Thursday, 17 June 2010

Nickel Processing '10- Day 1

Sixteen of the Precious Metals '10 delegates have remained in Falmouth for Nickel Processing '10, and this morning Jon welcomed them, and a further 20 new faces, representing Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK, USA.  He then introduced our consultant, Dr. Norman Lotter (left), of Xstrata Process Support, Canada, our major sponsor. Norman spoke of the state of the nickel market, and the challenges that lie ahead, before handing over to Dr. Terry Norgate of CSIRO, Australia, and Prof. Ismail Girgin, of Hacettepe University, Turkey, who chaired the morning session, containing 5 papers from UK, Canada and Australia. The timetable can be viewed here.

We have some interesting new faces at this conference, including 5 delegates (left) who have made the long journey from South Korea to Falmouth, and another, Ozgur Goyker, representing the Natural History Museum in London.  He is working in close collaboration with Anne Oxley of European Nickel plc on the leaching of nickel laterites.

The afternoon session was chaired by Prof. Chris Pickles, of Queen's University, Canada, who introduced 3 papers from Turkey, USA and Canada.  Then a quick coffee break before relaxing with ideal weather conditions on the coastal walk, with the usual beers awaiting us at the Chain Locker.

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