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Free Proceedings

The ALTA Free Library includes proceedings from 1995-2012 Nickel-Cobalt, Uranium and Copper conferences for free download (900+ papers).  The library will be expanded each year, providing a major ongoing resource to the industry.  A selection of papers from recent conferences are also available.


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  • New Additions: a selection of papers from ALTA 2015 have been added to the library.
  • 1995-2009 copper proceedings available for free download FREE PROCEEDINGS.
  • Media Articles do not require a login to access.
  • 2010-2015 Nickel-Cobalt-Copper, Uranium-REE and Gold-Precious Metals proceedings available for PURCHASE.
Date Title Author/s Download
ALTA 2014
Opening Address
The Untold Story of the Australian METS Sector - A $90 Billion Industry Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Austmine & Gekko Systems (Australia)
ALTA 2013
Opening Address
Innovation in Mineral Processing: Where are we Headed? Jonathan Law, CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship (Australia)
ALTA 2015
Conference Keynote
HPAL in Past, Present and Future Naoyuki Tsuchida, Sumitomo Metal Mining Corporation (Japan)
ALTA 2015
20th Anniversary Dinner Keynote
ALTA: 20 Years as a Window into the World of PAL Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2015 Development and Implementation of Solvent Extraction Process for Copper Recovery from Ammonia Leach Solutions Aleksander Tsekov, Todor Angelov, Georgi Savov, Iontech 2000 JSC (Bulgaria); Bas Nauts, Attero (The Netherlands)
ALTA 2014
Dinner Keynote
The Process Research and Development for Copper, NIckel and Cobalt in BGRIMM Kaixi Jiang, Haibei Wang, Lan Li & Sanpin Liu, Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (China)
ALTA 2013
Dinner Keynote
PAL - The Great Survivor Part II Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services
ALTA 2013 Validation of Nickel Laterite Diagnostic Leaching Protocol Rebecca Meakin, CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship (Australia)
ALTA 2012 Bacterial Leaching at Elevated pH Using BioHeap™ Technology Jason Fewings & Shawn Seet, Western Areas NL (Australia)
ALTA 2012 Chuquicamata Retrofit and Franke - Recent CU Solvent Extraction Projects Implmented by Outotec Jarkko Hakkarainen, Outotec (Finland); Alexis Villarroel, Arturo Sotomayor,
Claudio Rodríguez, Outotec (Chile)
ALTA 2011
Dinner Keynote
PAL - The Great Survivor Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2011 Coral Bay Nickel HPAL Plant Expansion Project James Elson Llerin, Isao Nishikawa & Munekazu Kawata, Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (Philippines)
ALTA 2011 Recovering Copper and Gold in Chloride System by Nikko Chloride Process Kazuaki Takebayashi, Kazuhiro Hatano, Hiroshi Hosaka & Yoshifumi Abe, JX Nippon Mining and Metals Corporation (Japan)
ALTA 2009 Trends in Nickel Cobalt Processing Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2007 Nickel Processing Technology 10 Years on from Cawse Bulong Murrin Murrin Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2007 Review of Mixer-Settler Types and Other Possible Contactors for Copper SX Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2005 Design of CuSX Plants to Minimize Static and Other Fire Risks in the Light of Recent Industry Fires Mal Jansen & Alan Taylor, International Project Development Services (Australia)
ALTA 2003 Overview of Gangue Mineralogy Issues in Oxide Copper Heap Leaching Mal Jansen & Alan Taylor, International Project Development Services (Australia)
ALTA 2002 New Approach to Heap Leach Modeling and Scale-Up Mal Jansen & Alan Taylor, International Project Development Services (Australia)
ALTA 2001 Jervois Mining Young Ni-Co Laterite Prefeasability Study Testwork Review Mal Jansen & Alan Taylor, International Project Development Services (Australia)
ALTA 2000 Future Trends in PAL Plant Design for Ni-Co Laterites Alan Taylor & Mal Jansen, International Project Development Services (Australia)
ALTA 1999 Hydrometallurgical Treatment of Copper Sulphides: Are We on the Brink? Alan Taylor & Mal Jansen, International Project Development Services (Australia)
ALTA 2015
Conference Keynote
Environmental and Social Aspects of Feasibility Studies, Mining Operations and Closure; Balancing Realities and Expectations from Different Angles Peter Woods, International Atomic Energy Agency (Austria)
ALTA 2015 Emerging Trends in the Development and Application of Uranium IX Systems Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2015 The Kvanefjeld Project Damien Krebbs, Greenland Minerals & Energy Ltd (Australia)
ALTA 2014 Evolution of Mixer-Settler Design for USX Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2014 Review of Current Rare Earth Processing Practice James Buchanan, Simon Reveley, Kurt Forrester & Anton Cummings, GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd (UK)
ALTA 2013 Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Complex and Low Grade Deposits Christopher Pawlik, MINTEK (South Africa)
ALTA 2013 Ion Exchange Resins for Uranium Recovery: The Durability Question Explored Johanna van Deventer, Purolite (South Africa)
ALTA 2012 Uranium Heap Leach Modeling François Geffroy, Mining BG, Areva (France) & David Dixon, University of British Columbia (Canada)
ALTA 2011 Designing Uranium Plants Chris Panaou, Hatch Associates Pty Ltd (Australia) & Mark Bellino, Hatch Associates Pty Ltd (Canada)
ALTA 2011 Uranium Project Development - Adopting the Right Approach Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2009 Uranium Heap Leaching Gaining Popularity Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2007 Innovations and Trends in Uranium Ore Treatment Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2015
Conference Keynote
Dealing with Copper in Gold Ores; Implemented and Future Approaches Paul Breuer, CSIRO Mineral Resources Flagship (Australia)
ALTA 2014 Bio-Oxidation of Sand Sized Ore Jody Kelso & Toren Olsen, JRKelso&Associates (USA)
ALTA 2013 Water Management for Gold Recovery Using Alternative Lixiviants to Cyanide Stephen La Brooy, Ausenco; Paul Smith, Proxa Australia Pty Ltd (Australia)
ALTA 2012 Challenges and Opportunities in the Treatment of Refractory Gold Ores Robert Dunne, Newmont Mining Corporation (USA)
ALTA 2011 Sorting at Gold Fields; Run-of-Mine Sorting at Central Rand Gold L von Ketelhodt, CommodasUltrasort
(Pty) Ltd (South Africa) & LM Falcon and RMS Falcon, The University
of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
ALTA 2011 Keys to Successful Gold Heap Leaching Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
ALTA 2010 Gold Technology Developments and Trends Alan Taylor, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)

