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Program Announcements

  • List of papers (to date) now includes 91 papers from 25 countries (more in progress). Abstracts published 28 February.
  • Uranium Opening Address abstract now available: The Challenges of Operating a Uranium Mill in the Modern Era by Dr Brett Moldovan, Uranium Production Specialist, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) View abstract
  • New featured abstracts available below.

The list of papers (to date) is grouped by session and listed in alphabetical order.  Titles will be updated as received.  Additional papers are awaiting final approval and will be added as confirmed.  

NICKEL-COBALT-COPPER SESSIONS (21-23 May)Sponsored by Solvay
Opening Address
AMIRA International Ltd
AustraliaWhat Has Changed in Our Industry, and the Role of AMIRA
Keynote Address
Kathryn C Sole Consulting/
Process Ideas/
Peter Cole Metallurgical Services
South AfricaFlowsheet Options for Cobalt Recovery in African Copper-Cobalt Hydrometallurgy Circuits
Aqseptence Group (Diemme® Filtration)Italy/AustraliaDewatering and Washing of Nickel Laterite Tailings
ArithmetekCanadaHow Might the Commodity Price Cycle Affect a Laterite HPAL Project?
Miller Metallurgical International Limited
AustraliaDesign and Material Selection Considerations for Solvent Extraction and Electrowinning Plants
BASF Corporation - Mining SolutionsUSATitle TBC
Boyd Willis Hydromet Consulting/
SGS Minerals Metallurgy
AustraliaOwendale Scandium Project – Project Update and Metallurgical Testwork Overview
CGISCanadaImplementing an SSV Standard Practice for the Hydrometallurgy Industry
China Nerin Engineering Co., LtdChinaThe Solutions for Increasing Copper and Cobalt Recovery Rates for the L-SX-EW Plants in D.R. Congo
Consulting Metallurgical Engineer,
Shankar Rao
IndiaA Short Overview of the Impact of the New Technology on Zambian Metallurgical Processing Operations
Dares Technology, SLSpainLeach Pad and Tailings Dam Monitoring with Radar Satellites
FM GlobalUSAUsing Process Safety Management to Manage Risk in Mineral and Metals Processing Facilities
International Copper Study Group (ICSG)PortugalWorld Copper Mine Supply and Capacity Trends; Challenges for Copper Concentrate Miners, Smelters, Refineries, Byproducts and Waste Disposal
Jord International/
Process Plant Technology
South Africa
The Production of High Purity Nickel Sulfate Hexahydrate Suitable for Lithium Ion Batteries by Evaporative Crystallisation
Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS)AustraliaCopper Cobalt Gold Project Flowsheet Development
Mining & Process Solutions AustraliaReview of Sequence Assay Schemes for Copper Speciation and its use in GlyLeach™
MINTEKSouth AfricaAutogenic Reagent Generation for Purification of Process Liquors: Case Studies
MMG LXML Sepon/MMG Limited/
Huntsman Performance Products
Laos/AustraliaAmeliorating the Impact of Colloidal Silica on Copper SX – The MMG Sepon Example
Monash UniversityMalaysiaEvaluation of the Channelling Effect of Gravity Dominated Packed Beds Pertaining to Heap Leaching Hydrodynamics
Mondo Minerals Nickel Oy/Mintek/P Met. Consulting/Stephen Barnett, Consultant/ Geological Survey of FinlandFinland/South Africa/UKThe Mondo Minerals Nickel Sulfide Bioleach Project: Maximising Value Through Gold Recovery
Murdoch UniversityAustraliaThe Use of Additives in the Leaching of Primary Copper Sulfides in Acidic Ferric Sulfate Media Under Recycle Solution Conditions Observed in Heap Leaching
Mworx/GME ResourcesAustraliaContinued Development of NiWest Ni Laterite Project - NiWest Direct Solvent Extraction Continuous Piloting
OutotecFinlandDevelopment, Design and Implementation of Outotec’s Vsf X Solvent Extraction Technology
Peking Brotech Company/
Sanmen Sanyou Technology Inc
