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President and CEO Barrick Gold Corporation, Mark Bristow

Barrick Gold Corporation is reviewing a range of new exploration opportunities and re-evaluating its existing operations and projects in Chile, says the company’s new president and CEO Mark Bristow.

Speaking after a meeting with Minister of Mining Baldo Prokurica, Bristow said Barrick’s Chilean assets were an important part of its global portfolio and noted that the company has recently approved an investment to increase productivity at its jointly owned Zaldívar copper mine.

Over the past 10 years, Barrick has spent some $8 billion in Chile on exploration, development, royalties and taxes, wages, and payments to local suppliers.

In the country to review the company’s LATAM strategy with its executive team, he said the studies on the Norte Abierto copper and gold joint venture project were advancing, while the Alturas project was making good progress.

Alturas is located in a very prospective region, and Barrick is currently exploring for further discoveries there.

As far as Pascua-Lama was concerned, he said the focus was on resolving legal, environmental and other issues along with a technical review of the project parameters and future potential.

As part of this work, Barrick has conducted extensive geo-hydrological and geochemical studies for a water management plan through which the natural water flow path can be restored.

“Chile is an investor-friendly country, with a significant mineral endowment, and which encourages the development of mining projects. We believe there are exciting opportunities here, especially in the El Indio region, and we shall be pursuing this in line with our strategy of creating value for all our stakeholders, including the governments, and people, of our host countries,” Bristow said.

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On 1 January 2019 a new Barrick was born out of the merger between Barrick Gold Corporation and Randgold Resources. Shares in the new company trade on the NYSE (GOLD) and the TSX (ABX). The merger has created a sector-leading gold company which owns five of the industry’s Top 10 Tier One gold assets (Cortez and Goldstrike in Nevada, USA (100%); Kibali in DRC (45%); Loulo-Gounkoto in Mali (80%); and Pueblo Viejo in Dominican Republic (60%)) and two with the potential to become Tier One gold assets (Goldrush/Fourmile (100%) and Turquoise Ridge (75%), both in the USA). With mining operations and projects in 15 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Dominican Republic, Mali, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, USA, and Zambia, Barrick has the lowest total cash cost position among its senior gold peers and a diversified asset portfolio positioned for growth in many of the world’s most prolific gold districts.