Goldcorp, which owns a two-thirds stake in the project, has retained BMO Capital Markets, the sources said. Barrick, which owns the remainder, has separately engaged RBC Capital Markets to explore a possible sale of the high-cost mine.
Large gold miners like Barrick and Goldcorp are looking to shut down or sell some of their higher-cost assets and optimize their mine portfolios. Gold is down more than 20 percent this year to date. It was about $1,290 per ounce on Friday.
The mine produced just under 40,000 ounces of gold in the third quarter. In its quarterly report Goldcorp said the mine’s all-in sustaining costs were a steep $1,476 per ounce.
Bloomberg, earlier on Friday citing unnamed sources, reported that BMO is running the sale that is expected to fetch at least $200 million.
Goldcorp, Barrick, BMO and RBC declined to comment.
Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by David Gregorio