W2: Geometallurgy and Mineralogy for Mineral Processing

W2: Geometallurgy and Mineralogy for Mineral Processing

The ultimate goal of a mineral processing project is to recover as much of the valuables as possible from the ore being treated to achieve the best economics. Process selection and plant operation are the most important steps in achieving this goal. However, geological and mineralogical characteristics and parameters of an orebody such as grade, bulk mineralogy, metal deportment and ore hardness often vary vertically and laterally, and the variability has a direct impact on mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. It is important for mineral processors to understand the mineralogy and variability of the ore to be processed in the mill during flowsheet development and plant optimization.

With the aim of doing the right thing – using geometallurgy and mineralogy to pave your way to project success, this workshop will introduce the geometallurgy basics such as the definition, objective, approach and application of geometallurgy, and then focus on the characterisation of mineralogical issues encountered in processing various ores (mainly precious and base metals ores), and demonstrates how to develop the optimum flowsheet for a new ore and to optimize the process for an operating plant through geometallurgical and mineralogical studies. Case studies will be provided from a variety of processing options such as gravity separation, flotation, cyanidation and pre-oxidation. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their plant practices and processing problems.

This workshop is designed for process metallurgists and engineers working in process design, flowsheet development and plant operation, however, other staff from exploration, engineering, research and consulting companies can also gain benefit from attending.

Workshop Presenters:
Joe Zhou, Principal Consultant and Managing Director, Joe Zhou Mineralogy Ltd., Canada
Dr Jing Li, Manager of Mineralogy Department and Senior Mineralogist, Zijin Mining Group, China
Dr David A. Steele, Laboratory Manager, CARF, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

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1 September, 2018


8.30 am - 5.00 pm


Brisbane Convention Centre


AusIMM Member: $850 Non Member: $1000 Student: $500