The Mesquite gold mining operation is located in Imperial County, California. New Gold acquired the mine in June 2009 as a result of a successful business combination with Western Goldfields Inc (‘WGI’). Prior to the business combination, WGI acquired the Mesquite Mine from Newmont Mining Corporation in 2003 and subsequently completed a positive feasibility study in 2006. WGI commenced commercial production at Mesquite in January 2008.
The Company became the owner of the Mesquite Mine in 2009 following the Western Goldfields Business Combination. The mine is operated by the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Western Mesquite Mines, Inc. (“WMMI”).
Currently, the major assets and facilities associated with the Mesquite Mine are:
Mineral resources and reserves in the Cholla, Big Chief, Rainbow, Vista, and North Big Chief deposits.
The physical plant site including heap leach pads, process plant, workshops, warehouses, administration buildings, and dry facilities.
Facilities providing basic infrastructure to the mine, including electric power, heat, water treatment and supply, and sewage treatment.
- Mine infrastructure including open pits, ramps, maintenance shops, and mobile equipment fleet.
The Mesquite Mine is an operating open pit mine. Mining is performed using a conventional truck/shovel open-pit mining method. Run-of-mine ore is hauled directly to the leach pad for processing.