The Cadia Hill concentrator at Newcrest’s Cadia Operations has undergone several modifications and upgrades to treat an increased throughput rate of harder ore from the Cadia East block cave mine.
Subsequent to the commissioning of the expanded circuit, the flotation cleaner block has undergone a systematic optimisation programme tackling all facets of circuit operation. This included debottlenecking circuit constraints and installation of Jameson cell technology to enhance copper and gold recovery while rejecting fluorine and gangue from the concentrate.
This paper outlines the improvements over the course of the project and results obtained from the implemented actions.
Akerstrom, B, Seppelt, J, Waters, T, Bubnich, J and Seaman, D, 2018. Cleaner circuit optimisation at Cadia Operations, in Proceedings 14th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference 2018, pp 457–476 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).