Newmont increases gold reserves to 99.2 million ounces and reports copper reserves at 9.5 billion pounds
Friday, Feb 22, 2013
DENVER, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) ("Newmont" or "the Company") today announced it increased attributable gold reserves by 0.4 million ounces, net of depletion, to 99.2 million ounces in 2012.
Gold reserves of 99.2 million ounces;
- Copper reserves of 9.5 billion pounds;
The addition of 2.9 million ounces of gold reserves at the Merian project in Suriname; and
The addition of 2.6 million ounces of gold inferred resources at the Long Canyon project in Nevada.
"We are pleased to announce 6.6 million ounces of gold reserve additions in 2012 at higher grades than depleted, with 2.9 million ounces of new reserves declared at Merian in Suriname," said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Operating Officer. "We also declared 2.6 million ounces of gold inferred resource at Long Canyon in Nevada," Goldberg added.
Gold and copper reserves1 were calculated at $1,400 per ounce, and $3.25 per pound, respectively. A $100 increase in gold price would result in an approximate 2.8% increase in gold reserves while a $100 decrease in gold price would result in an approximate 7.6% decrease in gold reserves. Gold and copper price related reserve additions accounted for 1.5 million ounces of gold and approximately 0.1 billion pounds of copper in 2012, as highlighted in the following charts.
1For detailed information on the Company's year-end attributable Proven and Probable Reserves and Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources, please refer to the Supplemental Information and the cautionary statement at the end of this release.
Attributable measured and indicated gold resources for 2012 were 22.3 million ounces. In addition, attributable inferred gold resources were 17.9 million ounces. Attributable measured and indicated copper resources for 2012 were 2.2 billion pounds. In addition, attributable inferred copper resources were 970 million pounds. Gold and copper resources were calculated using prices of $1,600 per ounce and $3.50 per pound, respectively.
Attributable proven and probable silver reserves for 2012 were 186 million ounces. Attributable measured and indicated silver resources for 2012 were 53 million ounces, with additional inferred silver resources of 35 million ounces. Silver reserves and resources were calculated using prices of $30 and $35 per ounce, respectively.
Exploration: 2013 Planned Activity
Newmont's 2013 attributable exploration budget is $249 million, with over 40% allocated to North America, and the balance split between Asia Pacific, Africa, South America, and other strategic programs, as shown in the chart below. Of the total attributable exploration budget, approximately three quarters is expected to be focused on brownfields exploration activity, with the balance targeted on greenfields programs.
SOURCE Newmont Mining Corporation