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The influence of a pipe reactor to improve pre-oxidation and gold recovery and lower cyanide consumption

Ellis, S., Andreazza, J. and Senanayake, G. (2002) The influence of a pipe reactor to improve pre-oxidation and gold recovery and lower cyanide consumption. In: Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies, 15 - 16 April, Sydney, Australia pp. 401-412.

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Abstract

The general experience in gold cyanidation research activities and plant practice is that high oxygen and cyanide concentrations improve gold leaching kinetics which in turn reduce residence time and increase throughput. This paper shows how the improved pre-oxidation method for the pyrrhotite rich gold ore of Bounty Gold Mine has increased gold recoveries at lower reagent consumption rates. The installation of a pipe reactor, in conjunction with a Multi Mix Systems oxygen injector, has lowered the amount of oxygen required to achieve a dissolved oxygen level target of 20 mg/L. The improvement of the pre-oxidation stage and lead nitrate solution addition has led to a reduction in the free cyanide concentration required for leaching, resulting in a decrease in cyanide consumption rate by 36 per cent to achieve a one to two per cent improvement in the gold recovery.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions
Publisher: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16771
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