Monday, 29 August 2011

Metallurgical Challenges Facing the Gold Mining Industry

This is one of the themes of next year’s Precious Metals ’12 conference in Cape Town, currently being sponsored by Implats of South Africa and Australia’s Gold & Minerals Gazette.

The gold industry is experiencing change. Ores are more complex metallurgically, grades are lower and there are stricter environmental regulations making it more difficult to bring on new viable gold projects.

So it is timely that Dr. Robert Dunne, of Newmont Mining Corporation, USA, will present a keynote lecture reviewing the current status of processes used in the gold industries (i.e. milling, gravity, flotation, leaching, cyanide destruction/recovery and water treatment) and highlight where advances are being made to make the gold industry more viable.

Over the last 30 years Robert has worked for a number of mining companies including Anglo American, Anglovaal and Newcrest Mining and also spent time at the Western Australian School of Mines lecturing and at Mintek where he was involved in introducing new technologies into the mining industry. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is an Adjunct Professor at the JKMRC, Brisbane, Australia.

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