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Lihir Gold Mine, Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea

Producer of



Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG)


Lihir Gold Ltd (100%)

Geology Type

Epithermal gold

Mineral Type

Volcanogenic refractory sulphides and weathered oxides

Reserve Base

23.6Moz (2007)

Annual Production

650,811oz Au (2006)

Mining Method

Open pit

Processing Method

Crushing, SAG and ball milling, sulphides flotation, pressure oxidation and cyanide leaching



Open Pit

O&K RH200 hydraulic excavators

Caterpillar 785B haul trucks


Warman centrifugal pumps

Laurel Engineering stacking conveyor system

Praxair oxygen plant

Prime Contractors

Mining - Thiess-Roche Lihir joint venture (1996-2000)

Plant - Davy Kinhill Fluor Daniel joint venture

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