ChinaPerformances of a Intercell Capping Board with Four Contact Points System in Different Plants
Ramu Nickel Limited/
Peter Jolly, Consultant
PNG/AustraliaThe Ramu Nickel Operation: Improve Product Quality Through Optimizing Process Control
SAME S.A.ChileApplication of Lagrange Energy Methods to Development of Acid Mist Control Technologies for Base Metals Electrowinning
SNC-LavalinAustraliaThickener Design, Control and Development
SOLVAYUSAOptimization and Economic Assesment of CYANEX® 272 Circuits
Teck Resources LimitedCanadaTitle TBC
TerrafameFinlandProcess Update on Dynamic Heap Bioleaching of a Black Schist Ore
Université de Lorraine/
University of Queensland
France/AustraliaA Holistic Approach to Pre-Concentrate Nickel in Laterite Ores
National Research Council of Canada
CanadaProtective Surface Treatment and Technology Roadmap for HPAL and POx Applications – Velan Update
Veolia Mining & Metallurgy/
Murdoch University/
Poseidon Nickel
AustraliaManaging Ultrafine Solids at Poseidon Nickel’s Mt Windarra Minesite
Weir MineralsNetherlandsDynamics of Piston Diaphragm Pumps in Autoclave Feed Applications
IN SITU RECOVERY (ISR) SYMPOSIUM (23 May)Sponsored by Mining3
Keynote Address
Peninsula Energy Limited
USAKey Lessons Learned from the Application of ISR to Uranium
ANSTOAustraliaLaboratory Testwork to Support the Development of Uranium ISR Operations
BASF CorporationAustraliaTitle TBC
CSA Global Pty Ltd/
ARMZ Holding
In-Situ Recovery. Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions
CSIRO Mineral ResourcesAustraliaReal Time Sensing Technology for Leaching Processes
Curtin UniversityAustraliaSeismic Ore Body Characterisation and ISR Monitoring
East China University of TechnologyChinaIn-Situ Bioleaching in 512 Uranium Deposit, NW-China
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) AustriaSupporting Good Practice and Development of Uranium In Situ Leach Mining Worldwide – IAEA Involvement
MINES Paris-Tech/OranoFrancePredictive Simulation and Optimization of Uranium In Situ Recovery Using 3D Reactive Transport Simulation at the Block Scale
Monash UniversityAustraliaTitle TBC
Newcrest Mining LimitedAustraliaIn-Situ Leaching of Copper at Ridgeway Mine
Newmont USA Limited/Bangor UniversityUSA/WalesIn Situ Metal Recovery: A role for Microbiology
Orano/KatcoFrance/KazakhstanOptimization of Low-Grade Uranium In-Situ Leaching in a Roll-Front Deposit, Kazakhstan
University of Western AustraliaAustraliaTesting the Feasibility of Electrokinetic In Situ Leaching
University of Western Australia/
AustraliaModeling of Gold Recovery Through In-Situ Leaching Using Multi-Component Reactive Transport
URANIUM-REE-LITHIUM SESSIONS (24-25 May)Sponsorship available
Opening Address
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
AustriaThe Challenges of Operating a Uranium Mill in the Modern Era
Keynote Address
Aleff Group
UKConstructive Disruption: Leveraging Key Intangibles for Smarter Uranium Projects
ANSTO/Boss ResourcesAustraliaComparison of Weak Base and High Capacity Strong Base Ion Exchange Resins for the Recovery of Uranium in Saline Liquors
East China University of TechnologyChinaHeap Bioleaching in a Volcanic Rock Type Uranium Deposit, Southeast-China
IAEA Sponsored PresenterTBAUranium (TBC)
IAEA Sponsored Presenter TBAUranium (TBC)
ICSM/CEAFranceBifunctional Ligands for High Selective Extraction and Recovery of Uranium(Vi) from Acidic Media Including Phophoric Solutions
University of QueenslandAustraliaUpgrading Copper Concentrates Through Metathesis Reactions Including the Deportment of Uranium and Radionuclides (Title TBC)
Rare Earths
MEAB Chemie Technik/RWTH Aachen/ University of Helsinki/KU Leuven
Germany/Finland, BelgiumAdvances on Scandium Recovery Beyond State of the Art
MEAB Chemie Technik /RWTH AachenGermanyScale: An Emerging Project for European Scandium Supply
