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North Mara resumes production

A night shot of
Barrick’s North Mara
gold mine in Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — MININGREVIEW.COM — 17 December 2008 – Barrick Gold Corporation – the biggest gold mining company in the world – has announced the resumption of mining production at its North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Bloomberg News reports that the resumption announcement was made in an e-mail statement from Barrick spokesman Vincent Borg, after hundreds of people had invaded one of the mine pits – the Nyabirama pit – last Thursday, causing US$15 million (R155 million) of damage. The mine was shut down immediately.

“North Mara is now running as usual,” Borg confirmed.

Bloomberg News reports that as many as 400 people threw stones at security officers, attempted to steal ore and destroyed mining equipment, according to a statement from Barrick. After several hours of clashes with security personnel, riot police restored calm.

Gold output at North Mara – which is situated about 20km south of the Kenyan border – amounted to almost 237 000 oz in 2007. Barrick also owns the Tulawaka and Bulyanhulu gold mines in Tanzania, and is scheduled to open a fourth mine, known as Buzwagi, next year.