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Technical Program

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Outstanding technical program including 80 papers and three highly-topical forums/panels.

  Presenting Organisation/s Click to View Abstract
(Keynote Address)
Mark Benz
MRB Business Services
Canada Process Expertise: The Key to Managing Hydrometallurgical Project Risk
NMR360 Canada The Challenges of Commercialising Novel Technology: Part 1, Background and Theory
FM Global Johnston USA The Role of Risk Management Towards Long Term Sustainability in the Mining Industry
Boyd Willis Hydromet Consulting Australia Development of the Owendale Laterite Project in Central New South Wales
EMC Metals/Scandium International Mining Corp. Australia/
The Current Status of Scandium Supply Projects and their Technical Challenges
Glencore Technology Australia Economical Precipitation of Cobalt and Nickel from Solution
University of Queensland/
Simulation Software Methodologies for Hydrometallurgical Process Evaluation Applied to Selective Acid Leaching of Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate
DNi Technologies Australia The DNi Process™ – The Next Step to Commercialisation
TechnipFMC France Technological Innovations in TechnipFMC-Krebs Mixer-Settlers Guarantee 100 ppm Solvent Entrainment in Solvent Extraction Plants
SOLVAY USA Flowsheet Developments using CYANEX® Reagents
Kopper Chemical Industry Corp. China Improvement of the Copper Solvent Extraction Process
LANXESS Deutschland GmbH Germany Selective Chelating Ion Exchange Resins in Base Metal Recovery and Refining
WINRIS3 South Africa Continuous Ion Exchange Resin in Slower Settling Solids (RIS) Principles of Operation and Technology Development Over the Past 15 Years
BSFW Process Engineering South Africa Innovative Copper and Cobalt Recovery from Concentrate Tailings and a Copper Electrolyte Circuit Based on WINRIS Technology
Terrafame Finland Experiences on Dynamic Heap Leaching of a Black Schist Ore
Mintek/Sarcheshmeh Copper/University of Cape Town South Africa/
HeapSim Modelling of High Temperature Heap Bioleaching Data
BASF Corporation - Mining Solutions USA An Effective New Leaching Aid Successfully Tested with Oxide and Mixed Sulphide Copper Ores
Altrius Engineering Services/Avalon Minerals Australia Acid Chloride-Sulphate Leaching of Magnetite Hosted Chalcopyrite Concentrates from the Viscaria Copper Project in Sweden
FLSmidth USA/BASF Corporation USA The FLSmidth® ROL Process: BASF-FLS Pilot Plant Testing
Core Resources/Mineral Technologies/Whittle Consulting Australia The Economics of Removing Arsenic from Copper Concentrates using the Toowong Process
Arithmetek Canada Is Alkaline Glycine a Contender for Copper?
Mining & Process Solutions Australia Application of GlyLeach™ to Heaps - Early Commercialisation Opportunities
Montanuniversitaet Leoben Austria Investigation of the Leaching Behavior of a Copper-Iron-Molybdenum Alloy H 2SO4
CSIRO Mineral Resources Australia Characterization of a Low-Grade Copper Sulfide Ore To Assess its Suitability for In Situ Recovery
Baltic Scientific Instruments Latvia Real-Time X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Copper-Nickel Materials Flow on Conveyor Belt
Golan Plastic Products/
SJC Materials/Bantrel
Israel/Canada A Snapshot of Plastic Pipe Materials and Current Applications in Hydrometallurgy
TIP TOP Oberflächenschutz Elbe Germany Corrosion Protection in Ore Processing Plants Materials – Application – Maintenance
Ni-Co Pressure Acid Leaching Forum
Aqseptence Group (Diemme® Filtration)/
Dry Stacking of Nickel Laterite Tailings
Andritz/EMC Metals Australia Australia The Use of a Centrifuge to Reduce Water Content of HPAL Tailings
Outotec Finland Outotec Hydrometallurgical Pressure Leaching Technologies
Highlands Pacific/MHWirth Australia Application of Positive Displacement Pumps in HPAL Circuits
SNC-Lavalin Australia The HPAL Plants That SNC-Lavalin Built: Where Are They Now?
Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CNBC) Philipines Latest Improvement for High Pressure Acid Leach Plant Operation of Coral Bay Nickel Corporation
Meta Nikel Kobalt Madeencilik/MOGAS Systems & Consulting/
Process Ideas/GWCH Consulting
South Africa
Ramp-up Experience at Meta Nickel HPAL Plant
Panel discussion with open Q&A

