Top-to-Bottom Design

The Round Mountain site is an open-pit mine located in Nevada, one of the best mining districts in the world. It uses conventional open-pit mining methods and processes ore by mill and heap leach.

Kinross Gold proposed needed a significant mine pit expansion to the west of the original Round Mountain mine. In order to accomplish this 1,200-foot pushback the mine’s existing infrastructure needed to be relocated, including a secondary crusher, wash bay, truck shop, warehouse, mine operations building, and fuel island. In addition, Kinross needed a new heap leach pad to accommodate ore generated from the new mine pit expansion. To maximize space and improve efficiency, Kinross also needed a new solution processing facility—a Vertical Carbon-in-Column plant (VCIC)—to support this new heap leach pad.

Using nearly all of Morrison-Maierle’s capabilities, the team provided detailed engineering for nearly all of the infrastructure and processing needs on this project.