Make your copper mine more efficient... and more sustainable
With declining ore grades, you need to dig deeper and into harder rock to increase production at your copper mine. This requires reliable and wear-resistant equipment. A focus on water management is a must to control costs and obtain your license to operate. We discover solutions that increase sustainable productivity at your mine.
Solutions and equipment that increase throughput at your copper mine
Productivity-enhancing solutions for your copper mine
The geological conditions create new challenges in your copper mine. Declining ore grades mean less metal production for each ton processed. And as you have to dig deeper and into harder rock you face longer haulage distances and increased wear of your equipment which translates into higher operational costs.
To remain productive, you need endurable and reliable equipment that increases your productivity. As a full flowsheet provider, we have proven ourselves as a supplier of premium equipment in every step of the process from comminution to filtration. Your solution will be based on our more than 130 years of experience with processing equipment combined with more than 40 years in the copper industry.
This experience gives you bigger and more efficient equipment capable of increasing production at reduced costs. Examples are larger grinding equipment, large capacity high density thickeners, and new flotation cells that help brownfield mines gain a higher throughput in order to maintain production. Our energy efficient equipment also helps you keep operational costs at a minimum and reduce your environmental impact.
- An end to tailings dams
How you manage water has a direct impact on your license to operate in the copper mining industry. Governments across the world are enforcing new water regulations, and tensions with local communities about the right to use the water can be time consuming and costly.
Together with Goldcorp, we have developed EcoTails™ that blends filtered tailings with waste rock creating a high-density geotechnically stable product called GeoWaste™. This makes dry-stacking possible even for large scale operations, and even in areas with high seismic activities. Furthermore, EcoTails enables recirculation of 90-95 per cent of your process water.
Not only does this save you operational costs on your copper mine, it also reduces closure costs and makes it easier to obtain your social license to operate, as it reduces the risk of water contamination. EcoTailsTM can bring an end to tailings dam and thus eliminate the risk of tailings dam failures as well as lessen your projects environmental impact.
- Produce copper directly at the mine
Rapid Oxidative Leach® (ROL) is another of our innovative about to rock your world. This mechano-chemical process can leach 97-99% copper directly on site, from concentrates as low as 5% copper in less than six hours. This makes it feasible for you to produce cathode copper from concentrate directly at the site rather than to sell the concentrate to a smelter. The ROL process can even leach copper from arsenic-ladden concentrates.