Organised in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  Presenting Organisation/s Click to View Abstract
Opening Address
Dr Peter Woods
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Austria Red Book 2016: Insights into Uranium Supply and Demand
Keynote Address
Grenvil Dunn
Orway Mineral Consultants
Australia Planning for a Successful Uranium Pilot Plant Program
A-Cap Resources/ALTA Metallurgical Services/
Orway Mineral Consultants/Kappes Cassiday & Associates
Australia An Update on A-Cap Resources’ Letlhakane Uranium Project in Botswana
Vimy Resources Australia Pilot Testwork for the Process Development of the Mulga Rock Project
Gavin Beer, Consulting Metallurgist/Peak Resources Australia Metallurgy of the Ngualla Rare Earth Project - Challenges, Choices and Innovations
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Austria IAEA's Overview of Worldwide In Situ Leach Uranium Mining
CSIRO Mineral Resources/University of Western Australia/Cauldron Energy Australia Metallurgical Test Work and Modelling Towards Understanding the Suitability of a Uranium Deposit for In-Situ Processing
Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy (BRICEM) China R&D Progress of Uranium Mining and Metallurgical Industry in China
Institute for Technology of Radioactive and Rare Elements (ITREE) Vietnam Pilot Study on Uranium Recovery from Vietnam Uranium Sandstone Low Grade Ores by Heap Leaching
Nuclear Materials Authority Egypt Anion Exchange of Uranium from Sulfuric Acid Solution: Adsorption and Kinetics Characteristics
Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN) Brazil Recovery of Rare Earth, Uranium and Thorium from Industry Residue Leaching Experiments
VTT/Aalto University/Promeca Finland Jarogain Process for Recovering Value-Added Metals from RLE Zinc Residue
Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN) Brazil Separation of Thorium, Uranium and Rare Earth Elements from Sulfuric Liquor
Curtin University/Lithium Australia Australia Applications of Advanced Analytical and Mass Spectrometry Techniques to the Characterization of Lithium Bearing Ores
Outotec Finland Online Lithium Analysis in Spodumene Concentration
EKATO Corporation Germany Specialized Impellers for Hydrometallurgical Processing Applications with Focus on Lithium
Dow Water & Process Solutions Netherlands Review of Lithium Pre-Concentration, Extraction, Separation and or Purification using Dow Water and Process Solutions Technologies
Lithium Consultants Australasia Australia The Case for Secondary Lithium Resources
Arithmetek Canada A Broad Look at Lithium Extraction
Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS) Australia Lithium Extraction from Complex Silicates
ANSTO Minerals Australia Lithium Process Flowsheets - Challenges and Opportunities
Lithium Australia Australia Hydrometallurgical Processes for the Recovery of Lithium
Included in proceedings but not presented
Baltic Scientific Instruments Latvia Quantitative Analysis of Uranium and Thorium Containing Materials Using Industrial On-Line XRF Analyzer
Nuclear Materials Authority Egypt Aluminum Oxide Grafted Kaolinite for Efficient Uranium Removal from Aqueous Solution
Beijing General Research Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (BGRIMM) China Study on REES Leached in Phosphate Concentrate with Phosphoric Acid

