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Mineral Sands

Resources

Giving You Confidence

From our beginnings in the 1950’s separating sands on local beaches on Australia’s East Coast, we have expanded and developed our capability to become the ‘go to’ partner for a significant number of mineral sands projects worldwide.

Dale Henderson talks about mineral sands


Email Dale Henderson at dale.henderson@mineraltechnologies.com

Understanding Your Vision

Our customers regularly tell us that one of the things they value about working with us is our commitment to understanding their specific project objectives and opportunities as a first step in working with their teams to achieve their project vision. This holds true for all projects that we are involved in and forms the basis for our ongoing work in developing and delivering innovative and cost effective process solutions across the project lifecycle that transform your ore bodies into valuable commodities.

Mineral Sands Solutions Across Project Lifecycle

Mineral Sands Solutions

Metallurgical Testing

To be confident in investing in a project, you need to know that the separation process will work on start-up and throughout the life of the operation. We give you certainty by testing representative samples and analysing the results beyond basic calculations to deliver innovative and cost effective process flowsheets that maximise the grade and recovery of valuable minerals including Ilmenite, Rutlie and Zircon.

Customers value our 75 years’ experience in metallurgical testing, whether performed in our extensive metallurgical test laboratory in Australia or, under our direction, in partner test laboratories in the USA, South Africa, Brasil and India.

We routinely test samples as small as 100 grams for characterisation and specific gravity fractionation, through to larger samples up to 2000 kg for bench and pilot scale testing and flowsheet development. We also have the capability to create multi-stage pilot scale circuits to treat bulk samples (80-100 tonnes) for process testing and circuit optimisation and our test equipment includes the latest gravity, electrostatic and magnetic equipment.

electrostatic and magnetic equipment

Process Flowsheets

Detailed analysis of results from metallurgical testing informs the development of innovative and cost effective flowsheets for specific ore bodies. Where the ore is challenging, we bring high levels of innovation to design new and unique solutions that augment and lift the potential of conventional flowsheets to extract ore.

The separation of valuable minerals from the ore is enhanced by the appropriate selection of feed preparation systems such as scrubbing, screening, classification and slimes removal. The following diagram demonstrates a recent, simple flowsheet for a particular Mineral Sands separation.

Mineral Sands Flowsheet Graphic

Mark Palmer talks about metallurgical services


Email Mark Palmer at mark.palmer@mineraltechnologies.com

Innovative Plant Design and Optimisation

Having developed an effective and optimised flowsheet, you need a plant that safely and effectively applies this flowsheet to the ore body to recover the valuable minerals whilst delivering high availability, with low capital and low operating costs.

Our teams understand these challenges and bring a depth of knowledge underpinned by a deep metallurgical understanding and extensive operational knowledge from regular access to processing plants.

Combined with our multi-disciplined expertise and proprietary 3D design tools, we deliver plant designs beyond standard engineering outcomes that extract maximum value from your ore bodies.

Core Capabilities

  • Wet and dry concentration plants
  • Plant retrofits and upgrades
  • Modular relocatable plants
  • Slurry pumping systems
  • Test rigs and pilot plants

Our multi-disciplined teams also deliver integrated engineering services including associated utilities and amenities.

World’s Largest Mineral Sands Plant Design

In 2014 we completed design of the world’s largest wet concentration and mineral extracting plant (WCP) for the Grand Cote project in Senegal. The WCP design incorporates state of the art high capacity spiral technology sourced from our proprietary MD equipment range. It also incorporates a purpose designed Feed Surge Bin and Tails Densifying Bin to meet Grand Cote’s specific process needs.

Mineral Sands Plant Design

Greg Hill talks about the Grand Cote project

For more information contact Ken Roberts at ken.roberts@mineraltechnologies.com

Specific Mineral Sands Equipment

When purchasing new equipment, we understand that you need to ensure the equipment maximises grades and recovery whilst having low operational costs and adhering to tight capex budgets.

For this reason our equipment is designed and manufactured using the latest technologies and is fully tested in processing operations to ensure optimal performance. This means that when we release new process equipment you can be assured that it will be fit for purpose and cost effective.

A good example is our MG12 spiral which was selected by Southern Ionics for their Mission Mine South project in USA.

The MG12 spiral gave us the opportunity to achieve maximum recovery from a multi-stage circuit making the plant smaller and easier to float. The spiral bank modules dropped into and integrated with the plant structure enabling a smooth construction process. It proved to be a very effective solution for a new ore body.”
Peter Dunn, Process Manager, North America

Mineral Sands EquipmentSouthern Ionics Plant, USA

Equipment Range

Gravity Separation Technology

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MDSpirals

Centrifugal Jig Technology

 

 

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Electrostatic Separation Technology

  

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Shaking Tables

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Magnetic Separation Technology

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Readers

Tom Lawson talks about the Southern Ionics project


Email Tom Lawson at tom.lawson@mineraltechnologies.com

Proven Expertise

As a world leader in process solutions we have delivered some of the largest and most complex projects including the design of the world’s largest mineral sands wet concentration plant at the Grand Cote project in Senegal for Mineral Deposits, design and supply of gravity spirals for Trimex in India, the design and the delivery and equipment supply for the new Southern Ionics mineral sands plant in Georgia, USA.

Wide Range of Services Across the Project Lifecycle

With teams located in major mining regions worldwide, we can work with you to supply Mineral Sands processing solutions across all stages of the project lifecycle.


To find out more about how we can drive down operational costs and extract maximum value from your mineral processing operations across the project lifecycle contact our local team today.

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Head Office

Carrara, Gold Coast,
Queensland

T +61 7 5569 1300

Western Australia

West Perth

T +61 8 9211 8646

South Australia

Adelaide

+61 8 8130 4900

South Africa

Alton, Richards Bay

T +55 31 3201 2606

North America

St Augustine,
Florida

T +1 904 342 8354

South America

Belo Horizonte,
Brazil

T +55 31 3201 2606

India

Kolkata, West Bengal

T +91 33 4063 7085

Kochi, Kerala

T +91 48 4278 5160

Goa, Konkan

T +91 98 2389 7911