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Floating with Coal - Jameson Cell Users’ Conference
XT hosted the 3rd Jameson Cell Users’ Conference, specifically designed for the coal industry. It was held on the 23rd - 24th October 2013 in Emerald, Australia. The aim of the conference was to enable Users to meet and discuss flotation performance at their sites, including cell operation and maintenance, as well as provide feedback to XT. Over 70 delegates attended the event, from a wide range of users, support groups and researchers.
The two day conference had site presentations on the first day, including several from XT and culminated in a panel discussion, covering topics from flowsheet and fine coal circuit design, bottlenecks and measures taken by sites to de-bottleneck and improve flotation performance. All presentations were of a high standard.
The second day of the conference included a lecture given by Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, inventor of the Jameson Cell, discussing the fundamentals of the Jameson Cell and his experiences of its early development at Mt Isa Mines. Other talks of interest on the final day included Coal Petrography & its Relation to Coal Flotation (Graham O’Brien, CSIRO), Flotation Circuit Design - Engineering Company Perspective (Terry Wex, QCC Resources & Matt Perrin, A&B Mylec), Fines Circuit Dewatering (Goetz Bickert, GBL Process) as well as many others.
Le Huynh - Jameson Cell Manager at XT, said this type of applied conference was of great benefit to all parties attending. “It’s not often when you can get together the Users of a technology, suppliers of a technology, as well as key providers to the industry into a room and discuss objectively all the pro’s and cons of the technology. This sort of discussion ensures we all learn and take home something we can benefit from, and further advance the technology”
The CEO’S Jameson Cell Award for the best site presentation was awarded to Katerina Zorinyants of Anglo American’s Capcoal site. The award was presented to Katerina by Joe Pease, CEO of XT, at the conference dinner.
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