  Presenting Organisation/s Click to View Abstract
Keynote Address
Dr Stephen La Brooy Ausenco
Australia Fixing the Cyanide Issue - Alleviation or Replacement?
Orica Australia Barriers to Best Practice: Variability in Measurement Practices Across the Gold Processing Industry
Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS) Australia Finding a Solution for a Double Refractory Gold Ore
Amec Foster Wheeler/
Anagold Madencilik
Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project Update
MOGAS Industries, Inc. USA Pro-active Use of Performance and Operating Data in Understanding Severe Service Valve Life and Failure Contributors
Maelgwyn Mineral Services UK The Aachen Reactor™ - An Essential Tool in the Metallurgists “Toolbox" to Increase Gold Recovery
Barrick Gold Corp/AuTec Innovative Extractive Solutions Canada Enhanced Leaching of Arsenopyrite Concentrates as a Pretreatment for Gold Recovery from Refractory Ores
Glencore Technology Australia Oxygen Mass Transfer in the Albion Process™: From the Laboratory to the Plant
Baltic Scientific Instruments/CORAD Latvia/
Gold Ore Analysis Using an Industrial Gamma-Activation Assay System
Chrysos Corporation Australia Development of Photonassay Technology for Rapid Analysis of Gold and Other Elements in Mineral Ores
TECK Resources Limited Canada Utilizing Cyanide Recovery Techniques in the CESL Gold-Silver Process
NMR360 Canada Gold Processing: Back to the Future
Ausenco Australia Gold Recovery Via Ion Exchange Resins
Mintek South Africa Process for the Recovery of Gold from Uranium Resin
SGS Lakefield Canada The SART Process: An Overview as Applied for Gold-Copper Porphyries and an Update on Key Process Parameters
Aalto University Finland Cyanide-Free Future of Gold Process Selection – Part II
Curtin University/Mining and Process Solutions Australia Progress in the Process Development of the Alkaline Glycine Based Technologies for Gold-Copper Ores and Concentrates
CSIRO Mineral Resources/Murdoch University Australia Enhanced Gold Ore Leaching in a Thiosulfate-Oxygen System by a Novel Additive
Mintek South Africa The Destruction of Nickel Cyanide
PT Green Gold Engineering Indonesia The RECYN Process - Changing the Negative Public Perception of Cyanide (double timeslot)
ALTA Metallurgical Services Australia New Developments in Gold Processing Technology

Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Keynote Mr Mark Benz
MRB Business Services
Professional Bio
Process Expertise: The Key to Managing Hydrometallurgical Project Risk
View Abstract
Uranium-REE Opening Dr Peter Woods
Team Leader, Uranium Resources and Production Subprogramme
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Professional Bio
Red Book 2016; Insights into Uranium Supply and Demand
View Abstract
Uranium-REE Keynote Mr Grenvil Dunn
Principal Process Engineer
Orway Mineral Consultants
Professional Bio
Planning for a Successful Uranium Pilot Plant Program
View Abstract
Gold-PM Keynote Dr Stephen La Brooy
Principal Process Consultant
Professional Bio
Fixing the Cyanide Issue - Alleviation or Replacement
View Abstract
Dinner Address Mr Alan Taylor
Managing Director
ALTA Metallurgical Services
Professional Bio
Laterite Wars
A lighthearted commentary on the struggle to find the best process hydromet process for laterites.

Practically-oriented pre and post-conference short courses presented by Alan Taylor

  • Treatment of Nickel-Cobalt Laterites (20 May)  Course Outline
  • Copper SX/EW Basic Principles and Detailed Plant Design (21 May)  Course Outline
  • Heap Leaching & its Application to Copper, Gold, Uranium & Nickel Ores (27 May)  Course Outline

Three international conferences over five days:

  • Nickel-Cobalt-Copper (22-24 May)  including Pressure Acid Leaching Forum & Panel  Program Topics
  • Uranium-REE (25-26 May)  including Lithium Processing Forum & Panel  Program Topics
  • Gold-PM (25-26 May)  including Cyanide Alternatives/Alleviation Forum & Panel  Program Topics

ALTA 2017 Program Table

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