The last 12 months has seen continued support for several cornerstone AMIRA projects. P266F- Thickeners, enters its 20th year of operation having been renewed in January; P843A - GeM has kicked off on the back of the parent project’s great success; P420D – Gold Processing, has gathered support for a fifth extension.
These projects together with many others have contributed to our second largest year of committed support for research from our Members. This amounts to a total of AUD$18.2 over 2008/09 prior to any additional financial leverage from the research groups or government agencies.
The development of the original project P843 was driven by AMIRA’s members who recognised the need for better cradle-to-grave mine planning and optimisation. The resultant project was the fastest growing and largest foundation project in AMIRA’s 50-year history, and is now one of AMIRA’s most important and largest research collaborations. Its main aim is to allow predictive ore and waste characterisation from the first stages of discovery and resource evaluation for later efficient optimisation of mine planning and processing. Avoidance of risk in later mine development (“no surprises”) and maximization of economic recovery over the full life of the deposit are keys to the value of the project.
The original project focused on the integrated development of low cost quantitative (sometimes non-traditional) measurement of key geological parameters and proxies for critical geological properties which were suitable for inclusion in mine planning block models. While continuing this work, the new project will move more to application in various case studies on deposits. Already nine deposits have been nominated by sponsors for possible case studies – these include Chuquicamata Norte, Teniente, Andina and other deposits in Chile, La Colosa in Colombia, Prominent Hill in Australia, Wafi in PNG and several others.
The research is being conducted under the leadership of Professor Steve Walters by our world leading institutions: the CODES Centre of Excellence at the University of Tasmania, the JKMRC, the Bryan Research Centre and Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and the Parker Centre in Western Australia.
The formal proposal is now being provided to other companies who may wish to also participate in this outstanding collaborative research opportunity. Please contact Dr Alan Goode (firstname.lastname@example.org) at AMIRA for further information.