KCGM was fortunate because plans were available for the old Golden Mile underground operations.
KCGM believed after initial discussions with MDL Rock Lasers that a combined probe-drilling and void-mapping approach using the C-ALS could improve the management of mining through affected ground.
After initial discussions with MDL Rock Lasers, KCGM
firmly believed that a combined probe drilling and void mapping approach using MDL's underground laser cavity scanning system, C-ALS, would greatly improve the management of mining through affected ground.
At KCGM, Super Pit surface and underground drilling continued to return good results, including; Store Cutback (38m at 5.
2M of plant purchases by KCGM for owner-mining fleet which will be sold and leased back under an operating lease currently under negotiation.
Roche Bros has agreed to continue mining under contract until KCGM purchases its own fleet of mining equipment and gradually assume full management control.
Thompson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Homestake commented, "Converting the KCGM Super Pit to owner mining contributes to our goal of continuous cost improvement at all our mines.
As the new Executive General Manager, Gregory Lang will be responsible for the expanded Australian Operations Group which includes: Terry Stark, General Manager, Operations, John Turney, General Manager, Engineering and Development, Bob Allan, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager and John Shipp, General Manager, KCGM.
The Company now has full ownership and joint venture interest in five operating mines including 50% of the combined KCGM operation.
In response to recent ground movement at Mt Charlotte, KCGM commissioned a panel of rock mechanics experts from South Africa, Canada and Australia.
In order to offset the loss of ore from Mt Charlotte, KCGM will increase production from the Super Pit.