Coaster’s Club Top Video Posts
This week’s top posts from the Coaster’s Club
Our most popular posts this week include the Birchfield Grey River Gold Dredge and Bob Williamson, 20 years on the road with Aratuna Freighters.
Birchfield Grey River Gold Dredge
This is part two of an eight part series where Gold miner Allan Birchfield shows us around the Grey River Gold Dredge. It’s a first for me Coasters and at 3500 tons and 6 stories high, the dredge is just stunning.
The 3,500 tonne dredge was built pre-World War 2 and originally operated in Kaniere, but was moved to Ngahere where it’s been operating since 1987. It can dredge up to 800 cubic metres an hour and runs on electricity.
Birchfield has taken almost two tonnes of gold out of the river and estimates more than four tonnes are within the permit and consented area.
“We’ve taken two tonnes of gold out, and there’s more left than what we’ve taken,” says Allan. “We’ve done 250ha, but there’s as much ground left to do as we’ve done already.
It’s a big a job, the project has another 10 to 20 years to run.”
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