New Afton Underground Gold – Copper Mine is located 10 km west of Kamloops, 350 km northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
New Afton began production in June 2012 with commercial production following in July 2012. The underground operation is expected to produce, on average, 85,000 ounces of gold and 75 million pounds of copper per year over its mine life.
The mine occupies the site of the historic Afton Mine and includes an open pit, underground workings, historic support facilities, a new concentrator and recently constructed tailings facility. The New Afton deposit extends to the southwest from immediately beneath the Afton Mine open pit.
New Gold’s holdings in the area comprise the Afton Group and the Ajax Group. The New Afton deposit lies within the Afton Group. The Afton Group consists of 61 mineral claims included in a mining lease issued by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources on November 29, 2006 (the “Afton Mining Lease”). The total area of the Afton Mining Lease and all other claims is 12,450.4 hectares.
The New Afton deposit comprises part of a larger copper-gold porphyry district situated within the prolific Quesnel Trough island-arc terrane, host to many of British Columbia’s major copper and gold districts.
100% – New Gold
Gravity separation; Flotation.
69 Au kozt, 79 million pounds of Cu in 2019
Reserves / Resources (12/31/2019):
Au: 1,000 kozt – P&P; 1,100 – MI