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Peñasquito

Peñasquito, a large-scale operation in northwest Mexico, is a major contributor to our revenue and a key part of our growth plans.

As of December 31, 2016
Contribution to
Total Production
Contribution to
Total Revenue
Gold Produced in 2016
(ounces)
465,000
All-in Sustaining Cost
(per ounce)
$937

All-in sustaining costs (“AISC”) include total production cash costs incurred at Goldcorp’s (the “Company”) mining operations, which forms the basis of the Company’s by-product cash costs. Additionally, the Company includes sustaining capital expenditures, corporate administrative expense, exploration and evaluation costs, and reclamation cost accretion and amortization. The measure seeks to reflect the full cost of gold production from current operations, therefore growth capital is excluded. Certain other cash expenditures, including tax payments, dividends and financing costs are also excluded.

AISC is a non-GAAP performance measures that the Company believes more fully defines the total costs associated with producing gold; however, this performance measure has no standardized meaning. Accordingly, it is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company reports this measure on a gold ounces sold basis. The Company’s all-in sustaining cost definition conforms to the guidance note released by the World Gold Council, which became effective January 1, 2014. The World Gold Council is a non-regulatory market development organization for the gold industry whose members comprise global senior gold mining companies.

Quick Facts
Location Mexico
Ownership 100%
Type of Mine Open pit
Processing Method Flotation and grinding. Cyanide certified
Milling/Processing Capacity 130,000 tonnes per day
Power Demand 147 megawatts
Number of Employees & Contractors 3,500
Production (guidance for 2017) 410,000 ounces
AISC (guidance for 2017) $825 per ounce
Gold Reserves (proven and probable) 9.89 million ounces (mill) + 130,000 ounces (heap leach)
Gold Resources (measured and indicated) 2.66 million ounces (mill) + 150,000 ounces (heap leach)
Gold Resources (inferred) 270,000 ounces (mill)

Peñasquito, located about 780 kilometres northwest of Mexico City, produces gold, silver, lead and zinc. There’s an airport on site, and a 1,900-bed camp with full dining, laundry and recreational facilities. The operation has an open pit mine, Peñasco, and two processing facilities. Ore is extracted using standard shovel mining techniques, and trucked to either:

  • a heap leach facility, which processes oxide ore and has an average gold recovery of 57%
  • a plant that processes sulphide ore using a high pressure grinding roll circuit and has an average gold recovery of 69%.

Peñasquito is an important part of our overall plans to increase production by 20% by 2021. It’s taking the following steps to increase production:

  • investing $420 million to improve its processing facilities. The Pyrite Leach Project will make processing higher carbon sulphide ore more efficient, and recover 40% of the gold that currently sits in the tailings as waste
  • developing a second open pit, Chile Colorado, to gain access to gold and other metals
  • mining higher gold grades in the Peñasco pit.

Exploration

Peñasquito is a breccia pipe deposit that developed from intrusion-related hydrothermal activity. Two diatreme pipes, Peñasco and Brecha Azul, are the principal hosts for the gold-silver-zinc-lead mineralization. Drilling to date has focused on exploring and delineating the Peñasco and Brecha Azul zones, and a third zone, the Colorado.

Peñasquito’s exploration program has the following goals:

  • generating and prioritizing targets in the district
  • vectoring for future exploration programs by completing a regional drill program to identify alteration halos below recent overburden, which covers a large portion of the property.

Read more about our exploration program

Communities

880
children tour Peñasquito every year as part of its Open Doors initiative

Every year hundreds of children descend on Peñasquito for a tour. They learn about mining, adopt a tree in the nursery and even get to wear a hardhat. It’s one of the ways we help our neighbours understand who we are and what we do.

Watch Peñasquito's Open Doors initiative
Read more about how we manage our stakeholder relationships

People

73%
of the workforce is from Zacatecas state

Peñasquito hires locally and supports local businesses wherever possible, even working closely with small-business owners to help them build their business. A local supplier makes all of Peñasquito’s uniforms, and is diversifying its client base to other parts of Mexico with Peñasquito’s help.

Read more about hiring from local communities

Safety & Health

50
members of the workforce are members of the mine rescue response or advance first aid teams

Rescue teams can be called upon to respond any emergency, even those that occur beyond the mine gate. Peñasquito’s team is actively involved in emergency response training and preparation in the community – not just on the mine site.

Read more about our approach to safety

Environment

3 million
plants are produced every year in Peñasquito’s nursery and used for reclamation work

Peñasquito has a Waste Comprehensive Plan, a Single Environmental License, an Annual Operation Certificate and a Management Plan for the Reproduction of the White-Tailed Deer as part of its compliance with Mexico’s National Environmental Audit Program.

Read more about how we manage our impact on the environment

Brian Berney
Mine General Manager

Peñasquito Contact

t: 52 (55) 5201-9600
e: info@goldcorp.com

Paseo de las palmas 425-15 Lomas de Chapultepec 11000 Mexico, D. F.

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