Event / Conference Title Download
AusIMM Central Victoria Technical Meeting, October 2014 New Perspectives in Metallurgy with Special Reference to Multi-Refractory Level Ores
AusIMM Melbourne Technical Meeting, September 2013 What's Happening in Copper Hydromet
AusIMM Bendigo Technical Meeting, August 2013 Developments in the Processing of Refractory Complex Gold Ores
TMS 2013 Nickel-Cobalt Laterites - Still a Frontier of Nickel Process Development
ASSDA 2000 The Use of Stainless and Other High Performance Alloys in Hydrometallurgy Process Plants for the Recovery of Metal
World Nickel Congress 2000 The Outlook for the PAL Process
AMF 1999 Solvent Extraction Mixer-Settler Design
Randol at Acapulco 1993 Successful Development of Solvent Extraction in Latin America
AusIMM Sydney 1981 The Seventies - A Decade of Hydrometallurgical Advance

Date Title and Download
Gold & Minerals Gazette, March 2010 Gold Ore Processing Technology Not Standing Still
Gold & Minerals Gazette, March 2007 Copper Hydromet Gaining Ground for Sulphide Ores
Gold & Minerals Gazette, April 2005 Spate of SX Plant Fires Rocks Copper Industry
Gold & Minerals Gazette, February 2005 Feasibility Studies - Foundation or Fantasy
Gold & Minerals Gazette, April 2004 Plenty of Hydromet Action in 2004
Gold & Minerals Gazette, October 2003 Can Uranium Make a Come Back
Gold & Minerals Gazette, July 2003 What's Happening in SX Technology
Gold & Minerals Gazette, April 2003 Heap Bioleaching Pushing the Envelope
Gold & Minerals Gazette, January 2003 Goro Key to Future of PAL
Gold & Minerals Gazette, September 2002 Big Guns in Copper Concentrate Leaching Race
Gold & Minerals Gazette, May 2002 Copper Heap Leach Design Hit or Miss
Gold & Minerals Gazette, February 2002 Copper SX-EW - Any Rivals in Sight
Gold & Minerals Gazette, November 2001 Laterites Dead and Buried or Alive and Kicking?
Engineering & Mining Journal, December 1995 Solvent Extraction Boom in Latin America
Mining Magazine, March 1995 Laterites - Has the Time Finally Come
Mining Congress Journal, April 1977 Recent Developments in Ion Exchange Engineering


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