The Vale Mining Corporation has begun mining gold in northern Victoria, with an automated mining rig set to drill in a mine that will hold around 500 tonnes of gold.
“The Vale Mining Project will deliver gold to market in the region over the next six months,” Vale CEO Greg Clark said in a statement on Monday.
“We are also working with the Government of Victoria to help them ensure this is done safely, with the full participation of the Vale Government.”
Mr Clark said that the company would conduct the drilling and mining at a depth of 1.3km, with one of the rigs drilling onshore at the North Vale mine site.
The company is also expected to begin a trial of a new mining technique in the Goldfields region, which will allow the company to produce 1.5 tonnes of pure gold a day.
The Vale project comes just days after Vale revealed that the world’s biggest gold producer was planning to dump the company’s toxic waste at the end of this year.
“This project will be the biggest in the world in terms of the number of tonnes of waste that will be dumped, and Vale has also said that it will be producing more gold per hour,” Vale chief executive officer Brian Loughan said in September.
“Our hope is that this will be a significant step towards producing the world-leading gold of our future.”
“Vale will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the Goldfield gold is used to help people and businesses recover from the climate change that we are already experiencing.”
The company has been criticised for its record of environmental breaches, and in 2015 it agreed to pay $US1.5 million to the Australian Government to resolve a pollution and safety claim from the environment department.
“Vegas Gold is an Australian company, and we have an obligation to ensure we are complying with all environmental laws, regulations and policies that apply to our operations,” Vale said at the time.
Topics:mining,environment,environmental-impact,environment-management,goldfields-4040,vegas-4550,melbourne-3000,vic,australiaFirst posted May 05, 2020 12:24:08Contact Matt McGowanMore stories from Victoria