The Info List - TauTona

The TauTona Mine
TauTona Mine
or Western Deep No.3 Shaft,[1] is a gold mine in South Africa. At approximately 3.9 kilometers (2.4 mi) deep, it is home to the world's deepest mining operations, rivalled only by the Mponeng
gold mine.[2] The mine is one of the three Western Deep Levels mines of the West Wits gold field west of Johannesburg. The mine is near the town of Carletonville. TauTona neighbours the Mponeng
and Savuka mines, and TauTona and Savuka share processing facilities. All three are owned by AngloGold Ashanti. The mine was built by the Anglo American Corporation
and its 2 km (1.2 mi) deep main shaft was sunk in 1957. The name TauTona means "great lion" in the Setswana language. The mine began operation in 1962. It is one of the most efficient mines in South Africa
South Africa
and remains in continuous operation even during periods when the price of gold is low. Since its construction, two secondary shafts have been added bringing the mine to its current depth. The mine has some 800 km (500 mi) of tunnels and employs around 5,600 miners. The mine is a dangerous place to work, with an average of five miners dying in accidents each year. The mine is so deep that temperatures in the mine can rise to life-threatening levels. Air-conditioning equipment is used to cool the mine from 55 °C (131 °F) down to a more tolerable 28 °C (82 °F). The rock face temperature reaches 60 °C (140 °F). By 2008, the mine reached 3.9 km (2.4 mi) underground. This made it the deepest mine in the world, surpassing the 3.5 km (2.2 mi) deep East Rand Mine
East Rand Mine
by a considerable margin. This new shaft extended the depth from its previous 3.5 km (2.2 mi), with the intent of extending the mine's life to 2015.[3] The lift cage that transports the workers from the surface to the bottom travels at 16 metres per second (36 mph / 58 km/h) so together with traveling on horizontal trolleys the journey to the rock face can take up to 1 hour from the surface level.[4] The mine has been featured on the MegaStructures
television program produced by the National Geographic Channel. In the 2008 financial year, there were seven fatal accidents at AngloGold Ashanti's West Wits operations in which 14 miners died, four of those at the TauTona mine.[5] One fatality was recorded the next year.[6] Production[edit] Production figures of the recent past were:

Year Production Grade Cost per ounce

2003 [7] 646,000 ounces 12.09 g/t US$ 171

2004 [7] 568,000 ounces 10.88 g/t US$ 245

2005 [7] 502,000 ounces 9.62 g/t US$ 256

2006 [8] 474,000 ounces 10.18 g/t US$ 269

2007 [6] 409,000 ounces 9.67 g/t US$ 317

2008 [6] 314,000 ounces 8.66 g/t US$ 374

2009 [6] 218,000 ounces 7.29 g/t US$ 559

2010 [9] 259,000 ounces 7.01 g/t US$ 700

2011 [9] 244,000 ounces 7.55 g/t US$ 818

2012 [10] 189,000 ounces 7.63 g/t US$ 924

2013 [11] 235,000 ounces 7.34 g/t US$ 920

2014 [12] 232,000 ounces 8.21 g/t US$ 882

2015 [13] 209,000 ounces 8.46 g/t US$ 883


^ http://www.infomine.com/index/properties/TAUTONA_(WESTERN_DEEP_NO.3_SHAFT).html ^ http://www.911metallurgist.com/blog/top-10-deepest-mines-on-the-planet ^ "TauTona, Anglo Gold - Mining
Technology". SPG Media Group PLC. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  ^ http://chamberofmines.org.za/mine/down-the-mine-shaft ^ " AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website: South Africa
South Africa
country report 2008" (PDF). AngloGold Ashanti. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  ^ a b c d Annual Report 2009 AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website, accessed: 9 May 2010 ^ a b c Annual Report 2005 AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website, accessed: 11 July 2010 ^ Annual Report 2006 AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website, accessed: 11 July 2010 ^ a b Annual Report 2011 AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website, accessed: 30 dec '12 ^ Annual Report 2012 AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website, accessed: 11 nov '13 ^ Annual Report 2013 AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website, accessed: 24 mar '16 ^ Annual Report 2014 ^ Annual Report 2015

External links[edit]

AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold Ashanti
website Tau Tona mine (ZAF-00566) Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States website

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