Three new fully automated loaders and three additional drills partially resulted in an 11% increase in tonnage, Barrick revealed in a press release.
The company has successfully converted and optimized the mineral resources in the upper part of Deep West, where it plans to add significant reserves to the asset base, freeing up additional value in the mining plan.
In line with its long-term commitment to Tanzania, Barrick has also secured exploration targets elsewhere in the Bulyanhulu mining permit.
Also in Bulyanhulu, Barrick announced that the company has commissioned Africa’s first photon analysis laboratory. This new technique allows faster, safer and more precise analysis of gold, silver and complementary elements.
Barrick also commissioned a new crusher which is being optimized to support the increased production.
At North Mara, a brine processing plant is slated to start up this quarter as part of Barrick’s efforts to eliminate historic environmental issues from the mine. It also includes a new water treatment plant and an improved tailings management facility.
During the last quarter, the underground operation of the Gokona mine was connected to the national electricity grid, reducing its diesel consumption by 43%. The two open pits at North Mara have been redesigned and integrated into the underground mine.
At the same time, in partnership with the Tanzanian health authorities, Barrick is ensuring the continued deployment of Covid-19 vaccines. So far, 12% of its workforce in the country has been vaccinated.
Since Barrick formed its pioneering partnership with government through the Twiga Partnership in 2020, it has paid $ 118 million in salaries, $ 496 million in taxes, levies and royalties, and $ 609 million in goods and services. local origin.