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Global Gold Output To Rise During The Next Four Years - Fitch Solutions

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Global Gold Output To Rise During The Next Four Years — Fitch Solutions

(Kitco News) - Higher gold prices and healthier company fundamentals during the next four years will trigger an increase in gold production, according to Fitch Solutions.

“We forecast global gold production to increase from 104moz in 2018 to 115moz by 2022, averaging 2.6% annual growth,” the company said in a new report. “We expect gold prices to continue to head higher, averaging USD1,275/oz in 2018 and USD1,400/oz by 2022.”

A rise to the $1,400 an ounce level is a significant increase from the current price levels gold is trading at. At the time of writing, the December Comex gold futures were trading at $1,221.90, down 0.04% on the day, slightly pressured by a solid rebound in the U.S. stock market on Monday.

Fitch Solutions pointed out that Russia will lead the way in gold production growth due to rising domestic demand and the amount of new projects scheduled to come online during the next four years, the report said.

There are 14 projects slated to start production between 2018 and 2022, including the Polyus Gold's Natalka project.

The estimates for 2018 are that Russia’s gold output will climb 4%, up from 0.8% in 2017, Fitch Solutions noted.

“We expect Russian gold production growth to accelerate in 2018 as domestic demand for the precious metal is buoyed by the prospect of further western sanctions on state-banks, which will respond by increasing their reserves of gold,” the report said.

In Australia, gold output will rise an average of 3% annually from 10.1moz in 2018 to 13.0moz in 2027, according to the firm.

In the meantime, the U.S. gold production will remain largely unchanged, rising to 8.6moz by 2027 from this year’s 8.0moz, with Newmont’s Twin Creeks expansion project playing a significant role.

China will keep the spot of the world’s top gold ore producer, but its average annual growth rate will only be at 0.2%, Fitch Solutions added, citing falling ore grades and new environmental guidelines.

“This represents a notable slowdown compared to average annual growth of 5.5% over the previous 10-year period,” the report said.

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