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  • General 2015-05-10
    Norilsk acquired the mine in June 2007, when it took over Lionore Mining. The owners conducted a feasibility study in 2001 and predicted a mine life of five years and a gold resource of 850,000 ounces, to be mined in an open-pit operation. The company moved the processing plant from Mount Todd to the mine and first gold production was achieved at the end of 2002. Shortly after the takeover, Norilsk announced that it would not continue mining at Thunderbox, instead preferring to concentrate on the company's nickel projects. The company does not plan to reopen the mine at this stage.

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