ALASKA – Vancouver-based NOVAGOLD RESOURCES has started testing the crushing circuit at its Rock Creek gold mine, 12 km from Nome. Starting the crusher is the first step toward running in the mill and reaching commercial production by the end of this year.
The Rock Creek deposit will be mined by open pit, with ore going to a 7,000-t/d mill. Annual production will be 100,000 oz of gold at a total cash cost of less than US$300/oz. Approximately 135 permanent jobs will be created.
Detailed information about NovaGolds Rock Creek project will appear in the October 2007 issue of CMJ.