1. China – 426 tonnes
For many years China has been the top producing nation, accounting for 13% of global mine production. Production fell by 6% last year due to escalated efforts by the government to fight pollution and raise environmental awareness.
2. Australia – 295.1 tonnes
Although gold production increased 5 tonnes from the previous year in Australia, MinEx Consulting released a report detailing an expected drop between 2017 and 2057 unless the amount spent on exploration is doubled.
3. Russia – 270.7 tonnes
A massive 83% of European gold comes from Russia, which has been increasing its production every year since 2010. The nation increased output by 17 tonnes last year, even as the rubble appreciated 13%, which hurt producers with weaker revenue growth relative to the cost of production. The Russian government is the largest buyer of its gold which purchases around two-thirds of all gold produced locally.
4. United States – 230.0 tonnes
Gold output rose by 8 tonnes in the US last year, marking the fourth consecutive year of annual increases. Production was supported by project ramp-ups at the Long Canyon project in Nevada and the Haile project in South Carolina. Around 78% of American gold comes from Nevada alone.
5. Canada – 175.8 tonnes
Canada inched up two spots on the list in 2017, producing 10 more tonnes of gold than the previous year. Toronto-based Seabridge Gold stumbled upon a significant goldfield in northern British Colombia after a glacier retreated and is estimated to contain a whopping 780 metrics tonnes. This could be a source of increased output in the coming years.
6. Peru – 162.3 tonnes
Gold output fell for the second consecutive year in Peru, by 6 tonnes, largely due to crackdowns on illegal mining operations in the La Pampa region. Mining is a significant portion of Peru’s economy and the nation is also number three in the world for copper production.
7. Indonesia – 154.3 tonnes
Production in the archipelago nation fell by 11.7%, dropping to number seven on the list of top global producers. The Indonesian government introduced a tax amnesty programme that hoped to repatriate money from overseas, which led to production falling at new main sites as traders were reluctant to remain in the mining industry.
8. South Africa – 139.9 tonnes
Once the top gold-producer in the world by a wide margin, South Africa’s gold mines have been slowing every year since 2008, with the exception of 2013 when production rose by a few tonnes. The nation is still home to the world’s deepest gold mine, the Mponeng mine, extending 2.5 miles underground.
9. Mexico – 130.5 tonnes
Although production fell three tonnes from 2016 to 2017, Mexico remains a competitive gold source. Output has risen from just 50.8 tonnes in 2008 to over 130 tonnes last year, one of the largest increases in a nine year span. Mexico is an attractive place for mining due to a relatively low cost of regulation.
Penasquito, located northwest of Mexico City, produces gold, silver, lead and zinc.
10. Ghana – 101.7 tonnes
Ghana is Africa’s second largest producer of gold and is also known for its reserves of various industrial minerals. Bullion production rose 7 tonnes over the previous year and accounts for over 20% of the nation’s total exports.