OceanaGold receives New Zealand’s Ok to buy land by Waihi mine
OceanaGold (ASX, TSX: OGC) has received New Zealand’s green light to acquire 180 hectares of farmland near its Waihi gold mine, on the country’s North Island.
The mid-tier gold producer’s petition had been previously denied. It said the property will be used to build new tailings ponds to storage waste from the extraction process at Waihi.
“We are very pleased with this decision as we seek to make further significant economic contributions to Waihi and surrounding communities,” president and chief executive, Mick Wilkes, said in the statement.
OceanaGold’s application to buy the land was denied in May by the Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). The miner resubmitted the request in August and the officials who evaluated it this time concluded the project would result in “substantial and identifiable benefit” to the country.
LINZ’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO) said the move protected about 340 full-time jobs and exports valued at almost $2 billion over nine years.
The Australian company had already been granted a permit to begin mining at an underground extension at the Martha open-pit mine. The project is estimated to host a measured and indicated resource of 140,000 gold ounces and an inferred resource of 339,000 ounces and will potentially add another ten years to the operation’s productive life.