2012 – IRR Wet Sticky Clay Ores, Perth WA

Conclusions:

  • Materials handling issues require special attention when heap leaching
  • Crushing can be highly problematic with screen blinding and low through with cone crushers
  • Agglomeration with cement is mandatory when processing WSO for percolation and heap stability
  • The amount of cement is that required to achieve minimum percolation not to make hard marbles
  • Gold recovery can be very high with WSO
  • Column testing is mandatory to confirm leach kinetics, percolation, slumping and reagent costs

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