The International Steam Pages
Lebong Tandai Gold Deposit, Indonesia, 1991
This account by Alan Goode - who also provided the pictures - should be read along with the earlier article by Gerard de Graaf. Two extra pictures at the end were added on 26th October 2012. See also Gerard's 2016 update.
In 1991, the Lebong Tandai mine was owned by PT Lusang Mining, controlled by Dr Jusuf Merukh, who was also a partner of Aberfoyle Resources Ltd in exploration of the surrounding large Contract of Work held by PT Ketaun Mining. The surrounding CoW included two past gold mines of the Dutch era, the major Lebong Donok deposit and the smaller Lebong Sulit deposit, both on the same major structure as Lebong Tandai. These were all epithermal in nature, although Tandai was somewhat different in style to Donok and Sulit. All deposits were epithermal and high grade (approximately 0.5 oz/tonne Au) in nature, with the two larger mines producing over 1 million ounces each, mostly during the Dutch era.
The visit was made by Rod Jones and Alan Goode (Aberfoyle Resources) accompanied by consultant Dick Henley in March 1991, all guests of Dr Merukh. At the time, Alan Goode from Melbourne was President Director of PT Ketaun Mining, with Rod Jones the Exploration Manager based in Jakarta. Dick Henley consulted to Aberfoyle on its exploration in Sumatra.
Apart from the interesting aspects of the mine and associated “village” itself, one of the very unusual aspects of the trip were the modes of travel in getting to this very remote mine in the Sumatran jungle.
Transport to the mine