to its Mount Morgan Mine Project, near Rockhampton, Queensland.
Underground mining commenced in April 2009 with the cutting of a portal at Norton's Homestead deposit at Mount Pleasant, 18 km south-west of the Paddington mill, and is expected to deliver mill feed from December 2009 with a grade in excess of 6.0 g/t. Production performance of the mine was below plan in 2008-09, having been scheduled at 145,000 ounces and achieved only 137,000, because of shortfalls in the second half of 2008.
In August 2009, Norton signed an agreement with Curtin University of Technology’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) to establish cooperation in education, professional development, and research and development between WASM and the Paddington Gold Mine.
On 28 September 2009, two miners were seriously injured, having been pinned between the counterweight of an excavator and a wall in the plant area.
Recent production of the mine:
|Year||Production||Grade||Cost per ounce|
|1997-98||209,000 ounces||2.2 g/t||A$ 317|
|1998-99||162,000 ounces||2.2 g/t||A$400|
|1999–2000||132,000 ounces||2.7 g/t||A$352|
|2000-01||148,000 ounces||1.8 g/t||A$376|
|2001-02||225,000 ounces||2.3 g/t||A$383|
|2002-03||308,000 ounces||3.2 g/t||A$498|
|2003-04||244,000 ounces||2.6 g/t||A$478|
|2004-05||243,000 ounces||2.6 g/t||A$576|
|2005-06||259,000 ounces||2.9 g/t||A$501|
|2006-07||214,000 ounces||2.2 g/t|
|2007-08||126,000 ounces||1.5 g/t||A$754|
|2008-09||135,067 ounces||1.45 g/t||A$791|
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- Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistics Digest 2008 Page 34: Principal Mineral and Petroleum Producers - Gold
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- Norton Gold Fields Limited website - Mount Morgan Mine Project (100%) accessed: 2 October 2009
- Norton annual report 2009 published: August 2009, accessed: 2 October 2009
- Curtin and Paddington, training the miners of the future Curtin University website, published: 3 August 2009, accessed: 2 October 2009
- Serious accident at Paddington Australian Mining website, published: 28 September 2009, accessed: 2 October 2009