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Alacer Gold said yesterday it could not rule out further redundancies as it continues a strategic review of its Australian operations.

The American miner laid off 31 workers from its South Kalgoorlie operations, 15km south of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, last week. The move followed a decision to shut the Triumph open pit mine and defer the start of operations for the Mt Martin pit.

Alacer Gold president David Quinlivan said the review was continuing and should be completed by December.

The decision to sack 31 workers followed a similar move by Alacer in April to close its Jubilee open pit, which cost 34 contractors their jobs.

Alacer's Goldfields workforce now stands at 291 workers and 342 contractors.

It is unclear whether further redundancies are planned at Alacer's Higginsville operations, 152km south of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Alacer also holds a 49 per cent stake in the Frog's Leg mine, 20km west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, but does not have any employees at the La Mancha Resources-run mine.

Alacer's full-year production outlook is unlikely to change from a range of 385,000oz to 403,000oz, but next year's production will be affected.

The West Australian

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