Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — MININGREVIEW.COM — 17 March 2010 – African Barrick Gold (ABG) “’ the African spin-off of leading international gold producer Barrick Gold Corporation “’ has suspended production at its Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania as it continues working to rescue miners trapped by a fall of ground.
In a statement released here, the company revealed that rescue workers had recovered the body of one miner late yesterday, and that two more were trapped 900m below ground in the mine, which is 55 km south of Lake Victoria, and has estimated reserves of more than 10 million ounces.
“Ongoing rescue efforts, include clearing by hand, using lifting equipment to remove the larger rocks, as well as remote loaders to help clear the debris,” said Barrick spokesman Teweli K. Teweli. “The rescue team was able to speak directly to the trapped miners through the broken rock.”
Barrick Gold Corporation announced last month that it was spinning off its African gold assets into a new London-listed company called African Barrick Gold. The company said the accident at Tanzania’s biggest underground gold mine happened in the early hours of yesterday.
The mine forecasts 2010 gold production of 260 000 ounces, at a total cash cost of $545 per ounce.