The Cadia mine has shifted from an open pit operation to the Cadia East underground panel cave. The resulting increase in milled tonnes, more competent ore and the decrease in fines production through shifting to panel caving were predicted to require an increase of over 25 per cent in installed power. This expansion was accomplished via the installation of secondary and high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR) crushing of the ore, with the semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill receiving a combination of primary, secondary and HPGR crushed feed. This design, criteria and rationale for selection was presented at the SAG Conference 2011. This paper reports on the initial impact of secondary and HPGR crushing on the circuit performance with the new panel cave feed.
Engelhardt, D, Lane, G and Powell, M S, 2014. Cadia
expansion – the impact of installing high pressure grinding rolls prior to a
semi-autogenous grinding mill, in Proceedings 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’
Conference 2014 , pp 233–240 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).