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Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water

Donlin Gold Project

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Project Description

Donlin Gold, LLC (Donlin) has proposed to develop an open pit, hardrock gold mine located approximately 10 miles north of Crooked Creek, Alaska in the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta area of southwest Alaska. The mine site is located on native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate). Donlin Gold, LLC is jointly owned by Barrick Gold US Inc. and NovaGold Resources Alaska, Inc.

Donlin estimates that the project will take 3 to 4 years to construct and have an active mine life of approximately 27 years. Key mine site facilities include the open pit, a waste rock facility, a mill plant, a tailings storage facility, a power plant, and water management structures including a wastewater treatment plant. It's estimated that the mine would produce approximately one million ounces of gold per year.

General cargo for the mine would be transported by marine barge to Bethel. Once there, the cargo would be loaded onto river barges for transport up the river to the project's proposed port facility at Jungjuk Creek. A proposed 30-mile all-season access road would be constructed to bring the cargo from the port to the mine site.

Donlin's proposal to power the mine includes a buried 14-inch diameter, 315-mile-long natural gas pipeline that would start near Beluga, Alaska, head northwest through the Alaska Range, and then continue westerly to the mine site. For further information about the pipeline please visit the State Pipeline Coordinator Services (SPCS) website.


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Financial Assurance

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Permits and Approvals

Annual Reports and Meetings

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Other Supporting Documents


Archive of older financial assurance, permits, approvals, annual reports, and other supporting documents


James Hyun
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
Phone: (907) 334-2185
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Mail to:
550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501

Visit at:
550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501

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