Northern MineralsAustraliaBrowns Range Project (Title TBC)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology NorwayRecovery of Rare Earth Elements from a Norwegian Deposit
PuriTech LtdBelgiumRare Earth and Precious Metals Recovered by CCIX – Continuous Countercurrent Ion Exchange
Lithium Processing Forum
ANSTO MineralsAustraliaLepidolite Processing Using Sulphation Baking: A Comparison Against Conventional Processing Flowsheets
ArithmetekCanadaLithium - New Brine Technologies, No Evaporation
Ausenco/Lithium Consultants AustralasiaAustraliaRemoval of Minor and Trace Impurities from Lithium Leach Liquors
Ausenco/Lithium Consultants Australasia/Earendil Pty LtdAustraliaMitigating Innovative Plant Start-Up Risks
Beijing University of TechnologyAustraliaAcid Leaching Process of Spent Power Lithium Ion Battery in H2SO4 and HCL Systems
CSIRO EnergyAustraliaEnergy Storage Batteries - Where Are We and Where Are We Heading
Lithium AustraliaAustraliaLithium – From Mantle to Motor Vehicle
Lithium Consultants AustralasiaAustraliaWhat is Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate?
GOLD-PM SESSIONS (24-25 May)Sponsored by Koch Knight LLC
Keynote Address
ZiJin Mining Group
ChinaThe Treatment of Refractory Gold Ores in China
Baltic Scientific Instruments/CORADLatvia/RussiaOptimization of an Industrial Gamma-Activation Assay System for the Analysis of Gold and Rare Earth Metal Ores
Chrysos Corporation/CSIRO/
University of Wollongong
AustraliaDevelopment and Operation of PhotonAssay System for Rapid Analysis of Gold in Mineral Ores
CSIRO Mineral ResourcesAustraliaIn Situ Characterization of Sulfide Minerals During Leaching Processes
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)AustraliaMinimising the Exposure to Hazardous Contaminants in Gold Rooms
Earendil Pty Ltd/AusencoAustraliaCarbon Kiln Sizing Testwork
Gekko Systems/Curtin UniversityAustraliaModern Carbon Management: 'Gold in the Bank not your Tailings Dam'
Jenike & Johanson Pty LtdAustraliaDon’t Let The behaviour of Bulk Materials Destroy the Value of Your Hydrometallurgical Project(s)
Joe Zhou Mineralogy Ltd/Xiamen Zijin Technology of Mining and Metallurgy/
State Key Laboratory of Comprehensive Utilization of Low Grade Refractory Gold Ores
Canada/ChinaGeometallurgy and Process Mineralogy of Gold Ores: Methodologies and Applications in Process Selection and Plant Optimization
Mineral Engineering Technical Services (METS)AustraliaTransitioning From Single Stage SAG Mill Through to Fine Crushing and Ball Milling
Mining & Process Solutions AustraliaReducing Cyanide Consumption of Gold Ores by Glycine Preleach for Copper Removal
MINTEK South AfricaCase Study for a Use of Alternative Lixiviants for the Leaching of Gold Copper Ore
MINTEK South AfricaPractical Insights from Fundamental Studies on Iron-Arsenic POX Residues
MINTEK South AfricaTreatment Options for Processing Double Refractory Material from the Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa
MINTEK South AfricaValidation of a New Technology for Gold Recovery from Carbon Fines
Outotec Biomin (Pty) Ltd/Alel Financial Investment Corporation Joint Stock Company/NordgoldSouth Africa/ Kazakhstan/
Application of the HiTeCC Technology at Nordgold’s Suzdal Operation to Combat Preg Robbing and Enhance Gold Recovery
Outotec Biomin (Pty) Ltd/
Outotec (Finland) Oy
South Africa/ FinlandContinued Development of the BIOX Process for the Treatment of Refractory Gold Ores
SGS Canada/
B2Gold Corp
Optimizing B2Gold’s Masbate carbon circuit using CIP/CIL modelling
Synergen Met Pty LtdAustraliaModular Process Plant for On-Site Prodiction of Cyanide
Tony Parry & AssociatesAustraliaPossible Applications of Ore Sorting in Gold Mining and Processing Operations – An Economic Analysis
University of VendaSouth AfricaEconomic Appraisal of Mine Tailings at Mintails Gold Mine, South Africa

