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MEI Online: Hydrometallurgy: Latest News: August 13th 2012

 
 

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:: SX/EW in Heap Leaching Operations

 

In their paper at this year’s SME Annual Meeting, the University of Utah team commented that “with ever-increasing demand, low-grade complex ores and strict environmental regulations, metallurgical processing options have become limited. Heap leach technology provides several benefits to combat these issues including low cost, flexibility and diversified process conditions."

The paper provides an overview of heap leaching technology with specific emphasis on chemical aspects. Hence, influencing factors, advantages and disadvantages, testing approaches and some fundamentals are discussed. Finally, heap leach technology for different ore types (copper, nickel, uranium and gold) is briefly compared.

 

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