Applying integrated process knowledge

Applying integrated process knowledge to viable recovery of complex orebodies

27 September 2018

‘The critical nature of the ongoing access to fresh sources of minerals cannot be overstated – this is not just for the industry but for the world economy’ Prof Malcolm Powell, Complex Orebodies keynote speaker

He is the Director of the Anglo American Centre for Sustainable Comminution JKMRC, Sustainable Minerals Institute University of Queensland. From a physics background, Malcolm worked at Mintek then established the comminution research and consulting groups at the University of Cape Town. He held the Professorial chair in sustainable comminution at the JKMRC of the University of Queensland for 10 years.

1. How important is the discussion around complex orebodies for the mining industry?

The critical nature of the ongoing access to fresh sources of minerals cannot be overstated – this is not just for the industry but for the world economy – with the disadvantaged being last in line if metal and mineral resources become constrained. In order to provide the infrastructure and services at costs affordable to all, we need to develop the technologies, human benefits and environmental control to maximise our resource utilisation – of which the future majority will fall into the category of currently non-viable.

2. What will your keynote presentation cover?

I will focus on the ‘rock knowledge’ that underpins understanding of mineral extraction:

  • The primary rock properties required to model and thus understand advancing and future processes
  • The method to carry this information across the entire process chain
  • How such an approach will facilitate the development of novel processing routes and their impact not only on mineral recovery but on environmental impact and social benefit
  • Realistic examples of the potential impact of such an application will be provided

 

3. What approaches or technology are you looking forward to hearing about at the conference?

  • The linking of mining and processing technology with social acceptance and preferably benefit
  • How we can turn complexity to our advantage – as a creative society
  • The integration of new, and existing, technologies to dramatically upgrade out capability
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