B2Gold’s Goose project slightly behind schedule

B2Gold (TSX: BTO; NYSE: BTG) has announced its Goose open pit and underground project in Canada’s Nunavut is running slightly behind schedule, […]
The Goose project in Nunavut, Canada. Credit B2Gold

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B2Gold (TSX: BTO; NYSE: BTG) has announced its Goose open pit and underground project in Canada’s Nunavut is running slightly behind schedule, with first gold delayed from the first quarter of 2025 to the second.

The Canadian miner attributed the holdup to equipment availability, adverse weather conditions and prioritization of critical path construction activities.

The additional months will ensure that the Umwelt open pit, underground development, and crown pillar activities align and that there is sufficient tailings storage capacity in the Echo open pit, the company said.

B2Gold expects to ramp up to full production at the mine in the third quarter of 2025. It noted that the timeframe changes will not impact the total gold ounces it expects to produce over Goose’s mine operating life. 

The Vancouver-based miner anticipates average yearly gold production from 2026 to 2030 will increase to more than 310,000 oz.

In the first three months of 2024, B2Gold produced 225,716 oz. of gold, in line with projections and on track to meet annual guidance of between 860,000 and 940,000 oz.

B2Gold has budgeted about $65 million for exploration throughout its portfolio this year. That comes on top of significant capital expenditure for expanding the Mali-based Fekola operation and developing the Goose project.

The Vancouver-based company is also exploring the smaller-scale Gramalote project in Colombia.

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