Brazil - Chapada | Brazil (100% Yamana-owned)
The Chapada open pit gold-copper mine, located northwest of Brasília in Goiás state, began production in 2007. It is a relatively low-cost operation and contributes significantly to Yamana’s favourable cost structure. Ore is treated in a flotation plant capable of treating 22 million tonnes annually. Optimizations including processing techniques, development of new ore bodies Corpo Sul and Suruca, and potential conribution from Arco Sul are being evaluated.
Recent exploration has resulted in new discoveries and continuing positive results at Corpo Sul, the southern extension of the Chapada deposit found in 2011. It is expected that the mine’s throughput can be enhanced by blending ore from the main Chapada pit with higher grade ore from Corpo Sul. As the size and scale of Corpo Sul increase, it will be evaluated as a stand-alone orebody. Production from the Suruca gold deposit, discovered six kilometres northeast of Chapada in 2009, is expected to begin in late 2014, and contribute an average of 45,000-50,000 ounces annually to Chapada’s operations for an initial five years. The Company’s strategic plan is to ensure sustainable production from Chapada of initially 130,000 ounces of gold up to 150,000 ounces of gold and 130.0 million pounds of copper.
|Copper (million lb.)
Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources (as at Dec. 31, 2012)
3.7 million oz. proven & probable + 2.3 million oz. measured & indicated
3.8 million oz measured & indicated
2.5 billion lb. proven & probable + 1.1 million lb. measured & indicated
Strategic Mine Life:
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for complete information relating to mineral reserves and mineral resources indicating tonnage and grade for the various mines and projects.