Tanami

Location: 540 kilometers north west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Metals Mined: Gold Mine Type: Underground
Annual Gold Production*: 500 attributable Koz Date of First Production: 1983

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Boddington

Location: 16 kilometers from Boddington, Western AustraliaMetals Mined: Gold, copper
Mine Type: Surface
Annual Gold Production*: 703 attributable Koz
2019 Annual Copper Production: 77 million attributable pounds

35,000 attributable tonnes
Date of First Production: 2009

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Ahafo - Ghana

Location: 307 kilometers northwest of Accra, Ghana
Mine Type: Surface
Metals Mined: Gold
Annual Gold Production*:643 attributable Koz
Date of First Production:2006

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Akyem - Ghana

Location: 111 miles northwest of Accra, Ghana
Mine Type: Surface
Metals Mined: Gold Annual Gold Production*: 422 attributable Koz
Date of First Production: 2013

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Cerro Negro

Location: Argentina
Type of Mine: Underground
Gold Production: 334 attributable Koz

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Yanacocha

Location: 800 kilometers northeast of Lima, Peru
Mine Type: Surface
Metals Mined: Gold
Annual Gold Production*: 270 attributable Koz
Date of First Production: 1993

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Merian

Location: 66 kilometers south of Moengo, Suriname
Mine Type: Surface
Metals Mined: Gold
Annual Gold Production*: 393 attributable Koz
Date of First Production: Q4 2016

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Pueblo Viejo

Location: Dominican Republic
Type of Mine: Open pit
Gold Production: 287 attributable Koz

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Peñasquito

Location: Mexico
Type of Mine: Open pit
Gold Production: 129 attributable Koz
Annual Gold Production*: 129 attributable Koz

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Nevada

Location: Multiple locations in Northern Nevada, United States
Mine Type: Surface and underground
Metals Mined: Gold, Copper, Silver
Date of First Production: 1965

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Cripple Creek & Victor

Location: Near the towns of Cripple Creek and Victor Metals Mined: Gold and Silver Mine Type: 4 surface operations Annual Gold Production*: 322 attributable Koz
Date of First Production: 1976

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Porcupine

Location: Timmins, Ontario
Type of Mine: Underground, open pit and stockpiles
Gold Production: 223 attributable Koz
Annual Gold Production*: 223 attributable Koz

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Musselwhite

Location: Opapamiskan Lake, Ontario
Type of Mine: Underground
Gold Production: 3 attributable Koz
Annual Gold Production*: 3 attributable Koz

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Éléonore

Location: Eeyou Istchee/James Bay, Northern Quebec
Type of Mine: Underground
Gold Production: 246 attributable Koz
Annual Gold Production*: 246 attributable Koz

* as of December 2019. See cautionary statement.

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Spokane

The Midnite mine – one of our legacy sites – is a former uranium mine located within the Spokane Tribe of Indians reservation in the state of Washington

Western Shoshone, Shoshone-Paiute and Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation (“Goshute”)

The Western Shoshone, Shoshone-Paiute and Goshute are indigenous to the Great Basin region in which Newmont’s Nevada operations reside.

Pamaka Maroon Tribe of the Marowijne River

The Merian mine is located on the traditional lands of the Pamaka, and we engage extensively with the people of the tribe.

Gnaala Karla Booja

The Gnaala Karla Booja (GKB) are the Noongar Native Title Claimants of the land where we operate the Boddington mine in Western Australia.

Ninga Mia

The Ninga Mia Village, which houses around 100 aboriginal residents near our KCGM operation in Australia, was established in 1983 to provide more permanent accommodation for transient aboriginal people.

Warlpir

The Warlpiri people are the owners and traditional custodians of the land on which our Tanami mine in Australia’s Northern Territory is located.

Overview

Overview

Newmont’s Ahafo mine is located along the Sefwi Volcanic Belt, a northeast-southwest trending volcanic belt in Ghana. The mine is in the Ahafo region, approximately 307 Kilometers northwest from the national capital city of Accra.

Commercial production at Ahafo began in 2006. Ahafo has two primary ore zones: Ahafo South and Ahafo North. Mining is currently underway at Ahafo South. In November 2018, Subika, a new underground mine which was completed on schedule and within budget, achieved commercial production, adding higher-grade, lower cost gold production at Ahafo south.

Key Facts

Ahafo began commercial production in 2006 and operates both surface and underground mines.

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Operation Facts

Location:

Location: 307 kilometers northwest of Accra, Ghana
Mine Type: Surface
Metals Mined: Gold
Annual Gold Production*: 643 attributable Koz
Date of First Production: 2006

*December 2019. See cautionary statement.
†Consolidated $/oz

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our employees and community is a part of Newmont’s values, and we have several programs onsite to achieve a healthy, zero harm environment.

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Fatality Risk Prevention

The Fatality Risk Management program implemented in Ahafo is an integral part of risk assessment with key focus on fatality risk and associated critical controls. The process entails carrying out field verifications of critical controls by verifiers and risk leads to determine whether critical controls are in place and effective to mitigate the associated fatality risk. In the absence of a critical control or where a non-effective critical control is identified, the job must be stopped to prevent a fatality. Once a critical control failure is identified, it is remedied before the job is continued. This program enables Ahafo to focus on fatality risk elimination both onsite and offsite.

Pre-start Meeting

Standardized Pre-Start meetings provide the best opportunity for supervisors to address their entire team prior to beginning of the shift work. Through these meetings, leaders:

  • Establish expectations for safety
  • Ensure clarity of task assignment, fatality risks associated with the task with identified critical controls
  • Assess fitness for work
  • Communicate important business information
  • Enable the team to share and plan for any improvements or concerns before starting the day
Leadership Safety Team Meetings

Ahafo’s monthly leadership safety meetings engage and align the Africa regional leadership around the mine’s health and safety goals. The meetings also embed the desired safety culture while providing a platform for recognizing and celebrating safety achievements and sharing best practices.

