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Advanced mine to mill application at the Barrick Cortez mine


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Author M Powell, S Kanchibotla, V Jokovic, M Hilden, B Bonfils, A Musunuri, P Moyo, S Yu, J Young, P Yaroshak, E Yalcin and B Gorain


The appropriate design of liners continues to be an issue on many mills worldwide. Loss of milling capacity especially at liner change, uneven wear lives along the mill, substantial scrap on worn liners, excess mill down-time, undesirably short and unreliable wear lives are all common issues. This paper presents a designed approach to liner optimisation that follows a logical path of initial design and step-wise improvements based on liner wear monitoring. The target is to have a good liner design from start-up, then tune the profiles, heights and thicknesses based on wear monitoring. This is conducted as a team of liner specialist, site personnel and liner supplier. The application to the Pustynnoye SAG mill of JSC Altynalmas in Kazakhstan is presented. The increase in liner life by around 50% along with increased mill throughput of over 20% illustrate the huge benefit of the cooperative triumvirate approach through the gains that can be made in productivity and reduced liner costs.


Powell, M, Kanchibotla, S, Jokovic, V, Hilden, M, Bonfils, B, Musunuri, A, Moyo, P, Yu, S, Young, J, Yaroshak, P, Yalcin, E and Gorain, B, 2018. Advanced mine to mill application at the Barrick Cortez mine, in Proceedings 14th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference 2018, pp 177–196 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).