Lihir Gold Limited

Lihir Gold Limited

November 19, 2007 06:00 ET

No Injuries to Underground Miners at LGL's Ballarat Goldfields Mine

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2007) - Lihir Gold Ltd. (TSX:LGG)(ASX:LGL)(NASDAQ:LIHR) ("LGL") is pleased to report the safety of 27 underground miners at its Ballarat Goldfields gold mine in Ballarat, Victoria.

The miners were successfully evacuated, via a ventilation shaft, following a rock fall in an upper section of the access decline (tunnel).

The rock fall occurred at approximately 3.30am this morning at around 700 metres into the upper level decline from the entrance, blocking access into the mine. The fall was not in a mine working area and no injuries were sustained.

The Mine Rescue Procedures were immediately implemented and all miners made their way to the mine's safety refuge chambers to await evacuation.

The North Prince Extended ventilation shaft is one of two alternative means of exiting the mine and the 27 miners were then evacuated via this ventilation shaft using a mobile crane and kibble by 8.30am this morning.

The cause of the rock fall is yet to be assessed. Work at the operation will not resume until the company can be assured of the safety of its employees.

The impact on mine development will not be known until a full assessment of the area has been completed.

Contact Information

  • Lihir Gold Ltd.
    Joe Dowling
    GM Corporate Affairs
    Mobile: 0421 587 755
    Lihir Gold Ltd.
    (Toronto): Greg W Taylor
    (905) 337-7673