International Shotcrete Project of the Year Using Barchip Synthetic Fiber Shotcrete Reinforcement


Winner of Shotcrete’s Outstanding International Shotcrete Project, Australia’s largest gold miner Newcrest embraces Barchip synthetic fiber concrete reinforcement.

Newcrest is Australia’s largest gold producer and one of the world’s top 10 gold mining companies by production, reserves and market capitalisation. Newcrest’s Cadia Valley Operatios comprise the large, low grade Cadia Hill open pit mine and the higher grade Ridgeway and Ridgeway Deeps underground mine.

Currently under development is the Cadia East Underground gold and copper mine. The Cadia East ore body is one of the world’s largest gold deposits, comprising a Mineral Resource of 2,347 Mt containing 33.2 Moz of gold and 6.59 Mt of copper. Along with a current Ore Reserve of 18.7 Moz of gold and 3.16 Mt of copper, it will underpin production from the Cadia Valley for at least the next 30 years.

Barchip has been supplying BarChip synthetic fiber reinforcement to Newcrest’s Cadia Valley operation since they first took their journey underground. The high durability and low cost application of BarChip structural fibers help ensure Newcrest stay in the lowest quartile of the global construction cost curve.

Congratulations to everyone at Newcrest on winning Shotcrete’s 2013 Outstanding International Shotcrete Project award.

Quick Facts

  • Will produce gold bullion and gold/copper concentrate
  • 30+ year design life
  • Development cost of A$1.91 billion
  • Or body up to 2.5 km long, 600 m wide and 1.9 km underground
  • Australia’s first underground panel cave mine
  • Will be the deepest panel cave mine in the world and Australia’s largest underground mine
  • Resources of 2,347 Mt, with 33.2 Moz of gold, 6.59 Mt of copper
  • Reserves of 18.7 Moz of gold and 3.16 Mt of copper
  • Planned processing capacity of 26 Mtpa
  • Total Cadia Valley operations will ramp up to 700 to 800 koz of gold and in excess of 100 kt of copper
  • Initially mining will extend from 500 m to approximately 1,450 m below the surface

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Cadia East Project – Shotcrete Winter 2014

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