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Buritica a triumph against great odds

On Friday October 23, Colombia president Ivan Duque helped inaugurate Zijin Continental Gold’s 282,000 ounce-a-year Buritica gold mine in Antioquia. A day of positivity and hope was more subdued than it perhaps should have been given COVID-19 social distancing measures, but was perhaps fitting given the abnormal trials and tribulations the project overcame to become Colombia’s biggest producing underground gold mine.

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Buritica in Antioquia is Colombia's first large-scale modern gold mine

Buritica today is an example of modernity and the power of investment with two 5m-by-5m tunnels driven into the orebody which is being exploited by a mechanised mining fleet, a far cry from the narrow