JKMRC Mine to Mill project leader Dr Walter Valery said at Porgera the outcome of the project was an indication that throughput could be increased in the order of 15% for the specific rock type tested.
Earlier collaboration by the JKMRC with Highland Valley Copper in British Columbia resulted in modified mining practices which increased mill throughput resulting in increased profitability of $15 million/y.
The Mine to Mill concept was inspired by former JKMRC director professor Don McKee, who realised in the early 1990s that significant economic benefits could accrue from optimising the fragmentation of rock or coal from the mine to the requirements of the concentrator or preparation plant.
For further details of the International Caving Study, contact JKMRC
Tel: +61 (0)7 3365 5848.
In accepting the award from Australian Federal Treasurer, The Hon Peter Costello MP, JKMRC
Centre Director, Professor Tim Napier-Munn paid tribute to the many people involved in its success -- the postgraduate students, research staff, AMIRA and the JKMRC
's research collaborators, the University of Cape Town in South Africa and McGill University in Canada.
According to the JKMRC
, Jigscan is flexible enough to allow for a combination of functions to meet preparation plant requirements, with the ability to retrofit any air pulsated jigs.
Making the technology accessible has meant offering a wide range of short courses built around the company's software products and JKMRC methodology.
JKTech makes a financial contribution to the JKMRC for access to these prototype products.
Representatives from Fluor Daniel Australia, Wright Engineers, JKMRC
and MIM reviewed the test results.