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Status: Production
Location: West of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada,
10 km west of Kamloops, 350 km northeast of Vancouver
Ownership: 100% New Gold
Reserves1: Gold 1.0 million ounces
Silver 2.8 million ounces
Copper 802 million pounds
Resources2: Gold 1.1 million ounces
Silver 3.8 million ounces
Copper 933 million pounds

1 Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves as of December 31, 2019
2 Measured and Indicated Resources are exclusive of Mineral Reserves (Excludes Inferred Resources) as of December 31, 2019

See Mineral Reserves and Resources Summary as of December 31, 2019 for additional details including a breakdown by category.

Annual Production:
New Afton 2018 2019
(thousand ounces)
77 69
(million pounds)
85 79
Map of New Afton location and backhoe

New Afton Block Caving Video

New Afton Block Caving

The mine is designed to process 11,000 tpd (4 Mtpa) of ore at full capacity, recovering copper, gold, and silver. The mill processes a blend of primary, transition and supergene ores using conventional crushing, grinding, and concentration processes. Mineral separation is by gravity concentration and differential flotation. A regrinding stage is included in the flotation circuit. Life-of-mine recoveries are expected to total 88 per cent copper, 87 per cent gold and 75 per cent silver.

Site History

New Afton began production in June 2012 with commercial production following in July 2012. The underground operation is expected to produce, on average, 85,000 ounces of gold and 75 million pounds of copper per year over its mine life.

The mine occupies the site of the historic Afton Mine and includes an open pit, underground workings, historic support facilities, a new concentrator and recently constructed tailings facility. The New Afton deposit extends to the southwest from immediately beneath the Afton Mine open pit.

New Gold’s holdings in the area comprise the Afton Group and the Ajax Group. The New Afton deposit lies within the Afton Group. The Afton Group consists of 61 mineral claims included in a mining lease issued by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources on November 29, 2006 (the “Afton Mining Lease”). The total area of the Afton Mining Lease and all other claims is 12,450.4 hectares.

Geology, Exploration, Technical Reports

New Afton - Geology, Exploration, & Technical Reports

Geology & Mineralization

Regional Geologic Setting

The New Afton deposit comprises part of a larger copper-gold porphyry district situated within the prolific Quesnel Trough island-arc terrane, host to many of British Columbia’s major copper and gold districts. Pre-mineral country rocks consist of intermediate to mafic volcanic country rocks belonging to the Triassic Nicola Formation. Regional scale fault zones act as the principal controls to the emplacement of the batholithic rocks and related porphyry-style mineralization in the area. The bulk of the New Afton deposit occurs as a tabular, nearly vertical, southwest plunging body measuring at least 1.4 kilometres along strike by approximately 100 metres wide, with a down-plunge extent of over 1.5 kilometres. The deposit remains open to the west and at depth.

District Geologic Setting

Mineralization is characterized by copper sulphide veinlets and disseminations localized at brecciated margins between altered porphyry intrusives and Nicola volcanic country rocks. Copper occurs primarily as chalcopyrite and lesser bornite, with secondary chalcocite and native copper occurring in the upper nearer-surface parts of the deposit. Gold occurs as sub-micron grains associated with copper sulphides.

Since the commencement of commercial production in 1977, the New Afton mine has produced more than 800,000 ounces of gold and 850 million pounds of copper from both open pit and underground operations.

Exploration Potential

Since the start of the current underground block cave operation in July 2012, exploration at New Afton has focused on extending the mineral resource below the current B-Zone block cave reserve. This work has resulted in the development of the C-Zone mineral resource which is currently the focus of a feasibility study. The C-Zone resource remains open to further growth both laterally and down plunge to the west.

Block Cave Reserves & Mineral Resources – 3D View

Technical Report

Technical Report

Responsible Mining

New Gold is committed to responsible mining in all mining, processing and environmental work across our operations and facilities from exploration, to mining, to rehabilitation and closure. As an organization, we strive to reach the highest standards in employee health and safety, environmental protection and community development and engagement. We believe these are key drivers to achieving a productive and profitable business.

Our policies and practices are guided by principles found in the United Nations Global Compact of which we are signatories, and our operational standards are based on the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining Protocols.

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Community Relations

New Gold is committed to working closely with communities to make a positive contribution to the community and regions in which we live and work. We recognize that our growth and success depend on the long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability of each of the communities in which we operate.

New Afton’s Community Sponsorship Program reflects our corporate belief that communities should benefit from our operations in both the short and long-term. To that end, we invest in sustainable community development, going beyond traditional philanthropic donations, to support initiatives and projects that have a meaningful and long-lasting positive impact on the community and region in which we operate. To learn more about the program and how your community group might qualify, please click here.

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Address: 4050 W Trans-Canada Highway
Kamloops, BC Canada V1S 2A3
Telephone:  250 377-2100
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