Technical Program

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The emphasis of this carefully crafted program is practical rather than academic, and the themes running through the conference are the various aspects of technology and project development.  We are pleased to partner with CSIRO Minerals for the In Situ Recovery (ISR) sessions and Curtin Gold Technology Group for Gold-PM. The Uranium-REE and ISR sessions, and Uranium short course are organised in co operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The preliminary program includes 103 papers from 21 countries, with more in progress. Additional and missing abstracts will be added as received.

Ni-Co-Cu OverviewNi-Co-Cu Flyer

The Nickel-Cobalt-Copper sessions are held over three days from Monday 9 November to Wednesday 11 November.  The program includes 45 papers plus the Hydromet Processing of Ni-Co-Cu Sulphides panel discussion.

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Presenting Organisation/s Click to view abstract
Opening Address
Stedman Ellis

Future Battery Industries CRC
AustraliaA Research-Based Strategy for Establishing Australia as a Leading Player in the Emerging Global Battery Industry
Keynote Address
John Neale
, Mintek
South AfricaBioleaching of Nickel and Cobalt - The Progress and The Potential
AMIRA GlobalAustraliaA Brief History, and Future, of Process Innovation in Copper
AngloAmerican Technical Solutions
South AfricaAtmospheric Leaching of Copper Pressure Leach Residue
Arithmetek/NMR360 CanadaA Metallurgical Evaluation of the Transition to Electric Vehicles
Atom MineralsAustraliaDry Stacking of Tailings by 3D Printing
Ausenco/BDB ProcessAustraliaResin in Pulp Processing Equipment
BASFUSAAcid Removal by Solvent Extraction for use in Electrolyte to Neutral Aqueous Systems
BASF/Chemaf/MMG KinsevereSouth Africa/
Australia/DRC
Silica Issues Versus Copper Solvent Extraction Plant Design
Chimerical Technology/
PQ Corporation
South Africa/UKAdvanced Ion Exchange: Selective Recovery and Purification of Zinc Sulfate and Cobalt Leach Solutions
China NerinChinaEngineering Practices for Hydrometallurgy of Copper and Cobalt Ore in D.R. Congo
CleanTeQ/MRB International ConsultingAustralia/CanadaNickel Sulfate for Lithium Ion Batteries - Benchmarking Potential Pathways to Production
Cobalt Blue HoldingsAustraliaEfficient Recovery of Cobalt from Pyrite - Update on COB Process Development
CSA Global Pty Ltd/
UGTC Ltd/JV Kazcobalt
Australia/Russia/
Kazakhstan
In-Situ Recovery - Emerging Technology for the Extraction of Nickel and Cobalt from Laterite Deposits
CSIRO Minerals/Murrin Murrin OperationsAustraliaImproved Pumping to HPAL Autoclaves Using Drag Reduction Technology - Demonstration at Glencore’s Murrin Murrin Operation in Western Australia
EcoMetalesChileTrends and Treatment of Arsenic in Copper Mining
EKATO CorporationGermanyProcess and Agitator Design for Industrial Crystallization Processes
IGO LimitedAustraliaFlowsheet Development for the Conversion of Nickel Concentrate to Nickel Sulphate – IGO’s Proactively Green Approach to Produce Critical Materials for the Clean Energy Revolution
International Copper Study Group (ICSG)PortugalGlobal Copper Value Chain Trends and Complex Concentrates Processing Challenges 2020-2025
Jenike & JohansonAustraliaCritical Control Points - The Key to EV Chemical Quality and Value Chain Productivity?
JordProxaAustraliaMarket Outlook for Battery Grade Nickel Sulphate and Implications of Varying Product Specifications
Konkola Copper Mines/The Copperbelt UniversityZambiaCopper and Cobalt Recovery from Tailings Leach Plant Solutions - A Case of a Leach Plant on the The Copperbelt of Zambia
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)Republic of KoreaDeep Eutectic Solvents: Novel Solvents for Cobalt - Nickel Separations
LANXESS/ValeGermany/CanadaNickel- and Cobalt-Concentrate Purification by Solvent Impregnated Ion Exchange Resins: A Case Study
LiNiCo Pty LtdAustraliaComparison of Methods for Sulphide Processing in Nickel Laterite HPAL Plants
METS EngineeringAustraliaCopper Nickel Separation Challenges and Flowsheet Development
MHWirthGermany/AustraliaPulse Reduction System for Autoclave Feed Pumps
MMG Kinsevere/MMG Australia/Protea Chemicals/SolvayDRC/Australia/
South Africa/DRC
Silica Management in a Copper Solvent Extraction Plant - MMG Kinsevere Case Study
Mworx/GME ResourcesAustraliaContinued Development of NiWest Ni Laterite Project - Neutralisation and DSX Continuous Piloting
Mworx/Jervois MiningAustraliaJervois’ Nico Young Ni Laterite Project – Development of a Ni Laterite Heap Leach
NMR360CanadaThe Case for a Chloride-Based Process for the Treatment of Nickel Laterites
Ocean MineralsAustralia/USAHarvesting Nodules from the Seabed Surface and Extracting Cobalt, Nickel, Copper and Manganese
OutotecFinlandNext Generation Laterite Processing
Outotec BiominSouth AfricaVersality of Outotec’s BIOX® Processes – Positioning of the MesoThermTM Technology for Base Metal Sulphide Applications
Peter Jolly, ConsultantAustraliaEnergy and Emission Performance of Lithium Ion Battery Powered Vehicles
Pure Battery Technologies/
Arithmetek
Australia/CanadaSelective Acid Leaching of Mixed Nickel-Cobalt Hydroxide for Production of Basic Nickel Carbonate
Queensland Pacific MetalsAustraliaTownsville Energy Chemicals Hub - The 'TECH' Project
Ramu Nickel/Peter Jolly, ConsulantPNG/AustraliaUpdate on the Performance of the Ramu Nickel Operation in Papua New Guinea
SENET/Process IdeasSouth AfricaUranium Removal from Cobalt Process Liquor
SGS Minerals MetallurgyAustraliaPurification of HPAL liquors and Crystallisation of High Purity CoSO4 and NiSO4 (preliminary title)
Solvay EMEA & APAC/Solvay EMEA/Solvay USA/KAZ MineralsZambia/Kazakhstan/
USA/Kazakhstan
Commercialization of Acorga® CR60 Crud Mitigation Reagent in North America and Central Asia
TerrafameFinlandUpdate on the Terrafame Operation in Finland
University of Tokyo/Japan Metal Consulting/Enterprise FloridaJapanThe ART of HPAL
Vanik Resources/3M Corporation/ChemQuest AfricaSouth Africa/
Chile/DRC
Health, Safety and Environmental Issues and Practices Around the Generation of Sulphuric Acid Mists in Copper Electrowinning Tank Houses
Published in proceedings - not presented
Element ProcessAustraliaHeap Leach Solution Transport Modelling for Improved Process Control and Production Forecasting

Uranium-REE OverviewUranium-REE Flyer

The Uranium-REE sessions, organised in co-operation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are held on Thursday 12 November in parallel with the Gold-PM sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 16 papers plus the Application of Membranes panel discussion.  

Presenting Organisation/s Click to view abstract
Opening Address
Martin Fairclough

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
AustriaThe Role of Unconventional Uranium Resources
Keynote Address
Darryl Butcher
, BDB Process
AustraliaReview of Membrane Technology as a Process Tool
ALTA Metallurgical ServicesAustraliaVanadium Boom Driving Revival of By-Product Vanadium Recovery from Uranium Ores
ANSTO MineralsAustraliaApplication of Membranes in U and Li Recovery
ANSTO/Murdoch UniversityAustraliaSulfuric Acid Baking of Monazite for Rare Earths
BMS Engineers/Aurafua ResourcesAustraliaThe Application of Membranes for Phosphoric Acid Purification
Chimerical Technology/Orano MiningSouth Africa/
France
Case Study: Concentration of Uranium Eluate Using Nanofiltration on an ISR Plant in Kazakhstan
FSBI Hydrospetzgeologia
(IAEA sponsored)
RussiaNumerical Modeling of Uranuim Transport in Fractured Media
Genesys InternationalUKPreventing Gypsum Scaling of Minewater RO/NF/UF Membranes
LANXESSGermany/AustraliaA Guide for Testing Ion Exchange Resins
Malaysian Nuclear Agency
(IAEA sponsored)
MalaysiaAdsorption of Uranium and Thorium Using Immobilized Amination of Grafted Fibrous Polymeric Material
Northern Mineral/OLI SystemsAustralia/USARare Earth Concentrate Processing and Purification Comparison and Optimization Using OLI Simulation

Gold-PM OverviewGold-PM Flyer

The Gold-PM sessions, organised in partnership with Curtin Gold Technology Group, are held on Thursday 12 November, in parallel with the Uranium-REE sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 16 papers plus the Cyanide Alleviation & Alternative Lixiviants panel discussion.  

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Presenting Organisation/s Click to view abstract
Keynote Address
Karel Osten

METTKO
AustraliaPOX – Has it Reached its Full Potential, or is There Still Room for Improvement for Treating Refractory Gold Ores?
Aalto UniversityFinlandLife Cycle Assessment of Hydrometallurgical Processes Based on Flowsheet Simulation – Case Study of Gold from the Deposit with Battery Metals
Chyrsos CorporationAustraliaPhotonAssay Update: Validation Work, Gold Performance Improvements and Prospective Silver and Moisture Services
Clean TeQ WaterAustraliaIon Exchange – bringing Flexibility, Robustness, and Higher Recoveries to Mine Water Treatment
CSIRO Minerals/Curtin UniversityAustraliaMeasuring Gold Lixiviant Concentrations: Let’s Make It Easy for The Operators
Curtin UniversityAustraliaDifferent Options of Enhancing Gold Leaching in Glycine Solutions
GreenGold TechnologyIndonesiaReCYN III – The New Generation of Gold Plants - Replacing Carbon
International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI)/Newmont GoldcorpUSA/Canada(in progress)
Mining and Process Solutions (MPS)AustraliaNon and Reduced Cyanide Gold Extraction Systems
MINTEKSouth AfricaEvaluation of Resin Technology for Au Recovery from Complex Ores Containing Cu and Preg-Robber
OutotecFinlandCommissioning Experience on Recent Outotec POX Projects
Outotec BiominSouth AfricaRecent Developments in the Outotec BIOX® Process
SGS Minerals MetallurgyAustraliaComparison of Oxidative Leaching of Two Gold Flotation Concentrates
Simulus GroupAustraliaKellGold: Cyanide-Free Treatment of Various Ores and Concentrates
University of British Columbia/
Seabridge Gold
CanadaGold Recovery with Thiosulphate Generated from Sulphide Minerals
University of British Columbia/
Winner Water Services
CanadaThiocyanate Recovery from Waste Solutions Using Solvent Extraction
Published in proceedings - not presented
Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) IndiaRecovery of Gold and Copper from Liberated Metallic Sheets of Waste Printed Circuit Boards

In Situ Recovery OverviewIn Situ Recovery Flyer

The annual ALTA In Situ Recovery conference, is recognised as the leading forum for ISR globallyThe 2020 event, organised in partnership with CSIRO Mineral Resources and in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be held on Friday 13 November, in parallel with the Lithium & Battery Technology sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings. The program includes 16 papers plus the Application of ISR panel discussion.  

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Presenting Organisation/s Click to view abstract
Keynote Address
Leon Faulkner

Environmental Copper Recovery
AustraliaOpportunities and Challenges for Copper ISR – Kapunda CRC-P as an Example
ALTA Metallurgical ServicesAustraliaIn-Situ Recovery of Copper Comes of Age
CSA Global Pty Ltd/National
Research Nuclear University/
TENEX/ARMZ Holding
Australia/RussiaInformatisation Systems for ISR Mines
CSIRO Minerals/University of Bergen/King River ResourcesAustralia/Norway/
Australia
High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Study of Coarse Leached Particles for In-Situ Recovery Applications
CSIRO Minerals Australia(in progress)
CSIRO EnergyAustraliaDirectional Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing for ISR Applications
Curtin UniversityAustralia(in progress)
D3 Geochem/Newmont USAUSAUS Bureau of Mines Santa Cruz In Situ Copper Mining Project and Program Overview: Circa 1970 to 1963
Evolution MiningAustraliaEconomic Modelling and Application of In-Situ Recovery in Hard Rock Mining
HatchAustraliaISR - The Permitting Challenge
MINES Paris-Tech/Orano MiningFranceDevelopment of an Integrated Methodology for the Early Simulation of ISR-U in a Consolidated Sandstone Reservoir - An Exploratory Application Case in Niger
Mining3/CSIROAustraliaExpanding the Value Case for Insitu Mning
OricaAustraliaDesign Options for Underground Leach Systems

Lithium & Battery Tech OverviewLithium & Battery Tech Flyer

The Lithium & Battery Technology sessions are held on Friday 13 November, in parallel with the In Situ Recovery sessions.  Delegates may move freely between sessions and will receive both proceedings.  The program includes 16 papers plus the Trends in Battery Technology panel discussion.  

