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:: G-Cell Pilot Tests at Koornfontein
Maelgwyn Mineral Services have been looking forward to carrying out high capacity R&D tests on the G-Cell centrifugal flotation design ever since their potash tests in Germany gave such encouraging results. The chance came when Ingwe MInes (BHP Billiton) offered their Koornfontein plant and facilities as a location. Maelgwyn MS and partners Particle Separation Systems (PSS) and JimHarrison Design Associates (JHDA) of South Africa manufactured and installed the G22 during November 2002 and tests commenced immediately.
The key objective was to to verify their scale-up predictions for hydraulic capacity. It became clear that the performance was sufficient to allow them to achieve production standards under appropriate conditions and throughputs. The benefits to a plant were clearly demonstrated by the exercise, including the simplicity of operation and the compact installation.
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