* Expects mine to produce 180,000 oz of gold per year
* To begin construction in early August
(All figures in U.S. dollars, unless noted)
TORONTO, July 2 Northgate Minerals Corp
NGX.TO said on Friday regulators will allow it to begin
construction and development of the Young-Davidson gold mine in
The Young-Davidson mine is expected to produce an average
of 180,000 ounces of gold per year, at a cash cost of $350 per
ounce over a 15-year mine life starting in 2012.
The company also completed additional drilling at the site
this year and results-to-date indicate a strong potential to
expand the current 2.8-million-ounce reserve.
Vancouver-based Northgate said construction of the main
process building for Young-Davidson is scheduled to begin in
Northgate, which acquired Young-Davidson in November 2005,
also has operations in western Canada and Australia.
(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Derek Caney)