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AngloGold Ashanti to increase production at Western Australia mine
JOHANNESBURG, Dec 7 (Reuters) - South Africa's AngloGold
Ashanti said on Thursday it will increase production
and extend the life of its joint venture mine in Western
Australia, under its strategy to develop more cost-effective
methods of mining.
The expansion at Tropicana Gold Mine, a joint venture
between AngloGold Ashanti which holds a 70 percent interest and
Independence Group NL, is expected to add 2.1 million ounces and
extend the mine's life by approximately seven years to 2027.
By using a strip mining approach and reducing waste haulage
distances by using in-pit backfill, the company said it had
developed a more cost-effective way to mine waste.
"This project is in line with our approach of developing
cost-effective brownfield projects with attractive payback
periods that extend life and improve margins," said AngloGold
Ashanti's Australian Senior Vice President Michael Erickson.
AngloGold forecasts gold production at the mine of as much
as 492,000 ounces next year and at least 530,000 ounces in 2019.
Gold production over the remaining life of the Tropicana
mine is forecast to be about 4 million ounces.
(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Susan Fenton)
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