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The Impact of Gravity Gold Recovery at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines


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Author A Giblett, D Hillier, K Parker and V Ramsell


Kalgoorlie Consolidation Gold Mines (KCGM) operates the Kalgoorlie Super Pit open cut, Mt Charlotte underground mine, Fimiston process plant and Gidji Roaster facility for joint venture partners Newmont Mining Corporation and Barrick Gold. In 2004, the Fimiston plant was upgraded by the addition of gravity concentration to the Fimiston and Mt Charlotte grinding circuits, including the installation of a central intensive cyanidation reactor to process the gravity concentrates. The gravity project was justified after detailed analysis demonstrating an expected increase in overall gold recovery of approximately one per cent, in addition to reduced elution costs and reduced gold inventory in flotation concentrate stockpiles. The gravity circuits were commissioned in August 2004, and have since consistently recovered 10 to 20 per cent of the gold present in the KCGM ore, delivering a reduction in coarse gold losses equivalent to 0.45 per cent additional metal recovery and contributing to improved metal accountability.

A, Hillier, D, Parker, K and Ramsell, V, 2012. The impact of gravity gold
recovery at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, in Proceedings 11th AusIMM
Mill Operators’ Conference
, pp 199-206 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).