CEEC highly commends CRC ORE

The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) has been recognised with a High Commendation in the 2020 CEEC Medal awards.

ceec medalPresented by the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC), the highly respected CEEC Medal is a prestigious annual award for the most outstanding published papers, articles or case studies profiling beneficial strategies for eco-efficient comminution.

In 2020, the CEEC Medal Committee reviewed a record 23 publications, assessing applicability, supporting research and documentation, prospective impact, potential energy savings, and presentation style.

The shortlisted Operational and Technical Research papers showcased exciting site improvements and innovative ideas for future technologies.

CRC ORE received the High Commendation recognition in the Operational Category for its publication “Gangue rejection in practice - the implementation of Grade Engineering® at the Minera San Cristóbal Site", which was presented at Physical Separation 2019, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The highly commended paper was authored by Ben Adair, Luke Keeney, and Michael Scott from CRC ORE, and David King from Minera San Cristóbal.

This paper shares the prediction and outcomes of a Grade Engineering® pilot at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristóbal operations in Bolivia. The work identifies ore amenability and levers to optimise up-front rejection of gangue before processing.

CEEC Chief Executive Officer Alison Keogh said: “This approach highlights the scale of the opportunity for mining leaders to invest in unlocking hidden value for shareholders through productivity step-change while significantly reducing impact on the environment.”

"CEEC commended CRC ORE and Sumitomo leaders, teams and site staff, including those at Minera San Cristóbal, for their support to undertake and ensure publication of the Highly Commended work," Ms Keogh said

"Sharing this work across industry inspires and informs others worldwide and highlights the importance of collaboration."

CEEC Director and Medal Evaluation Committee Chair Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic said this year’s nominations reflected industry trends to install renewables, consider embodied energy and emissions, and the continued embracing of technologies such as pre-concentration and coarse flotation.

“It’s rewarding to see how industry leaders and experts are collaborating to forge improvements that make good business sense and proactively improve efficiency,” Dr Pokrajcic said.

Now in its ninth year, the CEEC Medal recognises the best published papers that raise awareness of comminution research findings, alternative comminution strategies and installed outcomes.

Full details of the 2020 CEEC Medal awards can be found on the CEEC website.

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