The Mt Todd mine site is located approximately 50 km north of Katherine and 250 km south of Darwin. The site covers a mine tenement of more than 140,000 ha, which includes both the Batman and Quigleys gold deposits.
The site was acquired by Vista Gold and its wholly owned subsidiary Vista Gold Australia in 2006.
Currently not in production, Vista Gold is working with the authorities to obtain the necessary permits for the mine prior to making a final investment decision on the project.
A favorable investment decision could lead to a two-year construction phase employing approximately 450 people with an ongoing workforce of 350 during operations.
Vista Gold announced estimated mineral resources for the Mt Todd Gold Project on May 29, 2013 in the Mt Todd Gold Project Preliminary Feasibility Study (Batman Deposit and Heap Leach Pad) and on February 26, 2014 (update for the Quigleys Deposit) as follows:
Mt Todd Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) Approval
In early 2018 the project was issued an approval for a "Controlled Action" (mining) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). This was a product of a number of studies and a comprehensive "Management and Mitigation Plan" outlining the commitments made by the project to ensure effects of mining (if any) are identified and minimised. Below are links to the approval documents and the associated plans that they refer to;
When there is sufficient flow in the Edith River we are able to release water via our automated pumping system. This is the continuation of the significant reduction of the water inventory held at Mt Todd. In the past two years we have released ~ 3.4GL of treated water. We are targeting the same annual volume again for the 2018 wet season (~2GL).
Water collection and storage is the biggest environmental issue facing the Mt Todd site.
Since the mine ceased operations in 2000, mine effected water has been collecting in the Tailings Storage facility (RP7) and the Waste Rock Dump Dam (RP1). As required this water has been pumped and stored in the Batman Pit (RP3).
Regardless of the when the mine goes ahead this water requires treatment and release from site as there is a net positive historical 1.5GL of water for Mt Todd Mine Site each year. Hence the need to release water each wet season. As at 25th May-17 we had 5GL less water on site today then we had three years ago. We still have a total of 11.7GL (6.7GL in Batman Mine void) at Mt Todd. The remaining capacity is 6.7GL across the site.
We have installed a sprinkler system that operates during the dry season that sees more water evaporated. This is great as it means less water to treat and release.
Pictured is the water release point taken 17th Jan 2017
2013 Batman Mine void 2017 Batman Mine void
The graph below is at the bottom of our website front page. We will update it periodically and is a good way to find out what we are doing
Community Feedback Number
(08) 8941 9108
Call the Mt Todd Community Feedback Line at 08 8941 9108 with any issues, comments or questions you may have – and we will listen.
You can also reach us through this website at http://www.mttodd.com.au/contact-us.html - simply click on “Contact Us” tab and select any one of the contacts listed or fill out the online comment form at the bottom of the page.