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  • Featured Abstract: Hydrometallurgical Processes for the Recovery of Lithium by Lithium Australia View Abstract
  • Featured Abstract: Barriers to Best Practice: Variability in Measurement Practices Across the Gold Processing Industry by Orica (Australia) View Abstract
  • A few spots left in the Gold-PM program. Presenters receive 50% off registration fees.
  • Program includes 76 papers from 22 countries with more on the way.

  Presenting Organisation/s   Click to View Abstract (updated as received)
Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Sessions
Altrius Engineering Services/
Avalon Minerals
Australia Acid Chloride-Sulphate Leaching of Magnetite Hosted Chalcopyrite Concentrates from the Viscaria Copper Project in Sweden
Andritz/EMC Metals Australia Australia The Use of a Centrifuge to Reduce Water Content of HPAL Tailings
Aqseptence Group Italy Dry Stacking of Nickel Laterite Tailings
Arithmetek Canada Is Alkaline Glycine a Contender for Copper?
Baltic Scientific Instruments Latvia Real-Time X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Copper-Nickel Materials Flow on Conveyor Belt
BASF Corporation - Mining Solutions USA An Effective New Leaching Aid Successfully Tested with Oxide and Mixed Sulphide Copper Ores
Boyd Willis Hydromet Consulting Australia Development of the Owendale Laterite Project in Central New South Wales
BSFW Process Engineering South Africa Innovative Copper and Cobalt Recovery from Concentrate Tailings and a Copper Electrolyte Circuit Based on WINRIS Technology
Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CNBC) Philipines Latest Improvement for High Pressure Acid Leach Plant Operation of Coral Bay Nickel Corporation
Core Resources Australia The Economics of Removing Arsenic from Copper Concentrates using the Toowong Process
CSIRO Mineral Resources Australia Studies into the Amenability of a Low-Grade Copper Sulfide Ore for In-Situ Recovery
Direct Nickel Australia The DNI Process™ – The Next Step to Commercialisation
EMC Metals/Scandium International Mining Corp. Australia/USA The Current Status of Scandium Supply Projects and their Technical Challenges
FLSmidth USA/BASF Corporation USA The FLSmidth® ROL Process: BASF-FLS Pilot Plant Testing
FM Global USA The Role of Loss Prevention Towards Long Term Sustainability and Risk Resilience in the Mining Industry
Glencore Technology Australia Economical Precipitation of Cobalt and Nickel from Solution
Golan Plastic Products (PexGol) Israel Pipe Material Selection for Hydromet Systems (Title TBC)
Highlands Pacific/MHWirth Australia Application of Positive Displacement Pumps in HPAL Circuits
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
Meta Nikel Kobalt Madeencilik/
MOGAS Systems & Consulting/
Process Ideas/GWCH Consulting
South Africa
Ramp-up Experience at Meta Nickel HPAL Plant
Mining & Process Solutions Australia The Recovery of Copper and Precious Metals from Smelter Slags by Alkali Glycine Leaching
Mintek/Sarcheshmeh Copper/
University of Cape Town
South Africa/Iran HeapSim Modelling of High Temperature Heap Bioleaching Data
Montanuniversitaet Leoben Austria Investigation of the Leaching Behavior of a Copper-Iron-Molybdenum Alloy H 2SO4
MRB Business Services
(Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Keynote)
Canada Process Expertise: The Key to Managing Hydrometallurgical Project Risk
NMR360 Canada The Challenges of Commercialising Novel Technology: Part 1, Background and Theory
Outotec Finland Outotec Autoclave and Laterite Technologies (Title TBC)
SNC-Lavalin Australia The HPAL Plants That SNC-Lavalin Built: Where Are They Now?
SOLVAY USA Flowsheet Developments using CYANEX® Reagents
Technip France France Technological Innovations in Technip-Krebs Mixer-Settlers Guarantee 100 ppm Solvent Entrainment in Solvent Extraction Plants
Terrafame Finland Experiences on Dynamic Heap Leaching of a Black Schist Ore
TIP TOP Oberflächenschutz Elbe Germany Corrosion Protection in Ore Processing Plants Materials – Application – Maintenance
University of Queensland/
Australia/Canada Simulation Software Methodologies for Hydrometallurgical Process Evaluation Applied to Selective Acid Leaching of Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate
WINRIS3 South Africa Continuous Ion Exchange Resin in Slower Settling Solids (RIS) Principles of Operation and Technology Development Over the Past 15 Years
Uranium-REE Sessions
A-CAP Resources Australia/Botswana Overview of A-CAP's Letlhakane Project in Botswana
ANSTO Australia Lithium Process Flowsheets - Challenges and Opportunities
Arithmetek Canada A Broad Look at Lithium Extraction
Baltic Scientific Instruments Latvia Quantitative Analysis of Uranium and Thorium Containing Materials Using Industrial On-Line XRF Analyzer (included in proceedings but not presented)
