Victoria Gold suspends Yukon operation over heap leach failure

Toronto-headquartered producer Victoria Gold (TSX:VGCX) has halted operations at its Eagle Gold Mine in Yukon following a heap leach pad failure.

The company says operations are temporarily suspended while the site operations team and management continue to assess the situation and gather information. 

Nobody was injured but Victoria Gold confirms that there has been some damage to infrastructure and a portion of the failure has left containment. 

A heap leach pad is a pond where mined ore is placed to extract gold, silver, copper or uranium via a leach solution.

The mine is part of the 555km2 Dublin Gulch property, which hosts resources of over 5 million ounces, including reserves of 2.3 million ounces of gold, within the Eagle and Olive deposits. 

The Eagle Mine produces gold doré from a conventional open pit operation with a three-stage crushing plant, in-valley heap leach and carbon-in-leach adsorption-desorption gold recovery plant.

Victoria Gold says it is the largest gold mine in Yukon history.

Write to Angela East at Mining.com.au 

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