Tau Tona (Great Lion) Gold Mine
Tau Tona is a gold mine in South Africa. At some 3.9 kilometers deep it is currently home to the world's deepest mining operations.
The mine is one of the three Western Deep Levels mines of the West Wits gold field west of Johannesburg. The mine is near the town of Carletonville. TauTona neighbours the Mponeng and Savuka mines, and TauTona and Savuka share processing facilities. All three are owned by AngloGold Ashanti.
By 2008, the mine reached some 3.9 km underground. This made it the deepest mine in the world, surpassing the 3,585 m deep East Rand Mine by a considerable margin. This new shaft extended the depth from its previous 3.6 km, and will extend the mine's life to 2015.
Wikipedia, Tau Tona
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company has 21 operations on 4 continents and a number of exploration programmes in both the established and new gold-producing regions of the world.
As at 31 December 2009, AngloGold Ashanti’s Ore Reserve totalled 71.4Moz and it employed 63,364 people, including contractors. Gold production for the year totalled
4.60Moz (2008: 4.98Moz), generating
$3.8bn in sales revenue. Capital
expenditure in 2009 was $1bn. Source: