The Forum is part of the Nickel-Cobalt-Copper sessions and commences 11:00am Wednesday 23 May. It concludes with panel discussion and open Q&A chaired by Lourdes Valle, Principal Process Engineer, BHP Billiton.
The search for hydromet processes for sulphide ores and concentrates has been augmented by the projected surge in demand for cobalt, nickel and copper for electric cars. This forum includes 8 technical papers covering alternative lixiviants, hydromet process development for copper/cobalt/gold, commercial heap and tank bioleaching operations, and use of additives in acidic ferric heap leaching.
The final panel is a great opportunity to discuss key topics with presenters and delegates from the global industry. Topics include drivers and future prospects for hydromel processes, overcoming the challenges, making economics competitive with concentrators/smelters, addressing the increasing demand for cobalt, potential Achilles heel of hydromet, effect of availability of skilled people, commercial status of heap leaching of LG chalcopyrite, plus questions and comments from the floor.