Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

The i-BO™ process and related treatments for mine waste remediation

McEwan, K. and Ralph, D. (2002) The i-BO™ process and related treatments for mine waste remediation. In: First International Conference on Brownfield Sites: Assessment,Rehabilitation and Development, 2 - 4 September, Cadiz, Spain pp. 525-532.

Link to Published Version:
*Subscription may be required


Acid mine drainage is an ongoing problem associated primarily with sulphidic mine wastes. Remediation of the mine sites is expensive. Micron Research Pty Ltd has developed the i-BO™ Process for treatment of a particularly difficult to remediate tailings dumps located near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory of Australia. Application of the i-BO ™ Process to the tailings dams results in an increase of the rate of natural weathering and hence acid production. Years of weathering are condensed into months allowing the acid drainage to be controlled and collected. The contained gold, cobalt and copper are then available to downstream metallurgical recovery processes making the remediation process profitable.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions
Item Control Page Item Control Page