Lessons learned form geometallurgical investigations carried out on a nickel sulfide flotation plant

Newcombe, B. (2011). Lessons learned form geometallurgical investigations carried out on a nickel sulfide flotation plant. In: Simon Dominy, The First AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2011. Geomet 2011, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (139-150). 5-7 September 2011.

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Author Newcombe, B.
Title of paper Lessons learned form geometallurgical investigations carried out on a nickel sulfide flotation plant
Conference name Geomet 2011
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 5-7 September 2011
Proceedings title The First AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2011
Place of Publication Burwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522499
Editor Simon Dominy
Start page 139
End page 150
Total pages 12
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
From many years practical industrial experience the author has drawn together a list of the key points to consider when embarking on a large-scale geometallurgical project. Fundamental aspects which must he considered include (but are not limited to):
• understanding the variability of the orebody both laterally and with depth;
• comminution properties and variability;
• flotation properties, requirements and variability - differing ore zones may have substantially different requirements for optimal performance;
• the role of texture - the consequences of both grain size and distribution and how the circuit will handle these;
• realistic expectation in terms of the financial requirements and time frame results are required within; and
• integration of, and communication between key personnel within the various departments of the site (mining, geology and processing) is a fundamental aspect of any geometallurgically based processing system.
An example of a highly complex nickel sulfide ore will be used as the basis of discussion.
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