Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) has reached commercial production at Long Canyon, a higher grade oxide mine in an emerging gold district located less than 100 miles from its existing Nevada operations. The Company declared commercial production based on sustaining plant availability of more than 85 percent, and achieving a minimum of 70 percent of modeled leach recovery. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule for an investment of just under $225 million, which is about $50 million or 18 percent below budget. The first phase of development is expected to produce between 100,000 and 150,000 ounces of gold per year over an eight year mine life at estimated costs applicable to sales of between $400 and $500 per ounce, and all-in sustaining cost of between $500 and $600 per ounce 1. The project was optimized by taking a phased development approach, relying on refurbished instead of new equipment, and building a leach facility rather than a mill. At current gold prices, the project is expected to generate a 26 percent rate of return with a payback period of just under four years. The operation includes a surface mine and heap leach pad which currently holds one million tons of ore at an average estimated grade of 1.13 grams of gold per ton. The project was funded through free cash flow and available cash balances, and leverages Newmont's existing infrastructure, expertise and strong stakeholder relationships in Nevada. "Long Canyon marks the fourth profitable new operation we've added to the portfolio in the last three years, including Merian in Suriname last month, Cripple Creek & Victor in Colorado last year, and Akyem in Ghana in late 2013," said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have completed these organic growth projects on or ahead of schedule and at or below budget; delivered a profitable expansion at Cripple Creek & Victor earlier this year; and are on track to complete value-adding expansions at Tanami by 2017 and at Carlin by 2018. These portfolio improvements set the stage for Newmont to continue generating superior free cash flow, which gives us the means to continue investing in profitable growth, retiring debt and returning cash to shareholders."