AEROPHINE® 3418A Promoter is a well-known and widely used collector and is an industry standard for its excellent selectivity and efficacy in the processing of complex polymetallic sulfide ores, particularly those containing silver. Until now, however, it has not found widespread use in primary nickel flotation.
In an effort to increase nickel recovery without compromising selectivity over iron sulfides, Western Areas Forrestania Nickel operation trialled the use of AEROPHINE® 3418A as a secondary collector at low dosage. A series of ON/OFF trials were conducted, with the finding that a very low dose of AEROPHINE® 3418A increased nickel recovery by 0.6 per cent compared to using xanthate alone.
This paper provides a brief operational history and overview of the Forrestania operations, a description of the trial and an analysis of the results.
Emery, S, Flynn, M, Tan, K and Munro, C, 2016. Aerophine® 3418A Promoter as a Secondary Collector to Boost Nickel Recovery at Forrestania Nickel Operations, in Proceedings 13th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2016, pp 145–148 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).