Safety Interactions

As the mine progresses its journey to zero harm, Ahafo’s leaders regularly interact with employees about the company’s safety values, challenges and successes. Together, they identify and correct unsafe behaviors.

Field Level Risk Assessment (FLRA)/Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)

Ahafo has implemented FLRA and a reviewed JHA procedure to prevent fatalities and injuries by defining the requirements for the performance of risk management in the field prior to the commencement of work.

The FLRA is a tool completed by an individual prior to starting a task to ensure they follow safe methodology. The JHA is a tool completed by a group prior to commencing a task that has a number of steps to identify the hazards and document the controls that will be put in place to mitigate the hazard. The “Hold Point” concept has been incorporated into the reviewed JHA, where the Supervisor is required to identify if any step of the job requires their presence prior to that step proceeding.

Community

The Ahafo mine operates within ten host communities in Asutifi North and Tano North districts of the Brong Ahafo Region. Our host communities are Ntotroso, Kenyasi No. 1, Kenyasi No. 2, Gyedu, Wamahinso, Susuanso, Terchire, Yamfo, Afirisipakrom and Adrobaa.

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Women’s Consultative Committee (WCC)

Ahafo established the Women’s Consultative Committee (WCC) in 2008 mainly to enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Made up of about 100 members, the committee includes queen mothers and elected representatives of all community women and women’s groups/ associations within the Ahafo mine’s catchment area. The WCC has set up a revolving fund to empower women in the ten host communities economically.

Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF)

Following extensive consultation with host communities, the Ahafo mine established the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF) to support local sustainable community development projects in the 10 communities near the mine. Newmont contributes US$1 per ounce of gold sold and one percent of the net profit from the Ahafo mine to NADeF.

As of December 2018, NADeF had accrued more than $25 Million. Through community driven development decisions, the Fund has constructed and handed over about 120 infrastructure projects, while more than 8,700 educational scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing senior high school and tertiary education.

Environment

Ahafo adheres to the highest standards of national and internationally accepted environmental practices. Consistent with Newmont’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship, we strive to ensure that our employees and contractors abide by standards that are protective of both human health and the environment.

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Certification ISO 14001

Ahafo has been ISO 14001 certified since 2010. ISO 14001 is a benchmark for which top international companies are assessed to ensure adherence to the highest environmental standards. The mine was recertified for ISO 14001 (2015) in May 2018 for improved performance and showing leadership in responsible environmental stewardship.

Cyanide Code

The Ahafo mine is also certified under the International Cyanide Management Code. Subscription to the code is voluntary and represents best practice in cyanide management.

Reclamation

Reclamation is an essential part of Newmont’s operations. Ahafo conducts concurrent reclamation during operations and final closure after Life of Mine. The aim is to ensure that the site is left in a condition that is safe and stable to minimize long-term environmental impact. The mine also ensures that the site is without any future liability and land use restrictions are minimized.

Ahafo’s concurrent reclamation began in 2009. Both native and exotic tree species have been planted and more than 150 hectares of waste rock dump have been reclaimed as of the end of 2018.

The mine’s reclamation and mine engineering teams collaborate on long-term planning for revegetation programs, as well as weed and soil control. Learn more about our closure and reclamation practices here.

Monitoring and Compliance

The Ahafo Mine adheres to all legal requirements, environmental standards, policies and procedures. We collaborate with government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Water Resource Commission to develop, implement and audit environmental programs.

Ahafo monitors and reports on water quality and quantity, air quality, noise and blast levels as part of its commitment to responsible environmental practices.

Water Storage Facility

Ahafo’s Water Storage Facility (WSF), a fresh water dam built to provide supplementary fresh water for the mine’s processing plant, is closely monitored to ensure that the water quality and level are compliant with the regulatory approved standards. Ahafo’s environmental laboratory also provides onsite analyses and environmental data evaluation. We collaborate with regulators, consultants and researchers on various projects, including ecological studies of the WSF. To ensure the safety and free movement of people around the WSF, Ahafo has warning signs, conducts regular patrols and community education. Learn more about our water processes here.

Environmental Control Dams (ECDs)

The ECDs are sediment control structures that have been constructed downstream of the operation to impound turbid runoff water and allow the sediment to settle before release into the environment. This helps minimize sediment flow into streams and prevent flooding. To ensure the safety and free movement of people around the ECDs, the operation has erected warning signs, conduct regular patrols and community education.

Cyanide Management

The Counter Current Decantation Circuit (CCDs) is used to dilute the standard levels within the process waste before it is pumped into the tailings dam. This ensures that the level of active cyanide at the tailings dam is very low and within approved regulatory limits. Learn more about our cyanide management practices here.

Waste Management

Ahafo also operates an Integrated Waste Management Facility to manage hazardous waste streams in an environmentally responsible manner.

External Collaboration

The mine’s collaboration with bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Water Resources Commission ensures fulfillment of its regulatory obligations and implementation of environmental best practices.

Documents

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
Public Consultation and Disclosure Plan
Ahafo Linkages Program (ALP) download – Resettlement Action Plan
Independent Reviews
Supplemental Documents

Contact

Newmont Ghana Gold Limited

Plot 40/41 Senchi Street
Airport Residential Area
PMB Airport Post Office,
Accra-Ghana

T: 030.7011852/ 0302216699