JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE, NASDAQ Dubai: GFI) today announced that attributable Group production for the December 2012 quarter (Q4 2012) is expected to be 753,000 gold equivalent ounces compared to 811,000 ounces in the September quarter (Q3 2012) and 883,000 ounces in the corresponding 2011 quarter (Q4 2011).
The international regions had an excellent quarter contributing 471,000 (Q3 2012 - 424,000 and Q4 2011 - 449,000) attributable gold equivalent ounces with all of the international operations achieving an improved performance quarter on quarter. In particular, the Tarkwa Gold mine recorded a strong improvement from the prior quarter with production of 187,800 ounces of gold (Q3 2012 - 169,400 ounces).
The South Africa Region, as expected, contributed lower production of approximately 282,000 ounces compared to 386,000 ounces in Q3 2012. The lower production was largely the result of approximately 110,000 ounces lost during the quarter (Q3 2012 - 35,000 ounces) due to the on-going impact of the prolonged and unprotected strikes at KDC and Beatrix, as referred to in the Q3 results published on 28 November 2012. In total 145,000 ounces are estimated to have been lost due to the strikes. Unit costs in the South Africa Region were negatively impacted by the lower production.
This quarter is the last time that Gold Fields will be reporting on the KDC and Beatrix Gold Mines. These mines are part of GFIMSA, which has been renamed Sibanye Gold and will be listed separately on 11 February 2013.Gold Fields will release full results for Q4 2012 on Thursday 14 February 2013. Notes to editors About Gold Fields Gold Fields is one of the world's largest unhedged producers of gold with attributable annualised production of 3.5 million gold equivalent ounces from eight operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa. Gold Fields also has an extensive and diverse global growth pipeline with four major projects in resource development and feasibility, with construction decisions expected in the next 18 to 24 months. Gold Fields has total attributable gold equivalent Mineral Reserves of 80.6 million ounces and Mineral Resources of 217 million ounces. Gold Fields is listed on the JSE Limited (primary listing), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ Dubai Limited, Euronext in Brussels (NYX) and the Swiss Exchange (SWX). SOURCE Gold Fields Limited
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