Newmont Waihi Gold Update 08/01/2014

Posted by on 08/01/2014

A mine truck exits the portal at Newmont Waihi Golds Favona2

Newmont had a really good 2013 year for site operations with the company coming in above budget as far as 'ounces' are concerned. The safety record, apart from a couple of injuries, was very good according to External Affairs Manager Andrea Durie. Zero harm is still the aim for 2014, she said.

With the resource consent application for Correnso being resolved through mediation things panned out well for the company. "It felt like a very hard year, but when we look back and look at the result it was actually a very good year," Ms Durie said.

Newmont has been trying to think of ways of filling the gap that was highlighted late last year which would leave some underground staff with no work for several months. General Manager Glen Grindlay has been working very hard on a solution and the Denver Head office has agreed to 'compress' the Waihi operation's project processes allowing the company to go for full funding for the Correnso project bringing things forward dramatically, which potentially will mean there won't be an 8 month work gap for underground staff. The corporate support means Newmont Waihi Gold will be able to transition the workforce across from Trio to Correnso if all goes well. To make it work the company will 'need to nail our targets and deadline on things', Ms Durie said. Drill samples are an important part of the progress as the company needs to know that what they think is 'down there' is actually there and stacks up. "We've been given the opportunity to not have that gap and we'll be grabbing it with both hands to see what comes of it".

Live Tracking is the latest Newmont innovation to help the public to follow what is happening with the Correnso project. Newmont External Affairs Coordinator Kit Wilson said as part of Correnso consent conditions a mine plan will be available on their website at the beginning of each month. Live tracking of 'vibration events' is also available online. This will not show blast results but will show the 10 monitors in the Waihi East area and the vibration results from them. Kit Wilson added that the results could be caused by something other than a blast. Live tracking doesn't replace Blast Hub it runs parallel to it.

The Tsunado Blast notification trial is underway with a small group of residents. A small device is used to narrow down the notification time for when a blast will occur. The worker who pushes the blast button also pushes a button that triggers the device about 60 seconds before the blast will happen. The device plays some music which is designed to attract attention but not startle people so that they are aware they may experience vibration in the next 60 or so seconds.

The trial goes through until the end of January, early February. Two different groups are trialling the device. One group is above the Correnso exploration blast area and a small group who experience Trio development blasts are also using the device for blasts that happen during the day.

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