Al Jalamid | Testwork Management
With the planned mining of a new ore body at the Al Jalamid site, Ma’aden Phosphate Company required a large and comprehensive testwork program to define the geophysical and metallurgical characteristics of the new ore. METS was engaged to develop testplans, coordinate with the laboratories and report results with interpretation.
METS began the project by developing block flow diagrams of the testwork plan to be used for over one hundred and ninety diamond drill cores in the project. The testplans ensured maximum use of drill core, with samples undergoing physical tests at coarse size, before size reduction for comminution and beneficiation work at finer crush and grind sizes.
METS procured certified reference standards and included these in assay submissions assisting in the quality assurance and control of the project. Our engineers made regular visits to both laboratories carrying out the testwork, in order to observe testing and to ensure all work was being carried out as required.
Ongoing interpretation of testwork results was used to make changes and improvements to the testplans, including optimisation of the flotation conditions early in the project. This fluid nature of the testplans allowed the client’s objectives to be constantly achieved.