Beijing General Research Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (BGRIMM) China Study on REES Leached in Phosphate Concentrate with Phosphoric Acid
Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy (BRICEM) China R&D Progress of Uranium Mining and Metallurgical Industry in China
Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN) Brazil Recovery of Rare Earth, Uranium and Thorium from Industry Residue Leaching Experiments
Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN) Brazil Separation of Thorium, Uranium and Rare Earth Elements from Sulfuric Liquor
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
Curtin University Australia Applications of Advanced Analytical and Mass Spectrometry Techniques to the Characterization of Lithium Bearing Ores
Dow Water & Process Solutions Netherlands Lithium IX (Title TBC)
EKATO Corporation Germany Specialized Impellers for Hydrometallurgical Processing Applications with Focus on Lithium
Gavin Beer, Consulting Metallurgist/Peak Resources Australia Metallurgy of the Ngualla Rare Earth Project - Challenges, Choices and Innovations
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
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA (Uranium-REE Opening) Austria Red Book 2016: Insights into Uranium Supply and Demand
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Austria IAEA's Overview of Worldwide In Situ Leach Uranium Mining
Lithium Australia Australia Hydrometallurgical Processes for the Recovery of Lithium
Lithium Consultants Australasia Australia The Case for Secondary Lithium Resources
Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS) Australia The Challenges of Recovery of Lithium from Complex Silicates and Optimising Financial Returns
Nuclear Materials Authority Egypt Anion Exchange of Uranium from Sulfuric Acid Solution: Adsorption and Kinetics Characteristics
Nuclear Materials Authority Egypt Aluminum Oxide Grafted Kaolinite for Efficient Uranium Removal from Aqueous Solution (included in proceedings but not presented)
Orway Mineral Consultants
(Uranium-REE Keynote)
Australia Planning for a Successful Uranium Pilot Plant Program
Outotec Finland Online Lithium Analysis in Spodumene Concentration
VTT/Aalto University/Promeca Finland Jarogain Process for Recovering Value-Added Metals from RLE Zinc Residue
Zewail City for Science and Technology/Nuclear Material Authority/Cairo University Egypt Egyptian Monazite Digestion by Sulphuric Acid Process; Separation of Thorium
Gold-PM Sessions
6th Wave Innovations Corp./
Kinross Gold Corporation
USA Molecularly Imprinted Polymers – Initial Field Trials at Kinross Bald Mountain Mine
Aalto University Finland Cyanide-Free Future of Gold Process Selection – Part II
ALTA Metallurgical Services Australia New Developments in Gold Processing Technology
Ausenco (Gold-PM Keynote) Australia Fixing the Cyanide Issue - Alleviation or Replacement?
Baltic Scientific Instruments/CORAD Latvia/Russia Gold Ore Analysis Using an Industrial Gamma-Activation Assay System
Barrick Gold Corp/AuTec Innovative Extractive Solutions Canada Enhanced Leaching of Arsenopyrite Concentrates as a Pretreatment for Gold Recovery from Refractory Ores
Chrysos Corporation Australia Development of Photonassay Technology for Rapid Analysis of Gold and Other Elements in Mineral Ores
CSIRO Mineral Resources/Murdoch University Australia Enhanced Gold Ore Leaching in a Thiosulfate-Oxygen System by a Novel Additive
Curtin University/Mining and Process Solutions Australia Progress in the Process Development of the Alkaline Glycine Based Technologies for Gold-Copper Ores and Concentrates
Glencore Technology Australia Oxygen Mass Transfer in the Albion Process™: From the Laboratory to the Plant
Green Gold Technology Indonesia The RECYN Process - Changing the Negative Public Perception of Cyanide
Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS) Australia Finding a Solution for a Double Refractory Gold Ore
Mintek South Africa Process for the Recovery of Gold from Uranium Resin
Mintek South Africa Identification of the Technology Suitable for Nickel Cyanide Destruction
MOGAS Industries, Inc. USA Pro-active Use of Performance and Operating Data in Understanding Severe Service Valve Life and Failure Contributors
NMR360 Canada Gold Processing: Back to the Future
Orica Australia Barriers to Best Practice: Variability in Measurement Practices Across the Gold Processing Industry
TECK Resources Limited Canada Application of AVR to Recover Cyanide and Copper in the CESL Gold Process (Title TBC)

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

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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