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MEI Online: Froth Flotation: Latest News: May 24th 2013


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:: The Jameson Cell - 25 Years of Floating


Like Xstrata Technology, the Jameson Cell celebrates its 25th year this year, after its first installation at Mount Isa, in 1988. Since then the cells have played a vital role in many flotation applications, including coal cleaning and base metal duties, with over 320 installations worldwide.

Le Huynh, Jameson Cell Manager at XT, said the technology was still attracting a high level of interest as operations were looking at ways to increase productivity with efficient, low-maintenance equipment. The growing interest has resulted in the growth of the Jameson Cell team. “The cell has made a lot of headway into new markets over the last 5 years, including potash, phosphate, graphite and other industrial minerals. This is in addition to growth in coal cleaning and a surge in interest in base metal prefloat and scalping, where the cell offers both low cost expansions of existing circuits, and the opportunity to make higher grade concentrates. Recent projects include Australia, Peru and Kazakhstan, and Canadian oil sands, - it’s been an extraordinary time, and we needed more experts to support our activities”

The new team members who have been recently welcomed to Jameson Cell technology include:

Rodrigo Araya

Rodrigo graduated from the Universidad Catolica del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile with a diploma in chemical engineering, and completed a MEng in Mineral Processing at McGill University in Canada. He has worked at McGill for their Mineral Processing Group as a researcher studying hydrodynamics of flotation machines, as well as working at Gibraltar Mines as a plant metallurgist.

Ishant Kohli

Ishant is a graduate from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (India) with degrees in Mineral Engineering and Material Technology. Prior to XT he was based in South Africa, working for an engineering company on a variety of mineral processing projects in South Africa, Mozambique and India. His experience also includes research at the Centre of Multiphase Processes, University of Newcastle, under the supervision of Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson - a great introduction to Jameson Cells!

Dave Osborne

Dave is a qualified mining engineer graduating from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with a PhD in tailings retreatment and over 40 years industrial and research experience. He is an expert in coal processing as well as minerals including iron ore. His vast experience in operating, management, R&D, and projects management spans numerous companies and countries. At last count Dave has visited over 100 coal operations, numerous iron operations, steel works and power plants and been part of 30 new coal projects !




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