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July 13, 2005

YANACOCHA GOLD MILL

July 13, 2005

PROJECT IS STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT TO


YANACOHA OPERATION

Project is economically attractive.


Ores are becoming more complex. Gold
Mill is an alternative process to treat these
materials.
Gold Mill Facility provides the base
facilities and skills for future complex ores
at Yanacocha.

July 13, 2005

RESOURCE SUMMARY FOR GOLD MILL


Total Tonnes
41.5 million tonnes
Average Ore Grade
Au 3.92 g/t

Ag 24.37 g/t

Contained Ounces
Au 5.2 Moz

Ag 32.5 Moz

Recoverable Ounces
Au 4.15 Moz
Ag 14.2 Moz
Deep Transition Reserves Ounces (Contained)
Au 980 Koz

July 13, 2005

PROCESS
A gglom eration
Prim ary Crusher
Stockpile

G rinding
circuit

Electrical
Substation
A rea

Leach Circuit
24 H rs

CounterCurrent
D ecantation (CCD )

Sulfidization,A cidification,
Recirculation & Thickening (SA RT)

A cidification,V olatilization,
Re-adsorption (A V R)

Video

July 13, 2005

GOLD MILL PROCESS FLOWSHEET


Dilution Water

Crushed Ore Stockpile


(11 hr Storage)

Crusher Feed Bin

Gypsum
Recycle

Lime &
Cyanide

Jaw
Crusher

Linear Trash
Screen
Cyclones

SAG & BALL


MILLING

PRE-LEACH
THICKENER
Flocculant

Feeder & Vibrating


Grizzly

Stockpile Feed Conveyor

EXISTING AT
AGGLOMERATOR

Mill Feed Conveyor

CRUSHED ORE STOCKPILE

Ball Mill
(11.5MW)

SAG Mill (625tph)

PRIMARY CRUSHER
(Existing)

Sump & Pumps

Pre-Leach
Thickener

Process Water Tank

GOLD LEACH

Flocculant

Lime &
Cyanide

Flocculant

CCD CIRCUIT
5 Stages

CCD Wash Solution


(LQ Barren)

Tailings Disposal at
La Quinua Leach Pad

Leach Circuit
(6 Tanks @ 24 hrs)
NaHS &
H2SO4

SART

Flocculant

Flocculant

Precip Thickener

Precip Filter and


Bagging Plant

NaOH

Lime
Barren Solution
To CCD Wash

CONCENTRATE SALES

AVR CIRCUIT

SART CIRCUIT

Gypsum
Thickener

SART Neutralization
Tanks (4 Stages)

Gypsum Recycle
To Mill
Barren Solution
To Leach Pad

CARBON COLUMNS
Stripping Columns
(5 Installed)
H2SO4

Recovered NaCN
To Mill Circuit
Adsorption Columns
(5 Installed)
Stripped Solution Tank

Carbon Treatment
At La Quinua

Barren
Solution
Carbon
Return

La Quinua Carbon
Adsorption Circuit

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CRUSHING
Use existing agglomeration Crusher
1500 TPH
~9.5 h/d operation
Feed Stockpile
~11 hours live capacity in stockpile
Consumables
Power and Steel liners

July 13, 2005

MILLING
New SAG and Ball Mill
D-26 Krebbs Hydrocyclones
Classify ground ore (80% -75 m)

Consumables
Power, steel balls, mill liners

July 13, 2005

PRE-LEACH THICKENING
Objective
Recover process water for grinding circuit
Thicken pulp for subsequent leaching to
optimize leach residence time

Consumables
Flocculent, anti-scalent, and power

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GOLD LEACH
Slurry is mixed in large agitated tanks
with the objectives:
Leach gold and silver from ore copper is
leached as a by-product

Consumables
Power, cyanide, lime, low pressure air

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CCD THICKENING AND WASHING


Purpose
Solids/liquid separation to produce metal/cyanide rich
solution for recovery of gold, silver, copper and
cyanide
Solids routed to mill sands

5 Stages of Thickeners- 28 30 meters


diameter
Approx 600 m3/h of wash solution 1.2:1 was
ratio for >99% solute recovery
Final thickener is also a high density mill sands
thickener deeper cone

July 13, 2005

SART SOLUTION TREATMENT


Sulfidization, Acidification, Recycle, and
Thickening.
1st CCD thickener overflow is treated in a
SART process to remove Cu and Ag
Precipitation of (WAD) metal cyanide
complexes Ag, Cu, Zn
Cu and Ag sulfides sold as a concentrate
Neutralization with lime for gypsum removal
Au recovery via 7 stage CIC

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SART SOLUTION TREATMENT

Batu Hijau Copper Sulfide


Precipitation Filter Press

Copper Sulfide product

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CARBON ELUTION / REGENERATION


Will be performed in existing plants at La Quinua
Final Au recovery in existing Merrill Crowe
plant/refinery at Yanacocha Norte
Objective
Acid wash carbonate and organic material from
carbon
Concentrate gold from carbon to an enriched solution
Regenerate carbon activity
Return sized barren carbon to leach circuit

Consumables
Carbon, power, caustic, cyanide, anti-scalent, diesel
fuel, hydrochloric acid

July 13, 2005

AVR CYANIDE RECOVERY


Acidification, Volatilization, and Recovery
Excess cyanide used in the mill will be
recovered and reused in the mill to maintain
cyanide balance
Only in years where transition ores containing
high copper values are treated
Solution contacted with air in packed bed towers
HCN is stripped from the solution to the gas phase
Recycled cyanide is returned to the mill.

July 13, 2005

NEW REAGENT FACILITIES


Cyanide
Lime
Caustic Soda
Carbon
Flocculant
Diesel Fuel
Anti-Scalent
Sulfuric Acid

July 13, 2005

MILL SANDS DISPOSAL


High compression thickened mill sands.
Dispose mill sands on the south section of the
LQ pad.
Mill sands disposal area has same foundation
preparation and liner system as La Quinua
heap leach.
Heap leach and mill sands drainage systems
are continuous.
Continuos monitoring program.

July 13, 2005

MILL SANDS CROSS SECTION


LA QUINUA PAD

July 13, 2005

PROJECT MILESTONE DATES


Submit AFE

March 2005

Start EIS Workshops

March 2005

Submit EIS

January 2006

Start Detail Engineering Plant.

November 2005

Start Bulk Earthworks Const.

August 2006

EIS Approval

January 2007

Start Mechanical/Elect. Const.

March 2007

Mechanically complete

November 2007

Startup Plant

January 2008

July 13, 2005

IMPORTANT RISKS
Manageable Risks
Expenditure schedule controlled by social
acceptance/permit progress.

Other Risks Considered


Political (Elections).
Social acceptance.
Metal prices.
Reagents & Consumable prices.
Escalation.

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