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Last updated 05:00 21/04/2012
South Island mining company OceanaGold says it has made a "great start" in initial drilling of the Blackwater high grade gold project in the Reefton goldfield. If all goes well, a mine feasibility study could start next year for an underground mine, with earlier indications that the mine could restart in "a few years". Initial drilling hit the high grade quartz reef about 650 metres "down plunge" or 391 vertical metres below previously mined workings at the historic Blackwater mine. That mean the reef appeared to show "good depth continuity with remarkable consistency in both grade and width". The first drill hole hit 1 metre of the reef with 23.3 grams of gold per tonne of ore. That was in line with historic mining records that reported widths of up to 2.5 metres, with grades ranging from 1.7g/t of gold to more than 100g/t.
Last updated: 4:00 AM Wednesday Jun 30, 2010
OceanaGold is doubling its exploration budget at its opencast mine near Reefton to assess the economics of underground mining below the existing pit. Expanding the Globe Progress open cut pit is also an option. Oceana announced yesterday it would boost its exploration budget for the Reefton goldfield to US$4.4 million ($6.3 million) for 2010/11, up from US$2.8 million in the previous year. The expanded exploration programme includes drilling and technical and economic assessments by what is now an 18-member team. Company spokesman Darren Klinck said it would be well into next year before a decision would be made. Such an expansion would require significant capital investment, he said. "The best place to find a deposit is next to one you've already got." Oceana said the Reefton goldfield was one of the most prolific in New Zealand, historically having produced more than two million ounces of gold from hard rock mining and an additional eight million ounces reportedly from alluvial mining.
Last updated at 5:40 am on 22 January 2012
OceanaGold says gold production rose in the fourth quarter. The company says output rose 11% to 66,000 ounces in the three months to December, compared with the previous quarter. Revenue totalled $US107 million in the period, calculated at an average gold price of $US1705 per ounce. Total production was about 252,500 ounces for the 2011 calendar year, below OceanaGold's expectations. OceanaGold runs Macraes and Reefton goldfields.