Presenting Organisation/s Click to view abstract
Keynote Address
Prof Peter Talbot

Institute for Future Environments (IFE), Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
AustraliaThe Creation and Implications of Australia’s First Lithium-Ion Battery
Aalto UniversityFinlandFinland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals (BATCircle)
ANSTO Minerals/Lithium AustraliaAustraliaCaustic Conversion of Spodumene - Process Development and Continuious Piloting of the LiENa® Process
Arithmetek CanadaRecovery of Lithium from Smackover Brine
AusencoAustraliaTunnel Kiln Technology for Spodumene Treatment
CSIRO MineralsAustraliaValue Added Product Recovery from Spodumene Leach Residue
Curtin UniversityAustraliaThe Effect of Impurities on the Calcination of Spodumene
Envirostream AustraliaAustraliaLithium Battery Recycling and the Opportunities
Galaxy ResourcesAustraliaNovel Approach to Conventional Lithium Brine Processing
Lithium Australia/VSPC LimitedAustraliaLithium-Ferro-Phosphate (LFP) – The Safe Lithium-Ion Battery
Lithium Consultants AustralasiaAustraliaIt’s Not Rocket Science: Adapting NASA’s Technical Readiness Level to Metallurgical Projects
Malvern PanalyticalThe Netherlands/
Australia
Accurate Mineralogical Analysis for Efficient Lithium Ore Processing
MetEng/METSIM InternationalAustralia/USALithium Process Development Using METSIM and OLI Systems
METS Engineering AustraliaAnalysis of The Bald Hill Lithium Project Failure

Nickel-Cobalt-CopperSilica Issues Versus Copper Solvent Extraction Plant Design BASF (South Africa/Australia) Chemaf (DRC), MMG Kinsevere (DRC)
Nickel-Cobalt-CopperNickel Sulfate for Lithium Ion Batteries - Benchmarking Potential Pathways to Production Clean TeQ (Australia), MRB Consulting (Canada)
Nickel-Cobalt-CopperHarvesting Nodules from the Seabed Surface and Extracting Cobalt, Nickel, Copper and Manganese Ocean Minerals (Australia/USA)
Uranium-REEThe Application of Membranes for Phosphoric Acid Purification BMS Engineers (Australia), Ararfura Resources (Australia)
Uranium-REECase Study: Concentration of Uranium Eluate Using Nanofiltration on an ISR Plant in Kazakhstan Chimerical Technology (South Africa), Orano Mining (France)
Gold-PMReCYN III – The New Generation of Gold Plants - Replacing Carbon GreenGold Technology (Indonesia)
In Situ RecoveryUS Bureau of Mines Santa Cruz In Situ Copper Mining Project and Program Overview: Circa 1970 to 1963 D3 Geochem (USA), Newmont (USA)
Lithium & Battery TechnologyLithium-Ferro-Phosphate (LFP) – The Safe Lithium-Ion Battery Lithium Australia, VSPC (Australia)

Conference Opening

Stedman Ellis
Chief Executive Officer, Future Battery Industries CRC (Australia)
Professional Bio
A Research-Based Strategy for Establishing Australia as a Leading Player in the Emerging Global Battery Industry

Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Keynote

John Neale
Technical Specialist, Mintek (South Africa)
Professional Bio
Bioleaching of Nickel and Cobalt - The Progress and The Potential

Uranium-REE Opening

Martin Fairclough
Uranium Specialist, Uranium Resources and Production
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (Austria)
The Role of Unconventional Uranium Resources

Uranium-REE Keynote

Darryl Butcher
Director, BDB Process (Australia)
Professional Bio
Review of Membrane Technology as a Process Tool

Gold-PM Keynote

Karel Osten
Independent Consultant, METTKO Pty Ltd (Australia)
Professional Bio
POX – Has it Reached its Full Potential, or is There Still Room for Improvement for Treating Refractory Gold Ores?

In Situ Recovery Keynote

Leon Faulkner
Managing Director, EnviroCopper Ltd (Australia)
Professional Bio
Opportunities and Challenges for Copper ISR – Kapunda CRC-P as an Example

Lithium & Battery Technology Keynote

Prof Peter Talbot
Institute for Future Environments (IFE), Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Professional Bio
The Creation and Implications of Australia’s First Lithium-Ion Battery

25th Anniversary Dinner Address

Alan Taylor
Conference Chair, ALTA 2020
Metallurgical Consultant and Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)
Professional Bio

We are excited to offer three new short courses presented by experienced senior experts in their field.  ALTA 2020 now includes six short courses, providing significant learning opportunities across a range of key topics.

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