Pueblo Viejo mine

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Pueblo Viejo mine
Location
LocationCotuí
Sánchez Ramírez Province
CountryDominican Republic
Production
ProductsGold
Silver
Owner
CompanyBarrick Gold
Goldcorp

The Pueblo Viejo mine is a gold mine located in the north-central region of the Dominican Republic in the Sánchez Ramírez Province.[1] It is the largest gold mine in the Americas and second largest in the world.[1][2][3] It is also the first exploited mine by the Spaniards in America.[4] The mine has estimated reserves of 25.3 million oz of gold and 120 million oz of silver.[1] Barrick Gold Corporation owns 60% of the mine and Goldcorp Inc. owns 40%.[5] It was formerly operated by the Dominican mining group Rosario Dominicana, S. A., which had exploited Pueblo Viejo from 1975 to 1999 when it went bankrupt.

Gold is recovered from the ore using a pressure oxidation process, performed in four autoclaves which operate at 3.45 MPa and 230 °C.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine, Dominican Republic". mining-technology.com. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  2. ^ "The World's 10 Largest Gold Mines by Production".
  3. ^ "World Top 20 Gold: Countries, Companies and Mines".
  4. ^ "Mina de oro de Pueblo Viejo: Primer campamento minero de Republica Dominicana y America". Ministerio de Cultura de la Republica Dominicana.
  5. ^ "Legacy Project: Pueblo Viejo Project". Hatch. nd. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

Coordinates: 18°56′23″N 70°10′31″W / 18.9396°N 70.1753°W / 18.9396; -70.1753