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Plutonic Gold Mine

Plutonic Gold Mine is located in Australia
Plutonic Gold Mine
Plutonic Gold Mine
Location in Australia
Location Peak Hill
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Production 144,000
Financial year 2009
Company Northern Star Resources
Website [1]
Year of acquisition 2014
ASX [2]

The Plutonic Gold Mine is a gold mine located 82 km east north east of Peak Hill, Western Australia.

It is operated by Northern Star Resources and located at the Plutonic Well Greenstone Belt. The mine was acquired by Northern Star Resources from the previous operator Barrick Gold in February 2014.[1][2] [3]


In 1988, Great Central Mines discovered the deposit which was to become Plutonic, which the company sold for A$50 million.[4]

The site was then owned by Plutonic Resources, a major Australian gold mining and exploration company.[5][6] Homestake Mining Company purchased Plutonic in April 1998 for more than $1.0 billion,[7] and, in turn, Homestake was acquired by Barrick Gold at the end of 2001.[8]

Barrick Gold announced the divestment of Plutonic Gold Mine to Northern Star Resources Ltd on 22 December 2013, for A$25 million.[9]


Production figures for the mine:
Year Gold
Grade Cost per ounce
2000 [10] 253,623 ounces 2.91 g/t A$197
2001 [10] 288,000 ounces 3.35 g/t A$313
2002 [11] 307,377 ounces 2.74 g/t US$ 184
2003 [12] 333,947 ounces US$193
2004 [12] 304,468 ounces US$223
2005 [13] 251,000 ounces 0.140 oz/t US$302
2006 [14] 237,000 ounces 0.141 oz/t US$363
2007 [15] 208,000 ounces 0.113 oz/t US$541
2008 [15] 127,000 ounces 0.115 oz/t US$873
2009 144,000 ounces US$652


  • The Australian Mines Handbook: 2003-2004 Edition, Louthean Media Pty Ltd, Editor: Ross Louthean
  • Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistics Digest 2008 Page 34: Principal Mineral and Petroleum Producers - Gold


  1. ^ Australia Pacific Barrick website, accessed: 4 January 2010
  2. ^ [3] accessed: 8th April 2014
  3. ^ Barrick Gold website Barrick Announces Agreement to Divest Plutonic Mine in Australia, accessed 5 January 2014
  4. ^ Chairman Argus has a little bet each way The Age, published: 8 February 2008, accessed: 11 February 2010
  5. ^ PLUTONIC RESOURCES LIMITED (PLU), accessed: 1 January 2010
  6. ^ Atlantic Gold NL website accessed: 1 January 2009
  7. ^ Homestake Mining Company - History accessed: 1 January 2009
  8. ^ MINEDEX website Plutonic search result, accessed: 5 January 2010
  9. ^ Barrick Gold website Barrick Announces Agreement to Divest Plutonic Mine in Australia, accessed 5 January 2014
  10. ^ a b The Australian Mines Handbook: 2003-2004 Edition, page 121
  11. ^ 2003 Fourth Quarter Report accessed: 1 January 2010
  12. ^ a b 2004 Fourth Quarter Report accessed: 1 January 2010
  13. ^ Fourth Quarter & Year-End Mine Statistics 2006 accessed: 1 January 2010
  14. ^ Fourth Quarter & Year-End Mine Statistics 2007 accessed: 1 January 2010
  15. ^ a b Fourth Quarter & Year-End Mine Statistics 2008 accessed: 1 January 2010

External links

  • MINEDEX website
  • Video of a fly by of the Plutonic Gold mine
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