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Livengood Gold Prospect

Last Modified: 26th September 2013


The Livengood Project is located on a large gold resource located along the Trans Alaska Pipeline, about 70 miles north of Fairbanks. Talon Gold Alaska Inc. (a subsidiary of Canadian-based International Tower Hill Mines) is exploring the deposit, focusing on an outcropping called "Money Knob", estimated, as of August 2011, to contain up to 20.6 million ounces of gold.

Exploration and placer mining have taken place in this area since at the least the 1970's but the current deposit has only recently been examined in detail.  Because the deposit is located on the road system and near the power grid, commencing production is expected to be much easier than at remote deposits, such as the Donlin Creek prospect.  International Tower Hill had been contemplating both a traditional mill similar to the nearby Fort Knox gold mine, as well as a heap-leach only operation with lower capital costs.  However as of late 2011 they were focusing only on the larger "mill only" option.  This would require 70-80 MW of power.  The company has not yet determined whether they would draw power from GVEA in Fairbanks or generate the power onsite.  As of March 2012, discussions with GVEA were underway to run a 100 MW line from the existing grid.

The potential for acid mine drainage at this site has not been determined, but the mine would use cyanide for gold extraction.

Current Status

Exploration at the Livengood deposit is at an advanced stage, with a large drilling program having taken place during 2012.  In July 2013, International Tower Hill released the results of their prefeasibility study and the generally poor results suggest that the project is infeasible in the current market.  However, the company still hopes to move forward with the project.

2010Very large and extensive drill program consisting of 210 holes. Ongoing baseline studies, water quality studies, etc.
2011Extensive drill program of at least 92 holes focused on the primary deposits, as well as surveys and exploration of the rest of the property. In December 2011 the company purchased a large number of additional claims surrounding the property.
2012199-hole drilling program consisting of 15,731 meters as well as ongoing work on a feasibility study.
2013No active exploration but an ongoing $8.19 million work program.
2014No active exploration but $2.3 million of "ongoing evaluation" following the preliminary economic assessment released in 2013.

See also further details on this exploration or our interactive map of exploration in the state.

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