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Resource Gold (Au) 

Exco Resources NL
Polymetals (White Dam) Pty Ltd
Polymetal Operations Pty Ltd

Status Operating: producing gold from heap leaching
Mining operation
  • Open pit mine, dump/heap leach, gold extraction plant and associated infrastructure
  • Expected to produce a total of 120,000 oz of gold at a rate of 50,000 oz per annum over the relatively short-life project
  • White Dam was officially opened 10 June 2010


Approximately 30 km northeast of Olary in South Australia and approximately 80 km west of Broken Hill, New South Wales

Tenement informationMining leases ML 6275 and ML 6395 and miscellaneous purpose licences MPL 95, 104, 105, 106, 107 and 139.

Download preset map showing White Dam gold project tenement via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit 
Resource estimates and production estimates Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics.
Approval process A mining lease was granted in September 2007 and a native title agreement is in place for the mining lease.
Current  documentsProgram for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

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For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact: Mining Regulation
Mineral Resources Division
Department for Energy and Mining
Phone: 8429 2583