Answers on Wafi-Golpu loom

THE prefeasibility study for Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold’s mammoth Wafi-Golpu copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea could be completed in a few weeks.
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Shared 50:50 by the two gold miners through the Morobe Mining Joint Venture, the project already hosts 26.6 million ounces of gold and nine million tonnes of copper resources.

During a recent site trip, MMJV general manager of sustainability and external relations David Wissink told The National there was a lot of drilling underway.

"Hopefully, we should have a pre-feasibility document done by the end of July, [or] sometime in August," he reportedly said.

Wafi-Golpu, named after two separate deposits, could end up hosting open cut and underground mining like Barrick Gold's Porgera mine in PNG.

According to a MMJV job advertisement for a senior geotechnical engineer posted in late June, Golpu operations will use block cave underground mining methods and there is an indicative processing plant capacity of 20-30 million tonnes per annum.

The Wafi deposit has been considered as amenable to open pit "and/or" bulk underground mining.

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