Background and objective
Having control of the project meant we could keep to the required tight delivery schedule, while remaining on top of quality and planning on site.
Defining the project
Initial analysis revealed the installation of FLSmidth’s E-DUC system and E-Volute feedwell reduced flocculant consumption by 34%. It improved overall performance of the thickener, which now achieves consistent production of up to 1000 tph (original nameplate design of 700 tph). The production bottleneck at the thickener has also been eliminated.
Average thickener underflows have been increased by 4–6% (w/w) – a level that has been set to limit increases in viscosity in the carbon-in-leach (CIL). The 34 m opposition thickener is now delivering a higher average underflow density of 52–54% (often reaching up to 56%) than the 44 m tailings thickener. This increase is giving an additional 11–16% residence time in the leach circuit, which helps to maximise recoveries.