The rationale behind the creation of the AngloGold Ashanti Technology Innovation Consortium in 2010 was to establish a network of innovative and diverse thinkers within an open innovation forum. The consortium has its primary objective, the formulation of a roadmap to provide a solution to the challenges of safe and sustainable mining at depth. 

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  • Reef Boring

    The reef-boring technology is being developed to extract gold-bearing reef using mechanical boring techniques, with the aim of creating an explosive-free, and, therefore, continuous mining operation.

  • Reef Boring

    Hole 17 was of critical importance to the project as it was aimed at proving the technical viability of drilling holes skin-to-skin in order to ensure maximum orebody extraction.   

  • Reef Boring

    The intention is to “Safely Mine All the Gold…”

  • Reef Boring

    To date, 21 holes have been bored at the TauTona Mine Test  site.

  • Ultra High Strength Backfill

    The purpose of creating an UHSB product is to develop a solution to prevent rock mass closure at depth, which in turn reduces the need for regional stability pillars. In finding the solution to UHSB, this technology has the potential to increase future extraction ratios. The successful development of UHSB, together with the Reef Boring technology, creates the platform for a new mining paradigm.

  • Haulage Boring Machines

    The consortium is challenging long-held conventions related to underground mechanical development by pursuing high-speed mechanical tunnelling techniques. 

  • Reef Boring

    The next holes will be drilled skin to skin to validate the results obtained in the first test.

  • Reverse Circulation (RC) Drilling

    In order to enable mechanical reef boring, enhanced geological information, which is significantly greater and faster than current techniques are required. RC drilling is being developed to replace conventional geological drilling techniques.


AngloGold Ashanti, one of the world’s foremost gold exploration, mining and marketing companies, holds a portfolio of operations and projects on four continents, and has a worldwide exploration programme. We work across the full spectrum of the mining value chain and employ considerable expertise and resources to mitigate the impact of our activities on the environment, and to leave host...

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