Top Australian gold miner seeks to expand Kalgoorlie ‘Super Pit’

26th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Top Australian gold miner seeks to expand Kalgoorlie ‘Super Pit’

Northern Star Resources is seeking to expand its flagship Fimiston gold mine in Western Australia and extend the life of the project to 2034.

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, which is wholly owned by Northern Star, has lodged a proposal to widen and deepen the so-called ‘Super Pit', the Western Australia state government said in a statement. The miner wants to increase the area of the development to 7 795 ha, up from the currently approved 5 914 ha, it said.

Increasing ore supply will be key for Northern Star, Australia’s largest listed gold miner. The company committed A$1.5-billion last year to more than double processing capacity at its Kalgoorlie operations.

Northern Star didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gold has surged over the last decade, more than doubling in price from late 2015, and reached a record of more than $2 200 an ounce last week. Australia is the world’s third-largest producer after China and Russia, according to the World Gold Council.