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CEEC Mt.Isa Workshop
November 2018
Mt.Isa, Australia


Operational experience, emerging technologies and successful improvements were shared at CEEC’s mineral processing and innovation workshop in November at Mount Isa, the heart of one of Australia’s premier mining regions.

Almost 45 mining and METS representatives and industry researchers participated in the first regional workshop to be rolled out under the CEEC Advanced Energy Curves Project, funded through a partnership between the Queensland Government; METS Ignited, an Australian Government Industry Growth Centre; and CEEC.

Workshop participants rated the workshop as “excellent”, with outstanding and diverse speakers, a strong panel session, and new energy curves tools applied to real operational data. All were actively involved in group activities, applying energy curves to operational data, and sharing their site learnings and global insights. They took back to work practical tools and energy improvement ideas from a series of international case studies. Speakers and panellists shared their experiences of what companies are doing now, the latest installations and new advances being applied, and exciting emerging opportunities.

Participants acknowledged the high-calibre and diversity of speakers and panellists, the operational focus, open discussion about the mineral processing challenges and opportunities facing sites, and the excellent networking and sharing of ideas between participants.

CEEC Director and PETRA Data Science Technical Director Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic said the workshop attracted participants from local mines, such as Mount Isa, Capricorn Copper and Ernest Henry, and from Brisbane, interstate and global locations.

“A highlight for me was the group discussion resulting from the workshop activities run by CEEC energy curves mastermind Dr Grant Ballantyne. There was interesting discussion on the reasons for, and implications of, the efficiency advancements in grinding circuit operation,” she said.

CEEC Director and Ausenco Chief Technology Officer Greg Lane said the workshop was an excellent forum for a wide cross-section of the minerals processing community in Queensland.

Read the full report with photos at: www.ceecthefuture.org




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