2012 – ALTA 2012, Perth WA
The processing of gold copper and copper gold ores can be highly problematic, site specific and
the process selection is dependent on ore grade, mineralogy, acid leach behaviour, cyanide chemistry,
product saleability and environmental considerations. The production of a copper gold concentrate is also
an option where the copper is of a marketable grade. In some situations the flotation tailings may be subject
to cyanide leaching. The general effects of copper on cyanide leaching chemistry are increased cyanide and
lime consumption and decreased dissolution rates for gold and silver. The severe fouling of carbon, high
solution losses and even re-precipitation of gold can occur.