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Hot water management at PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals’ Toguraci Mine


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Author R Lawolo, J Isles, J Evert, A Valenza and S King


PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals (PT NHM) is an Indonesian joint venture company owned by a subsidiary of Newcrest Mining Limited (75 per cent) and PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) (25 per cent). PT NHM operates two underground gold mines, Kencana and Toguraci at the Gosowong mine site in North Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, Indonesia.

The Toguraci underground mine development commenced in 2011 with ore production commencing in 2012. Water temperatures ranging from 50°C to 80°C were encountered in the Toguraci open pit associated with the structures containing the gold bearing veins and are believed to be fed from a relic volcanic system one to two kilometres below the mine. Underground development and production has continued to intersect these structures with the result that an integrated programme of geological, hydrogeological modelling and operational project work has been required to dewater the mine ahead of the descending stoping fronts.

This paper will detail these programmes.


Lawolo, R, Isles, J, Evert, J, Valenza, A and King, S, 2017. Hot water management at PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals’ Toguraci Mine, in Proceedings 13th AusIMM Underground Operators’ Conference 2017, pp 191–198 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).