Monday, 2 May 2016

In brief: the BIOX Process; Spend some time in Cornwall; Physical Separation special issue

Current Status and Continued Development of the BIOX Process
Jan van Niekerk
The merger of the BIOX, ASTER and HiTeCC technologies with Outotec Finland was completed November 2015 (MEI Online). This is a significant step for the three technologies as the technologies are now owned by a company that is focused and driven by the delivery of bespoke cutting edge solutions to the mining industry. Outotec is the major sponsor for next month's Biohydromet '16 in Falmouth, and a keynote paper will be given by Jan van Niekerk, Senior Manager: BIOX, Outotec South Africa. The paper will focus on three main points:
1. An update on the status of the current operating BIOX and ASTER plants; 2. Feedback on the progress with the commissioning of the BIOX and ASTER plants and the Runruno Gold Project in the Philippines; and 3. The expanded technology and equipment offering being developed by Outotec.
Jan's keynote replaces that of Dr. Dave Dew, who has unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Spend some time in Cornwall
And for those of you registering for Biohydromet '16, or for Sustainable Minerals '16 which follows, you should seriously consider spending a few extra days in Cornwall, one of the world's most beautiful areas and of great historical interest to anyone connected with the mining industry. If you are not travelling by car, you can see a great deal by using Falmouth as a base and the posting of 11th March 2015 suggests 10 good reasons for staying on.
Special Issue on Physical Separation published
Selected papers from last year's Physical Separation '15 conference have now been published in Volume 91 (May 2016) of Minerals Engineering. This special issue contains 10 papers dealing with comminution and sorting, screening, gravity and magnetic separation. Physical Separation '17 will be held in Falmouth in June next year.

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