Reko Diq copper/gold project, Pakistan – update

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24th February 2023

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
Reko Diq copper/gold project.

Balochistan, Pakistan.

Project Owner/s
Barrick Gold (50%), the Pakistan government (25%) and the provincial government of Balochistan (25%).

Project Description
Reko Diq is one of the world’s biggest undeveloped copper/gold deposits. It will be a multigenerational mine with a life of at least 40 years. The contemplated mine plan is based on four porphyry deposits within Barrick’s land package.

The project is envisaged to be developed in two stages, starting with an initial crush, milling and flotation circuit with a throughput capacity of about 40-million tonnes a year.

Phase 2, which will be built parallel to Phase 1, will add a further 40-million tonnes a year in throughput. There is an opportunity for a Phase 3 expansion.

Potential Job Creation
During peak construction periods, the project will employ 7 500 people and, once in production, will create about 4 000 long-term jobs.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Phase 1 is expected to cost $4-billion and Phase 2 $3-billion.

Planned Start/End Date
First production of copper and gold is expected in 2028.

Latest Developments
Work has started on the development of the Reko Diq project, in what CEO Mark Bristow has described as one of the company’s most significant developments of the year.

Barrick plans to complete the updated feasibility study for the project by the end of 2024, while planning to evaluate further known porphyry occurrences within the mining lease area.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
Barrick Gold investor and media relations Kathy du Plessis, tel +44 20 7557 7738 or

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