Developing a property offshore: The Omai Gold Mines story

Abstract
Omai Gold Mines Ltd. is the operator of a large-scale open pit gold mining operation located in Guyana, South America. Construction at the mine began in September 1991 and the process plant of a capacity of 12 000 tonnes per day reached commercial production in January 1993.
The remote location of the mine requires an extensive logistics support to ensure adequate material supplies. Over 60% of the consumables valued at US$35.0 million per year are supplied from North America.
One particular challenge has been the shortage of a skilled workforce in the country. An elaborate training program was put in place from the beginning to improve the skills level of the seven hundred national employees. One hundred expatriate employees, mostly Canadians are currently employed at the mine on training, and supervisory and management functions.
The operation produced 207 000 ounces of gold in 1993 and should recover in excess of 270 000 ounces in 1994, becoming one of the largest gold mines in South America and quadrupling Guyana's annual gold production
Keywords: Omai Gold Mines Limited, Gold mining, Mill design, Open pit mining.
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): Leo Piciacchia, John MacNeil, Robert Cameron, Colin Ashton
Keywords: Open pit mining, Dam construction, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Issue: 993
Volume: 88
Year: 1995
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): Zhongxue Li
Keywords: Open pit mining, Haulage, Modelling, Bench height, High bench.
Issue: 993
Volume: 88
Year: 1995
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): C.A. Pickles, J.M. Toguri, R.A. Bergman, J. Clark, H. Truong
Keywords: Metallurgy, Miller chlorides, Pyrometallurgy, Metal recovery processes
Issue: 993
Volume: 88
Year: 1995
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): Guocheng Pan
Keywords: Reserve estimation, Kriging, Variogram modeling, Search architecture, Smearing.
Issue: 993
Volume: 88
Year: 1995
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Summary: With the implementation of more advanced monitoring, control and locating systems in surface mines, there is an ever increasing need for their mine-wide integration toward achieving over-all optimization. AQUILA Mining Systems Ltd. is developing the basis for a comprehensive real-time monitoring, control and information system called the Total Mining System or TMS. This system is being designed to address both current and future needs of open pit mines toward improving productivity and...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): Jonathan Peck, Jim Gray
Keywords: Automation, Open pit mining, Total Mining System.
Issue: 993
Volume: 88
Year: 1995
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