Exploration
 
Development
 
Construction
 
Mining
 
Processing
Closure and Reclamation

Objective

  • Prospecting to discover and confirm mineral reserves

Process

  • Begin with geological surveys, geochemical sampling and other minimal-impact methods to locate and delineate ore deposits
  • Advance to core drilling to determine ore grade and geologic characteristics when initial surveys are promising
  • Begin collection of environmental and community baseline information

Responsibilities

  • Implement environmental controls to protect water sources, protected species and habitats, and minimize impacts on community stakeholders
  • Ensure partners (junior gold companies, exploration partners) and contractors adhere to Kinross standards
  • Establish transparent channels for dialogue with stakeholders
  • Initiate preliminary assessment of key community, environmental and human rights issues that may arise if a mine is developed

Objective

  • Design and receive approval for mine construction and operation

Process

  • Complete scoping, prefeasibility and feasibility studies
  • Complete engineering design of optimal mining method (open pit or underground) and mineral recovery process during project implementation
  • Obtain necessary permitting, construction and operating approvals
  • Obtain land and water rights

Responsibilities

  • Incorporate environmental and community considerations in facility design, and develop environmental, health and safety procedures for construction and operation
  • Complete collection of environmental and community baseline information
  • Complete assessment of key community, environmental and human rights issues and incorporate management strategies as needed into project design and Site Responsibility Plan (SRP)
  • Consult with stakeholders to ensure they understand the potential impacts of the project, and work to address stakeholder concerns. Secure broad community support through informed consultation
  • Assess availability of local workforce and services

Objective

  • Construct mining facilities, on time and on budget, in accordance with approvals, requirements and Kinross standards

Process

  • Establish skilled construction team to execute development plan
  • Construct mine and processing facilities and associated infrastructure, such as roads, power and water lines, and employee facilities

Responsibilities

  • Train employees and contractors in safety, health and environment practices, procedures and performance standards
  • Train management and security personnel in human rights
  • Maintain high environmental, health and safety (EHS) performance standards
  • Ensure advisory groups and grievance procedures are effective for ongoing transparent dialogue with the communities
  • Identify and implement local employment and purchasing opportunities
  • Develop plan for transition from construction to operation

Objective

  • Operate a safe, environmentally sound, socially responsible, profitable, and efficient mining and processing operation

Process

  • Drill and blast to access the ore
  • Transport ore for processing
  • Create stable, environmentally sound storage areas for waste rock

Responsibilities

  • Maintain best-in-class environmental, health and safety (EHS) performance by maintaining responsible operating procedures, training, monitoring performance, and continuous improvement
  • Provide rewarding career opportunities and competitive compensation and benefits to employees
  • Routinely assess risks and implement risk management measures
  • Continuously improve energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste minimization
  • Maintain ongoing open communication with local communities through SRP
  • Enhance benefit footprint in the community through SRP
  • Measure success of community outreach programs through ongoing consultation and periodic socio-economic studies and surveys
  • Concurrently reclaim disturbed land that is no longer needed for operations and regularly update closure plans

Objective

  • Operate a safe, environmentally sound, socially responsible, profitable, and efficient mining and processing operation

Process

  • Mill by crushing and grinding ore and separating metals from rock through flotation or gravity concentration, followed by tank leaching with diluted cyanide solution (milling) or
  • Place crushed ore on lined leach pad and dissolve gold with diluted cyanide solution (heap leach)
  • Chemically recover gold from solution through electrowinning or precipitation
  • Smelt precipitate and produce gold doré bars for shipping to a refinery
  • Create robust, environmentally sound long-term repositories for residue from ore processing in the tailings area

Responsibilities

  • Maintain best-in-class EHS performance by maintaining responsible operating procedures, training, monitoring performance and continuous improvement
  • Provide rewarding career opportunities and competitive compensation and benefits to employees
  • Routinely assess risks and implement risk management measures
  • Ensure compliance with International Cyanide Management Code
  • Continuously improve energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste minimization
  • Maintain ongoing open communication with local communities through SRP
  • Enhance benefit footprint in the community through SRP
  • Measure success of community outreach programs through periodic socio-economic studies and surveys
  • Regularly update closure plans

Objective

  • Close and reclaim mine facilities to achieve approved post-mining land use and maintain environmental quality
  • Satisfactory completion and termination of permit obligations

Process

  • Execute the approved closure and reclamation plan
  • Conduct environmental monitoring to ensure reclamation success and environmental protection

Responsibilities

  • Maintain best-in-class EHS performance
  • Assist workforce in transition to new employment opportunities
  • Engage with community and other stakeholders regarding closure plans and activities
  • Engage with community to identify measures to facilitate transition to post mining