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WA gold mine reopens

Bellevue Gold has opened its $252 million Bellevue Gold Project, which sees the mine reopen after 20 years of inactivity

Bellevue Gold is planning on producing more than 1.8 million ounces of gold over an initial 10-year mine life. With a mineral resource of 3.1 million ounces at 9.9 grams per tonne, the company says the site will be one of Australia’s highest-grade gold mines.

The Western Australian government says the Bellevue Gold Project will create 230 jobs at the site located 35 kilometres north-west of Leinster.

Earliest production at the mine site dates back to the early 1900s, with operations restarting in 1986 before closing again in 1996 – a time when gold prices were historically low.

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“Congratulations to Bellevue Gold on the opening of its remarkable gold mining project, which will deliver economic benefits to the Eastern Goldfields and jobs for local communities,” WA mines and petroleum minister David Michael says.

Aiming to be a net-zero emission site by 2026 with the lowest greenhouse gas intensity of any major Australian gold project, Bellevue Gold says the company will market a green gold product.

“It is encouraging to see the Bellevue Gold Project aim for net zero emissions as Western Australia’s resources sector will play a key role in the state’s transition to a low carbon economy,” Michael says.

Wind and solar are expected to provide up to 80 per cent of the facility’s overall power need.

“With record sales of $18.6 billion in 2022–23, gold will continue to play a significant role in WA’s economic future,” he adds.

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