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Exploration & Projects

Barrick Gold has a demonstrated track record of creating value through exploration and project development across our extensive land positions in many of the world’s most prolific mineral districts.


Successful exploration is the lifeline for any mining company, being to mining what research and development is to the pharmaceutical industry.

Both Barrick and Randgold were built on pioneering exploration success as well as significant reserve additions that followed key acquisitions.

Barrick’s strategy is to:

Consolidate and secure dominant land positions in its favoured operating districts and emerging new prospective geological domains.

Focus on economically feasible discoveries with potential Tier One status.

Collaborate closely with mineral resource management to optimize existing orebodies and mining operations.

Establish and develop motivated and highly agile discovery driven teams.

Optimize the value of undeveloped projects.

Identify emerging opportunities and secure them through earn-in or acquisition.

2022 Regional Exploration Triangle

Barrick’s exploration is managed using the resource triangle — an integrated business tool. Generative work ensures a constant supply of targets to the base of the triangle and a set of stringent filters, at progressive levels within the triangle, ensures the promotion of quality targets and the rejection of inferior ones, with economic deposits ultimately reaching the pinnacle of the triangle.

2022 Resource Triangle

Improving geology models

Barrick has active reconnaissance teams scouting for new Tier One opportunities in Canada, the Guiana Shield, and more recently in Japan and Tanzania. (We consider a Tier One gold asset to be a mine with a stated life in excess of 10 years, annual production of at least 500,000 ounces of gold and total cash costs per ounce over the mine life that are in the lower half of the industry cost curve.) Our teams conduct close surveillance of competitor activity to identify emerging new discoveries and projects where the full potential to yield a discovery has not yet been realized.

Mineral resource management model

The relationship and integration with the company’s unique mineral resource management (MRM) model as a core part of our operating culture introduces responsible and sustainable stewardship of valuable orebodies to optimize and deliver that value. Every site has an exploration and MRM lead who work together to ensure we update and improve our geological models and look to immediate opportunities to identify brownfields potential for resource and, ultimately, reserve additions.

Growth Projects

We have one of the deepest project pipelines in the gold industry, including brownfield projects near existing operations, greenfield exploration discoveries and some of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in the world, providing significant optionality and leverage to gold prices.

Greenfield Projects


  1. Estimated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Estimates are as of December 31, 2019, and presented on a attributable basis, unless otherwise noted. Complete mineral reserve and resource data, including tonnes, grades, and ounces, as well as the assumptions on which the mineral reserves for Barrick are reported (on an attributable basis), are set out on pages 36-44 of Barrick’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2019 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.