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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: May 9th 2011


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:: Owen Hegarty Accepts Role as Founding Patron for CEEC

The Board of Directors of CEEC International Ltd is pleased to announce that Owen Hegarty has accepted the role of founding Patron. “We are delighted that Mr Hegarty has agreed to assist in promoting CEEC and its mission. Owen is passionate about the mining industry and has the ability to convert complex technical and business ideas into simple messages. His alliance with CEEC International Ltd will assist us in connecting at the most senior and influential levels of the mining industry” says Chairman, Elizabeth Lewis-Gray.


CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution) is a recently established not-for-profit company. Its mission is to market and raise awareness of relevant research and alternative comminution strategies with the objective of achieving lower process costs and further energy efficiencies in the mining sector.

The comminution (crushing and grinding) step in mineral processing has been specifically selected for focus because it represents a substantial proportion of total energy cost in mining. For many mine sites the energy usage of the crushing and grinding processes represents at least 50% of total energy consumption.

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chairman of CEEC with its patron Owen Hagarty


The substantial comminution energy input, combined with a growing body of research that highlights alternative flowsheet and technology strategies, represents a major opportunity for beneficial change.

The announcement of our founding Patron also coincides with the unveiling of our “secret weapon”, CEEC International’s web-based information portal: www.ceecthefuture.org” said Ms Lewis-Gray. The CEEC website lists a range of key research papers and profiles consultants and researchers who specialize in the field of comminution design. This site will continue to be populated with additional data and information as it becomes available and a connection to the “Linked In” discussion page has been established.

It will also be a function of the Board and Executive of CEEC to encourage debate and discussion of this topic within mining companies; at Board, senior management, and technical levels. CEEC’s Board members includes world-leading scientists such as Dr Wayne Stange (CEO, AMIRA) and Professor Tim Napier-Munn (previous previous Director JKMRC and CEO JK Tech).

CEEC anticipates debate will embolden and forearm researchers and companies in such a way as to drive change in comminution.

In a clear message of support, Mr. Hegarty commented that: “CEEC is an excellent technical initiative aimed at helping to deliver minerals and metals from our great mining industry with disciplined energy efficiency."

Mr Hegarty is presently Executive Vice Chairman of Hong Kong listed G-Resources Group Ltd, a gold mining company; and Executive Vice Chairman of CST Mining Group Ltd, also a Hong Kong listed mining company with a copper focus. He is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, a Director of the AusIMM, a member of the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group, advising the Premier on mining in that State, and a Director of the WA based Mining Hall of Fame Foundation - a mining educational foundation. Mr. Hegarty is also Chairman of Tigers Realm Minerals Ltd, a private Melbourne based mining company looking to grow a diversified mining group.




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