Pogo Mine pours two-millionth ounce of gold
Pogo mine refinery operators pour molten gold from the 2,300 degree induction furnace into the molds. The heavy weight of the gold settles it in the molds while the lighter impurities, called slag, flow over top down into the slag pot.
PHOTOS: Judy Patrick Photography
Delta Junction, Alaska – On July 31, 2012 the two-millionth ounce of gold was poured at the Sumitomo Pogo Mine near Delta Junction.
Kennedy noted that the company maintains high safety and environmental standards and while gold production is the goal, human safety and adherence to environmental commitments are core values. “Milestones like this are only achieved when safety and environmental performance remain at the forefront of everyone’s minds. No ounce of gold is worth harming a person or the environment and I am proud of our team for their performance,” said Kennedy.
An aerial view of Pogo Mine shows the Goodpaster River in the background, the mill and processing facilities with the “blue tube” conveyor belt that travels up from the underground mine, and the camp, administration, and maintenance facilities in the foreground. (Judy Patrick Photography)
Pogo Mine is an underground gold mine located 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. The mine feeds gold ore to the mill at a rate of approximately 2,500 tons per day and the property produces between 350,000 and 380,000 ounces of gold annually. The currently expected mine life projects operations through 2019, but significant exploration work is underway with the hope of extending the mine life. Current reserves are in excess of 2.7 million ounces of gold.
The gold bar containing the 2,000,000th ounce of gold was the 2,766th bar of gold poured at Pogo Mine. The bar contained 744 troy ounces and is approximately 93.6% gold.” (Judy Patrick Photography)
The mine is operated by Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC, a Joint Venture between Sumitomo Metal Mining Company and Sumitomo Corporation with 85% and 15% ownership shares respectively. Final Permits and Authorizations were issued for the Pogo Mine in December 2003. Mine construction was completed in 2006 and commercial production was achieved in April 2007. The one millionth ounce was produced in October 2009. Pogo Mine maintains a workforce of more than 330 direct employees and an additional 150 contractors.