Australia Pacific Regional Business Unit
Australia Pacific produced 0.45 million ounces at all-in sustaining and total cash costs of $1,096 per ounce and $785 per ounce, respectively. Porgera, the region's largest contributor, produced 0.12 million ounces at total cash costs of $934 per ounce, reflecting the processing of lower cost stockpiles.
We continue to expect full year 2013 production for Australia Pacific to be 1.70-1.85 million ounces at all-in sustaining and total cash costs of $1,200-$1,300 per ounce and $880-$950 per ounce, respectively.
African Barrick Gold plc
First quarter attributable production from African Barrick Gold was 0.11 million ounces at all-in sustaining and total cash costs of $1,561 per ounce and $931 per ounce. We continue to expect Barrick's share of 2013 production from African Barrick Gold to be 0.40-0.45 million ounces at all-in sustaining and total cash costs of $1,550-$1,600 per ounce and $925-$975 per ounce, respectively.
Global Copper Business Unit
Copper production was 127 million pounds at C1 cash costs of $2.46 per pound and C3 fully allocated costs of $3.00 per pound. Lumwana produced 57 million pounds at C1 cash costs of $3.41 per pound and Zaldivar produced 70 million pounds at C1 cash costs of $1.54 per pound. We continue to expect 2013 copper production to be 480-540 million pounds at C1 cash costs of $2.10-$2.30 per pound and C3 fully allocated costs at $2.60-$2.85 per pound.
Utilizing option collar hedging strategies, the company has protected the downside on approximately half of our remaining 2013 copper production at an average floor price of $3.50 per pound and can participate on the same amount up to an average price of $4.25 per pound(3).
PASCUA-LAMA PROJECT UPDATE
Pascua-Lama is one of the world's largest gold and silver resources with nearly 18 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves(4), 676 million ounces of silver contained within the gold reserves(4), and an expected mine life of 25 years. It is expected to produce an average of 800,000-850,000 ounces of gold and 35 million ounces of silver in its first full five years of operation at all-in sustaining and total cash costs of $50-$200 per ounce(5) and negative $150 to $0 per ounce, respectively.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, pre-stripping activities in Chile were halted to address increased dust in the open pit area following stronger than normal winds. The project has since strengthened dust mitigation and control measures. Regulatory restrictions have also been placed on the project due to the need to repair and improve certain aspects of the water management system in Chile. Completion of measures to address these aspects is targeted for first quarter 2014.
On April 9, 2013, the Copiapo Court of Appeals in Chile granted a request for a preliminary injunction to suspend construction activities on the Chilean side of the project pending a hearing on a constitutional rights action filed in September of 2012. The action alleges noncompliance with the environmental requirements of the project's Chilean environmental approval. Upon confirming the court order, Barrick took immediate steps to suspend construction activities in Chile, which includes work on the primary crusher and the Chilean side of the tunnel that conveys ore from Chile to Argentina. Activities determined to be necessary for environmental protection are expected to continue, upon appropriate authorization as contemplated by the Court. Construction in Argentina, where the majority of Pascua-Lama's critical infrastructure is located, including the process plant and tailings storage facility, has not been affected. Until we have clarity on the regulatory and legal aspects, we are unable to fully assess the impact on the capital budget, operating costs and schedule of the project. The company is at an early stage of evaluating an alternative development plan that involves accelerating the development of another smaller pit in Argentina in order to provide a source of ore for initial production. This alternative could provide ore for about six months of production during commissioning and ramp up, following which the mine plan would be dependent on a continuous supply of Chilean ore. Therefore, if resumption of construction activities in Chile, including the pre-stripping, is delayed beyond late 2013, or if such development alternative is determined not to be feasible, there could be a significant change to the mine plan and an impact on the capital cost and production schedule of the project. The company will continue to evaluate all alternatives, in light of the uncertainties associated with the legal and regulatory actions, and the current commodity price environment, including the possibility of suspending the project.
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