The full list of abstracts will be published 28 February.

Nickel-Cobalt-Copper*New* The Mondo Minerals Nickel Sulfide Bioleach Project: Maximising Value Through Gold Recovery by Mondo Minerals Nickel (Finland); Mintek (South Africa); P. Met. Consulting (South Africa); Stephen Barnett, Consultant (UK); Geological Survey of Finland (Finland) View abstract
The Solutions for Increasing Copper and Cobalt Recovery Rates for the L-SX-EW Plants in D.R. Congo by China Nerin Engineering (China) View abstract
ISR Symposium*New* In-Situ Leaching of Copper at Ridgeway Mine by Newmont (USA); Bangor University (Wales) View abstract
Optimization of Low-Grade Uranium In-Situ Leaching in a Roll-Front Deposit, Kazakhstan by Orano (France); Katko (Kazakhstan) View abstract
Uranium-REE-Lithium*New* Lithium – From Mantle to Motor Vehicle by Lithium Australia (Australia). View abstract
*New* Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from a Norwegian Deposit by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway). View abstract
What is Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate? by Lithium Consultants Australasia (Australia) View abstract
Gold-PM*New* Carbon Kiln Sizing Testwork by Earendil (Australia); Ausenco (Australia). View abstract
Application of the HiTeCC Technology at Nordgold’s Suzdal Operation to Combat Preg Robbing and Enhance Gold Recovery by Outotec Biomin (South Africa); Alel Financial Investment Corporation (Kazakhstan); Nordgold (Russia) View abstract

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Conference Opening AddressDr Stephen Grocott
Chairman, AMIRA International Ltd
Chief Technical Development Officer, Clean TeQ Limited
Professional Bio
What Has Changed in Our Industry, and the Role of AMIRA
Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Keynote AddressDr Kathy Sole
Kathryn C. Sole Consulting
(South Africa)
Professional Bio
Co-authored by
Mr John Parker, Managing Director, Process Ideas (South Africa)
Professional Bio
Mr Peter Cole, Peter Cole Metallurgical Services (South Africa)
Flowsheet Options for Cobalt Recovery in African Copper-Cobalt Hydrometallurgy Circuits
ISR Symposium Keynote AddressMr Wayne Heili
Managing Director and CEO
Peninsula Energy Limited (USA)
Professional bio
Key Lessons Learned from the Application of ISR to Uranium
Uranium-REE-Lithium Opening AddressDr Brett Moldovan
Uranium Production Specialist
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Professional Bio
*New* The Challenges of Operating a Uranium Mill in the Modern Era
Uranium-REE-Li Keynote AddressDr Julian Hilton
Aleff Group (UK)
Professional Bio
Constructive Disruption: Leveraging Key Intangibles for Smarter Uranium Projects
Gold-PM Keynote AddressDr James Wang
Deputy Executive Director
State Key Laboratory of Comprehensive Utilization of Low Grade and Refractory Gold Ores
Zijin Mining Group (China)
Professional Bio
Treatment of Refractory Gold Ores in China
Dinner AddressMr Alan Taylor
Managing Director
ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
Professional Bio
Title TBC

Three international conferences plus a symposium in one week

Program Topics

  • Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Sessions (21-23 May) 
    including Hydromet Processing of Copper, Nickel & Cobalt Sulphides Forum & Panel
  • In Situ Recovery (ISR) Symposium (23 May)  *New*  More information
    concludes with discussion and Q&A
  • Uranium-REE-Lithium Sessions (24-25 May)
    including Lithium Processing Forum & Panel
  • Gold-PM Sessions (24-25 May)  
    including Refractory and Complex Gold Ores Forum & Panel


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

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