What we know about the Ladner Gold Project
Phase II exploration of the underground Carolin Mine is officially underway as New Carolin Gold announced the second phase exploration on its Ladner Gold project.
Here's what we know about the Ladner Gold Project:
What is the Ladner Gold project?
The Ladner Gold project encompasses the Carolin Mine, a former underground small gold producer from 1982 – 1984, Emancipation Mine (an intermittent small gold producer from 1916 – 1941), Pipestem Mine (intermittent small gold producer from 1935 – 1937), and numerous other gold prospects situated along 18 kilometers of the under-explored Coquihalla Gold Belt.
The Coquihalla Gold Belt has seen little exploration over 90 years and has geological similarities to the Mother Lode district of California and the Bridge River district of southwestern BC, both with multi-million ounce producers. The Coquihalla Gold Belt contains under-explored former small underground producing gold mines and numerous gold prospects.
The Carolin Mine?
The Carolin Mine was commissioned in late 1981 at a development cost of $40 million. Milling began in early 1982 and continued to late 1984, processing some 900,000 tons of ore to recover approximately 45,000 oz of gold. Gold recoveries were generally well below expectations, but did improve with time and experience. Mine records indicate that nearly half the millhead gold was not recovered but was sent to the tailings deposition area.
New Carolin Gold
New Carolin Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based brownfields development company focused on the exploration, evaluation and development of our 100% owned property consisting of 144 square kilometers of contiguous mineral claims and crown grants collectively known as the Ladner Gold Project. The Company is currently executing exploration programs on the property which is located 2 hours by freeway from Vancouver near Hope, British Columbia, in the prospective and under-explored Coquihalla Gold Belt. The Company has an existing mine permit, water licenses and tailings facility in place, as well as 10.5 kilometers of underground tunnels for exploration access. The Company's Ladner Gold Project is host to several historic gold producers, including the Carolin Mine, Emancipation Mine, Arum Mine, Ward Mine, and Pipestem Mine, in addition to numerous artisan workings and gold prospects that typically exploit high grade visible gold mineralization.
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Anglo American: FutureSmart Mining
Anglo American’s approach to technology, digitalisation and sustainability is changing the nature of the way the company mines. These are the step-change innovations that will transform the nature of mining – how the company sources, mines, processes, moves and markets its products – and how its stakeholders experience that business. Anglo American is transforming its physical and societal footprint with FutureSmart Mining.
“FutureSmart Mining is our innovation-led approach to sustainable mining,” Anglo American’s Tom McCulley told Mining Gllobal. In his role as CEO for Anglo American Peru & Group Head of Projects he has overseen investment of more than $5bn at the company’s Quellaveco copper project in Peru.
“These are the step-change innovations that will transform the nature of mining – how we source, mine, process, move and market our products – and how our stakeholders experience our business. It’s about transforming our physical and societal footprint.”
Anglo is undertaking a feasibility study to assess the possibility of rolling out one of its FutureSmart technologies, Coarse Particle Recovery (CPR), at Quellaveco. “CPR crushes particles to 2.5 times larger than normal, reducing energy consumption and mill time, leading to a 20% increase in throughput and 85% water recovery - a key issue in Peru given the concerns around water scarcity,” says McCulley.
“By allowing water to release from the much coarser particles, CPR will reduce the risks associated with wet tailings and ultimately help eliminate them altogether. When combined with low cost additives, it is possible to dewater residual waste and produce dry stackable tailings. This technology remains a focus area for us as water sent to tailings facilities often represents the largest water loss at a mine.”
Quellaveco is going to be the first mine to run the FutureSmart operating model from day one. Anglo’s idea is to build a stable base on which it can layer new technologies, CPR being one of them.
“We will also be a fully digital mine, which brings us future benefits in terms of understanding and applying changes in real time,” adds McCulley. “Our trucks and our drills will be automation-ready. We have taken the approach that, when we decide to move into an autonomous operation, no jobs will be lost, but the nature of some people’s jobs will have to change.”
FutureSmart is a blend of technology and sustainability,” said McCulley in an interview with Global Business Reports. “If you go back to the vision and design of Quellaveco, it has really been focused on the long-term sustainability of the mine through effective use of things like water, energy and the environment. Quellaveco has been focused on technology such as automation, with digital and analytical tools all coming together. We will be looking at future technologies to bolt on as we go to ensure that we are optimizing the sustainable use of resources and remaining cost-effective.”
Anglo American’s Quellaveco copper project in Peru has created 15,000 jobs during construction and approximately 2,500 jobs are planned for operations, increasing Peru’s copper production by a forecast 300,000 tonnes per year. The mine’s first copper production is expected in 2022. To learn more about Anglo American's Quellaveco copper project read our feature here.