Telfer is comprised of the Main Dome, West Dome open pits and underground mines and produces gold and copper via a large, dual train, comminution circuit followed by flotation and cyanide circuits, which produce gold doré and a copper-gold concentrate.
Gold-copper concentrates produced are trucked to Port Hedland and exported to various smelters, primarily in the Eastern Asia region.
Telfer’s near mine environment contains a number of exploration targets with the potential to deliver new growth with a number of other prospective gold and poly-metallic deposits in the area covered by Newcrest’s existing mining and exploration tenements.
Sustainability and community
Telfer creates economic value for Western Australia and local communities in a number of ways, including direct revenues from operations, employment, investments in public infrastructure and services, support of local and regional suppliers and a range of other indirect economic benefits.
In December 2015 Newcrest signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the traditional owners - the Martu people of the land surrounding the Telfer gold mine.
The agreement provides AU$18 million over five years for the benefit of Martu, followed by a revenue-based payment from mining in the agreement area. Newcrest is committed to providing practical support to improve the quality of life for Martu, including in the areas of training, employment and contracting, and logistical support. The Indigenous Land Use Agreement provides for ongoing heritage protection for areas of special significance.
Telfer’s environmental priorities include flora and fauna, land and water, air and noise, waste, rehabilitation, mine closure and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Plan.
A key environmental issue at Telfer is the management of cyanide which is used as part of the process for recovering gold in the processing plant.
Newcrest is a signatory to the International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport and use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold, and Telfer is certified under this Code.