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The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) is founded under the Cooperative Research Centres program.

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The Centre is supported by AMC Consultants, AMIRA, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Bear Rock Solutions, BHP, Comet Strategy, CRC Mining, CSIRO, Curtin, DataMine Australia, Gekko Systems, Glencore, Hatch, IMDEX, JKTech, Magotteaux, METS Ignited, METSO, Mipac, MRIWA, Newcrest, NRC Canada, OreControl Blasting Consultants, Orica, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Scantech, Sodern, Split Engineering, SRK Consulting Canada, Sumitomo, Teck, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland (UQ), University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Whittle Consulting.

MINING Participants (implementation)

Anglo American
AngloGold Ashanti
BHP Billiton
Newcrest
Glencore
Teck
Sumitomo

METS Participants (delivery)

Hatch
IMDEX
JKTech
METS Ignited
METSO
Orica
Sodern

METS Associates: AMC Consultants, Bear Rock Solutions, Comet Strategy, DataMine Australia, Gekko Systems, Magotteaux, Mipac, OreControl Blasting Consultants, Scantech, Split Engineering, SRK Consulting Canada, Whittle Consulting

RESEARCH Participants

AMIRA
CSIRO
Curtin University
Mining3 (formerly CRC Mining)
MRIWA

NRC Canada
QUT
The University of Adelaide
The University of Queensland
UTAS

10 June 2019: Our successful Grade Engineering production trial at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristobel was featured in the KnowHow 2019 magazine and also in Science Meets Business.

Know_How_2019_cover.jpgKnow How 2019

 
Rejecting mine waste can save billions

CRC ORE technology promises to revolutionise ore extraction and enable mining to become more profitable and environmentally sustainable. 

Globally, conventional mining methods are becoming less efficient and more expensive. Fewer high-grade ore pockets remain and they are increasingly difficult to access.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) aims to use innovation to improve value and reverse declining productivity in the mining industry.

CRC ORE’s Grade Engineering technology will help miners improve the recovery of valuable ore by identifying which separation process is most effective for the specific ore’s characteristics. Less energy and water will be used by rejecting most of the waste material at the beginning of the value chain, then only milling the higher-grade material to extract the desired mineral.

A full-scale production trial of Grade Engineering is currently underway at Minera San Cristóbal S.A. (MSC) in Bolivia — a major global producer of zinc, lead and silver.

The trial involves CRC ORE and its participants, mine owner Sumitomo Corporation, and equipment supplier Metso.

Dr Ben Adair, CRC ORE CEO says initial results of the trial are impressive. “So far, results show that by applying Grade Engineering to areas previously designated as ‘mineralised waste’, the feed grade to the mill can be increased more than 2.5 times,” he says, adding that waste material can potentially be converted into high-grade ore feed.

“In this case, the big benefit of Grade Engineering is its potential ability to extend the life of the mine and add up to $1 billion to its value,” says Dave King, MSC operations director.

Australian mine operators are keenly watching the trial and CRC ORE is currently working with Australian participants to secure equivalent trials at their production sites.

 Brendan Fitzpatrick

CRC ORECRC ORE staff David La Rosa and Eiman Amini at the production trial site at Minera San Cristóbal in Bolivia.


Read the orginal article on page 11 of Know How here.

Discover the article on Science Meets Business here.

 

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