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The presence of international experts marked the success of Hydroprocess 2014
The seminar brought together around 150 participants who took part in the 51 technical presentations by professionals from 18 countries.
The 6th International Seminar on Process Hydrometallurgy, Hydroprocess 2014, concluded with the important exchange of national and international experiences amongst delegates. The seminar took place at the Sheraton Miramar Hotel in Viña del Mar, Chile from July 23-25.
Hydroprocess brought together around 150 participants who took part in the 51 technical presentations by experts from 18 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Finland, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and USA.
Moreover, the seminar covered important themes such as base metals hydrometallurgical processes; hydrometallurgy of gold and silver: leaching, cyanidation and sorption processes; solvent extraction and ion-exchange; electrometallurgical processes; and modeling and optimizing of hydrometallurgical operations.
“What I can highlight the most about this seminar is the international nature of the program. Even the Organizing Committee included mining industry professionals and executives from different latitudes. That is a huge plus, as we are able to gain points of reference not solely at a local basis”, said Luis Sánchez, President, BHP Billiton Pampa Norte, Chile, who chaired the seminar.
The vice presidents who joined him on the committee were Geysa Pereira, Technical Manager, Hydrometallurgy, Vale, Brazil; Joe Pezo, Process Plant Manager, Mina Lagunas Norte, Barrick Gold Corporation, Peru; and Ricardo Benavides, Deputy Director, Center for Technological Research and Development, Industrias Peñoles, Mexico.
Articles presented by specialists allowed for the discussion of the newest developments in metallic and non-metallic hydrometallurgy processes and, at the same time, showed the relevance and need for innovation in order to keep hydrometallurgy as an efficient and clean technological option.
The next edition of Hydroprocess, in 2015, will change venues and take place in Antofagasta, Chile’s mining capital.
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