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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: May 13th 2010

 
 

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:: 20 Years of Jameson Cells and Still Getting Stronger

2009 marked the 20 year anniversary since the Jameson Cell was first developed by Professor Graeme Jameson of the University of Newcastle. What started as a simple idea for the fast flotation of fine particles without the need for blowers and compressors, has resulted in a robust flotation technology, with nearly 300 Jameson Cells installed in base metals, coal, solvent extraction, oil sands and industrial mineral applications.

 

In late November, a Celebratory Dinner was held in Brisbane, with many of the people involved in the development and the commercialisation of the technology attending. Professor Jameson was the Guest of Honour and he entertained the crowd describing the inspiration for the technology, his travels to mines world wide, and his use of perspex models to perfect the downcomer before the first prototype cells were tested in the lead zinc concentrator at Mount Isa.


Jameson Cell 20 Year Anniversary Dinner - Guest of Honour, Professor Jameson centre, alongside Dr Emmy Manlapig - JKMRC (left), and Rakan Rahbani - Xstrata Technology (right)

 

Steve Smith, Global Marketing Manager for Mineral Processing at Xstrata Technology said the ongoing development of Jameson Cell technology was impressive. Having started in base metals, it established a strong reputation in coal, all the time improving the robustness and operability of materials and designs. The current ‘Mark IV’ Cell represents the state-of-the-art, combining enhancements from many different applications, in coal, base metals, organic solvents, flash flotation, cleaning and preflotation. The modern cells are virtually maintenance-free and extremely robust to operate. As a result, the new Jameson Cell is making a ‘comeback’ in base metals, often in combination with conventional cells. They are being adopted in new applications like oil sands, potash and phosphate which treat high volumes and need froth washing to produce high grade concentrate.

A highlight of the dinner was when Joe Pease, CEO of Xstrata Technology awarded Professor Jameson a watch to celebrate the milestone. Joe said the range of people who travelled to attend the dinner - early developers, operators, researchers, design engineers and process experts - demonstrated both the high regard for Professor Jameson, and the diverse effort required to make a new technology successful over the long term.

 

 

   

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