MELBOURNE, Australia, April 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Newcrest Mining Limited ("Newcrest") today announced its quarterly report for the three months ending 31 March 2012.
Production for the March 2012 quarter was 532,237 ounces of gold and 18,072 tonnes of copper. Cash costs were $609 per ounce and cash margins remained robust at $978 per ounce. Newcrest's major project expansions at Cadia Valley and Lihir remain on schedule for first commercial production, and on budget. Exploration proceeded to plan during the quarter with 48 drill rigs operating.
Record quarterly production was achieved at Gosowong, whilst production at Telfer and Bonikro was in line with the prior quarter. Production at Lihir, Cadia Valley and Hidden Valley was below that of the prior quarter. As previously announced Lihir has experienced plant reliability issues which are in the process of being rectified; production in the quarter was also adversely impacted by heavy rainfall. High rainfall also adversely impacted production at Cadia Valley and Hidden Valley in the quarter.
Exploration activities during the quarter confirmed the presence of a new zone of high grade mineralisation at Lihir and demonstrated the continuity of high grade mineralisation at Golpu. At Telfer, drilling has highlighted the potential for delivery of new underground and open pit resources. The search for new greenfield discoveries was marked by the commencement of drilling within the highly prospective Wafi Transfer Zone and within the Côte d'Ivoire regional tenement package.
Please refer to separate announcement made today.
- Quarterly gold production 532,237oz (579,073oz in the December 2011 quarter)
- Quarterly copper production 18,072t (18,171t)
- Quarterly cash cost A$609/oz (A$606/oz)
- Gross cash margin A$978/oz (A$1,042/oz)
- Major growth projects Cadia East and Lihir MOPU remain on schedule for first commercial production and on budget
- Cadia East 75% complete; Lihir MOPU 82% complete
- New zone of high grade mineralisation confirmed at Lihir
- Continuity of high grade mineralisation confirmed at Golpu
- Drilling commenced of the Wafi Transfer Zone
- Toronto Stock Exchange secondary listing completed
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Ore Reserves and Mineral Resources Reporting Requirements
As an Australian company with securities listed on the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX"), Newcrest is subject to Australian disclosure requirements and standards, including the requirements of the Corporations Act and the ASX. Investors should note that it is a requirement of the ASX listing rules that the reporting of ore reserves and mineral resources in Australia comply with the JORC Code and that Newcrest's ore reserve and mineral resource estimates comply with the JORC Code. As a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX"), Newcrest is subject to certain Canadian disclosure requirements and standards, including the requirements of NI 43-101. In accordance with NI 43-101, Newcrest reports its ore reserves and mineral estimates in compliance with the JORC Code, along with a reconciliation to the material differences between the JORC Code and the applicable definitions adopted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.
Competent Persons Statement
The information in this quarterly report that relates to Exploration Results and other scientific and technical information is based on information compiled by C. Moorhead, EGM Minerals for Newcrest Mining Limited who is a Fellow of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a full-time employee of Newcrest Mining Limited. Mr Moorhead has sufficient experience which is relevant to the styles of mineralisation and types of deposits under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (the "JORC Code") and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("NI 43-101"). Mr Moorhead consents to and has approved the inclusion in this quarterly report of the matters based on this information in the form and context in which it appears including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the results. For details of exploration reports refer to the Newcrest website at www.newcrest.com.au.
The potential quantity and grade related to Exploration Targets in this report is conceptual in nature as there has been insufficient exploration to define a Mineral Resource. It is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource. Refer to Newcrest's detailed exploration summary on our website at www.newcrest.com.au and on www.sedar.com.
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