Tuesday, 29 September 2009
This all looked so promising - tidy carbon dioxide away underground and forget about it. But even as the US's first large-scale sequestration operation is getting off the ground at the Mountaineer plant in West Virginia , geophysicists are concerned that burying the carbon could trigger earthquakes and tsunamis, according to an article in New Scientist.
The full story can be found on MEI Online.
Friday, 25 September 2009
If you would like to register for the event, we advise that you do so as soon as possible, and reserve your accommodation, as Cape Town is very busy in the spring. We have only one 3m x 2m exhibition booth available for rental at present, so if you wish to exhibit your products or services you should also register without delay.
The current programme is also available for viewing.
I found India a deeply disturbing place. I had seen crushing poverty in Africa, and other parts of Asia, but not on the scale that I found in India, where beggars were dying in the streets and the future for the lowest caste 'untouchables' was hopeless.
I always remember a small boy, not much older than my grandsons, his only possession a dirty blanket, sleeping among the rats between the rails of Calcutta station. It was evident that the country was so impoverished that it could do little to help these people.
Even now India is one of the highest recipients of British overseas aid, a sizeable amount of which helps to provide potable water in rural areas. Ironic therefore that India is now spending millions discovering water on the moon!!
A good definition can be found in A Dictionary of Earth Sciences (1999):
An industrial mineral is any earth material of economic importance, excluding metal ores and fuels; e.g. barite, fluorite and china clay (kaolin).
In general industrial minerals are extracted from non-metallic ores, although some ores can produce an industrial mineral or a metal product. For instance chromite ores are the source of metallic chromium, or can be concentrated to produce chromite, an industrial mineral used for refractory bricks.
The conference in Istanbul is therefore concerned with the processing of any industrial mineral. The scope of this conference also includes coal preparation, although coal is not classified as a mineral.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
My session chairman was Prof. Guven Onal (2nd right in photo) of Istanbul Technical University. Guven is the consultant to MEI's Processing of Industrial Minerals '10 conference, to be held in Istanbul in February.
The IMPS events have proved to be successful enjoyable affairs, and I also attended the Antalya conference in October 1992, Jon representing MEI in Antalya last year.
Monday, 21 September 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Entitled "Organising conferences: is it a profit-making venture?", and initiated by Fathi Habashi of Laval University, Canada, it is leading to a general discussion on Society conferences, privately-organised conferences and the IMPCs.
If you are a minerals engineer, and not yet a member of the group at LinkedIn, I recommend that you join, as there are some useful discussions there. You may also be surprised by who you see in the group.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
I thought it might be a good idea to organise something similar, so a colleague of mine, Bob Barley, and I put together a 2-week NATO ASI Mineral Processing at a Crossroads which ran in Falmouth in April 2006.
- Richard Mozley, Roger Parker, Steve Boyes, L. Lazaridis
- NATO group at St. Mawes
- Gulhan Ozbayoglu, Irfan Bayraktar, Savi Ozbayoglu, and me at Bassett Mines, Camborne
- At the conference hotel: Geoff & Sandra Slater, Barbara Wills, Derek Ottley, John Monhemius, Wally Kop, Les Adorjan and Steve Boyes
- The full NATO Group
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Risk management is a vital decision-making tool in modern industry and commerce. Since virtually every decision involves some element of uncertainty, and because there are risks inherent in most of the key issues facing companies today, the ability to understand risks and manage them effectively is an important ingredient for success. This is particularly true when assessing complex and large scale decisions where considerable capital is involved.
In such cases, risk-based approaches have been shown to be highly effective because they enable decision makers to make informed management choices based on structured information and analysis and to demonstrate the basis of their decisions.
MEI’s inaugural conference Risk-Based Approaches to Major Decisions ’11, organised in association with RMRI, will be held in the beautiful Cornish town of Falmouth in May 2011 and will look at areas in the construction, management and operation of large scale assets where adopting a risk-based approach to decision-making offers advantages in terms of both reduced risks and commercial benefit. Novel areas of application will be discussed and innovative techniques that are demonstrably cost effective will be introduced.
Examples of areas to be covered include:
Capital investment decisions and project evaluation
Inspection, testing and maintenance
Anyone with responsibility for design, construction and operation of large scale plant in industries such as mining, oil and gas and petrochemical will benefit from attendance.
Two other MEI conferences immediately precede Risk ’11, at the same venue. Sustainability through Resource Conservation and Recycling ’11 will be followed by Climate Change and the Minerals Industry ’11. An interesting week in a great setting.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
I first met Albert W. Schlechten (1914-1984) in 1963 when he was the session co-chairman together with Douglas Fuerestenau when I presented my work on cyanidation at the [First] International Conference on Hydrometallurgy that took place in Dallas, Texas in January 1963 (Figure1). Schlechten was Head of the Department of Metallurgy at Colorado School of Mines and a co-worker with the Luxemburg metallurgist Wilhelm Kroll (1889–1973) when they were together at the US Bureau of Mines in Albany, Oregon. On his retirement Kroll donated funds he received from his royalties for the titanium invention to Colorado School of Mines which was destined to create the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy in 1974. When I was teaching at Montana School of Mines from 1964-67 Schlechten used to come to Butte often because he was a Montana graduate.
Photo: Albert W. Schlechten (1914-1984) [center] co-chairing a session at
International Hydrometallurgy Conference [Engineering and Mining Journal, 1963].
Saturday, 5 September 2009
He reminded me that that well over half of the energy used in mining is consumed by comminution, which is an incredibly inefficient process, only 1-2% of that energy being used to create new surface.
Increasing comminution energy efficiency could decrease world carbon emissions by detectable amounts, so intensive research in this area is vital.
One of the major themes of next year’s Comminution ’10 in Cape Town is the improvement in environmental sustainability while driving down costs, by designing and operating energy efficient circuits and designing for the next generation of mines.
I hope that comminution research will also be highlighted at Climate Change and the Minerals Industry in Falmouth, in May 2011.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
"Hi Barry, long time no see. Good to chat again and keep in touch. I've actually been pretty busy recently, continuing my research into the history and practice of Cornish 'mineral dressing'. In fact, I got a bit sidetracked from the 'big book' when I came across a fascinating treatise from 1858 in the Cornish Studies Centre in Redruth (in their 'rare' books' section) on the mechanical treatment of Cornish tin ores, in French, by a (future) very eminent mining engineer named Leon Moissenet, though at the time he was only 26 or 27, and had barely completed his studentship at the 'Ecole des mines' in Paris.It really is a wonderful study, impeccably compiled from first-hand observation (must have taken him months!), and chock full of the most interesting contemporary detail, from the point of view of what was then current theory and methodology, along with both constructional and operational details for all kinds of apparatus in use at that time - working capacities, feed rates, operating costs and so on. Plus, he included a host of excellent diagrams that he drew himself.Anyway, I couldn't resist it (nerdy to the end) and with the very kind permission of the Library have now completed a full translation, and cleaned up all the diagrams on the computer for inclusion in the text. I'm giving a special copy to the Library, but thought there might well be some possible interest further afield among the Mineral processing fraternity - both current and historically minded - if I can manage to persuade somebody to publish it.What do you think? Maybe you could test out reaction on your MEI blog? If you could, that would really be a great help."
If anyone would like to contact Tony, please do so via firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
The President Hotel lies in the heart of the old city, a short walking distance from the major attractions of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Bosphorus.
There is now a final call for abstracts. If you would like to present a paper on any aspect of the processing of industrial minerals and coal, please submit a short abstract to me no later than the end of this month.