Donlin Gold Project

Donlin Gold LLC has proposed a large, undeveloped, open pit, hardrock gold mine located approximately 10 miles north of Crooked Creek, Alaska, which is located on the shores of the Kuskokwim River, in southwest Alaska (277 miles west of Anchorage and 145 miles northeast of Bethel). The deposit is situated on Native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate).

In December 2007, Barrick and NovaGold formed Donlin Gold LLC, jointly owned on a 50/50 basis and is responsible for overseeing development of the proposed project.

Donlin Gold LLC preferred design for the project anticipates a throughput of approximately 59,000 tons per day. Donlin Gold's proposal to power the mine includes a 14 inch, 315 mile, natural gas pipeline that would start in Beluga, Alaska, pass through the Alaska Range, and continue on to the mine site where power would be produced from an onsite power plant. For further information on the pipeline please visit DNR's, State Pipeline Coordinator's Office (SPCO) website at

Donlin Gold LLC estimates that the project would take about 3 to 4 years to construct, with a projected mine life of approximately 27 ½ years, and is estimated to produce (on average) approximately one million ounces of gold per year.

On July 26th, 2012 Donlin Gold LLC, submitted a Section 404 permit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The submittal of the 404 permit triggered the development an Environmental Impact State (EIS) as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The State of Alaska is a cooperating agency during the review and development of the EIS. For further information on the 404 and NEPA process please visit

For More Information Contact

Jeff Bruno
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management & Permitting
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1430,
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 269-7476
Fax: (907) 269-5673