World Gold 2007
Cairns, Australia - All-time high non-gold metal prices present opportunities for by- and co-products from gold operations to improve the feasibility of previously marginal operations.
The current ‘super-cycle’ in mining – spurred by voracious Chinese and Indian appetites for virtually all metals has created an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for mining and yet amidst the opportunities there are also some threats for the industry. Limited gold exploration success over the last 10 years, with little immediate prospect for revolutionary success, has resulted in a scarcity of new gold developments. Gold prices remain at high levels and exploration cycle disruption and voracious demand will likely continue to support these high gold prices. To maintain supply the industry is redeveloping brownfields and revisiting known ‘old’ (sub-marginal) deposits with lower precious metals content and often higher grinding costs.
All-time high non-gold metal prices present opportunities for by- and co-products from gold operations to improve the feasibility of previously marginal operations. The challenge for the industry is to ensure sustainability within these new opportunities – sustainability in all aspects, including environmental, technical, safety and community support.
These key issues will be reflected in World Gold 2007, as they will require greater focus for best practice in social, environmental, economic and technical sustainability of mining operations. World Gold 2007 is a collaboration of efforts between Australia, Canada and South Africa and befitting a conference of such diversity of interest, three workshops have been incorporated into the program, including Gold Geology (SEG),
Geostatistics (University of Adelaide) and a Gold Processing Workshop, creating a truly unique event.
Where better to hold such a premium conference than the sunny shores of Cairns, where in a relaxed environment delegates are encouraged to participate in the wealth of learning and networking opportunities.
We invite you to join this international contingent of delegates celebrating one of the most exciting and prospective periods for gold and to take advantage of more than 50 papers on themes that are designed to grasp opportunities presented by this current ‘super-cycle’ and manage the potential threats to our industry.
Miriam Way / Alison M McKenzie
Conferences and Events Department
The Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy
PO Box 660, Carlton South, Victoria, Australia 3053
Telephone: +61 3 9662 3166 Facsimile: +61 3 9662 3662
Email: [email protected]