Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) was established in 2019 and has posted an impressive performance in its first 12 months of operation delivering real value to all its stakeholders.
NGM is a joint venture operated by Barrick Gold and Newmont Corporation. In its first year of combined operation, NGM not only met the production and cost targets set out at the start of the joint venture, but did so despite the past few months of stress experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to chief executive and president Mark Bristow, this was a significant achievement, considering that the joint venture had required the integration of multiple assets, including three Tier One mines into a unified complex under a new leadership team. A Tier One Gold Asset is a mine with a stated life in excess of 10 years, annual production of at least 500 000 ounces of gold and total cash costs per ounce over the mine life that are in the lower half of the industry cost curve.
“The new team was drawn from both legacy companies. It started with a clean slate in a fit-for-purpose structure, integrating the two bodies of knowledge to produce new models and fresh opportunities, and introduced a strong geological focus to the operations. It was the strength of the team and the structure, incidentally, that enabled NGM to deal so quickly and effectively with the unprecedented threat posed by the pandemic,” Bristow said.
At the same time, the company has been working with the State of Nevada and its stakeholders to provide financial and logistical support to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on its employees, local communities and the State.
Bristow added that by removing the fences that had previously separated geologically connected assets, mines and projects that clearly belonged together could be combined into larger and more efficient operations, with substantial savings as an immediate benefit. “Even more important, this joint venture has created a platform from where we can see a bright new future for NGM as the leader of its industry in every respect: truly a case of the best assets and the best people delivering the best returns,” he concluded.