Assessment of X ray tomography capability for the mineral suite present in Escondida ore
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BHP Billiton is a partner sponsor of the AMIRA P9P project and has proposed Escondida as the site for their P9P Case Study. A major focus of the Case Study approach in P9P is multi-component modelling for which ore texture characterisation using X-ray tomography is a key tool. As part of the preparation for the P9P Case Study for BHP Billiton’s Escondida operation, a sample of ore was submitted to JKMRC to determine the ability of X-ray tomography to discriminate between the minerals found in the Escondida mineral suite. The sample provided represents a typical ore from Escondida, containing the range of minerals expected to be encountered in ore being submitted for analysis in the P9P Case Study.