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Phoenix surface operations

Phoenix, a tailings retreatment operation situated in Virginia in the Free State Province, makes use of the Saaiplaas plant to retreat tailings. During FY13, Harmony finalised an empowerment agreement and transferred 30% of its shareholding in the Phoenix operations to black economic empowerment owners.

Performance FY16

Operational success depends on maintaining plant efficiency and reducing pump and pipe failures. Grade variability and the theft of pipelines and electrical cables are the main risks being managed at Phoenix. Security has been increased in an effort to halt the endemic theft of piping and cables that can affect the integrity of operations.

More detailed information on safety performance can be found in the Integrated annual report.

Key statistics

    FY16 FY15 FY14
Number of employees        
– Permanent   82 83 83
– Contractors   296 312 293
Total   378 395 376
Operational        
Volumes milled (000t) (metric) 6 465 6 245 6 073
  (000t) (imperial) 7 129 6 887 6 697
Gold produced (kg) 804 867 835
  (oz) 25 849 27 875 26 846
Gold sold (kg) 788 881 825
  (oz) 25 335 28 324 26 524
Grade (g/t) 0.12 0.14 0.14
  (oz/t) 0.004 0.004 0.004
Productivity (g/TEC) 177.72 185.73 201.11
Financial        
Revenue (Rm) 429 396 357
  (US$m) 30 35 35
Average gold price received (R/kg) 544 390 449 941 433 293
  (US$/oz) 1 168 1 223 1 302
Cash operating cost (Rm) 320 295 246
  (US$m) 22 26 24
Production profit/(loss) (Rm) 117 97 117
  (US$m) 8 8 11
Capital expenditure (Rm) 5 4 2
  (US$m)
Cash operating cost (R/kg) 398 122 339 896 294 408
  (US$/oz) 854 924 885
All-in sustaining cost (R/kg) 403 907 344 319 294 615
  (US$/oz) 866 936 885
Safety        
Number of fatalities   0 0 0
Lost-time injury frequency rate per million hours worked   2.06 0.00 0.00
Environment        
Electricity consumption (GWh) 40 41 67.5
Water consumption – primary activities (ML) 267 277 228
Greenhouse gas emissions (000t CO2e) 41 42 67.1
Intensity data per tonne treated        
– energy   0.006 0.007 0.011
– water   0.04 0.04 0.04
– greenhouse gas emissions   0.006 0.007 0.011
Number of reportable environmental incidents   0 0 0
Other salient features  
Status of operation Retreatment of tailings using spare processing capacity
Life of mine 14+ years
Compliance and certification New order mining right – December 2007
ISO 14001 certification is under consideration – interim focus is on compliance
ISO 9001

Mineral reserves as at 30 June 2016

  Proved reserves Probable reserves Total mineral reserves
Reserves (metric) Tonnes
(Mt)
Grade
(g/t)
Gold
(000kg)
Tonnes
(Mt)
Grade
(g/t)
Gold
(000kg)
Tonnes
(Mt)
Grade
(g/t)
Gold
(000kg)
  79.8 0.28 22 79.8 0.28 22
Reserves (imperial) Tons
(Mt)
Grade
(oz/t)
Gold
(000oz)
Tons
(Mt)
Grade
(oz/t)
Gold
(000oz)
Tons
(Mt)
Grade
(oz/t)
Gold
(000oz)
  88.0 0.008 712 88.0 0.008 712

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