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Discovery of new ore bodies is an important element in Newcrest’s business strategy. Through exploration, Newcrest seeks to identify and secure large mineral districts, or provinces, in order to establish long term mining operations, while enhancing the potential for further discoveries.

Exploration at Newcrest comprises organic greenfields and brownfields exploration activities, augmented by identifying and securing exploration prospects at various stages of maturity through joint ventures with exploration juniors, together with targeted mergers and acquisitions activity. 

Newcrest has a strong track record of discovering major deposits over the past 15 years, including the discovery of deposits at Cadia Hill, Cadia East and Ridgeway (all part of Cadia Valley Operations or CVO, in New South Wales, Australia), the Gosowong deposits in Indonesia, O’Callaghans at Telfer (in Western Australia) and in more recent times the Golpu discovery in Papua New Guinea. Newcrest today has ongoing brownfield exploration programs in and around our operating mines (Cadia, Telfer, Lihir, Gosowong and Cote d'Ivoire) and advanced projects – Wafi Golpu and Namosi.  The company continues to search for and explore for new greenfields regions that have the potential to deliver the next generation of discoveries.

Newcrest is currently evaluating two major prospects with significant metal endowments at Wafi-Golpu in Papua New Guinea and Namosi in Fiji.

Newcrest has successfully secured interests in a number of emerging exploration prospects through joint ventures in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, New Zealand and Nicaragua.

Exploration success requires skilled and capable people supported by industry leading systems, processes and governance.  Newcrest has a strong exploration team with established experience in the successful discovery of porphyry and epithermal deposits.  These are well suited to Newcrest’s experience in bulk underground mining.