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:: P420D - Go for Gold

The AMIRA P420D Gold Project extends into continuous improvement in technology to assist in industry challenges. The inaugural sponsorsí meeting was recently held during World Gold 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This three year extension will see the Gold Processing Technology project pass its 25th anniversary, with the original P173 project having commenced in 1986.

The project builds on previous work undertaken on process modelling for gold plant optimisation (classification; gravity; flash flotation; leaching/adsorption), cyanide management, and the development of the Gold Knowledgebase. New initiatives include the development of a technology roadmap for difficult ores, and a study of the behaviour of minor metals such as selenium, cadmium, tellurium etc in CIP circuits.

Through this new extension companies are offered the opportunity to tap into a world class R&D project at a high leverage of sponsorship investment. For the first time, the project structure has allocated a significant proportion of the funds in the area of technology transfer. This area will incorporate both transfer of project outcomes to sponsors and more general training for sponsorsí technical staff.

The project is structured around four research themes: Capturing and Preserving Industry Knowledge; Predicting and Improving Ore Processing; Protecting the License to Operate and Processing Difficult Ores.

Operating sites nominated for study in the first year of the project include Cerro Vanguardia (Argentina), Cadia and St Ives (Australia) and Phoenix (USA).

Mr Bill Staunton continues as Project Manager, with the project coming under the auspices of the Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions. Project headquarters is at Curtin University of Technology. CSIRO will also be a research partner in the project.

The project is still open to sponsors who wish to take advantage of this collaborative research opportunity. Please contact Kriba Reddy (kriba.reddy@amirainternational.com) at AMIRA for further information.




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