Experience-based approach to successful heap leach pad design

Author(s): 
Terry Mandziak, David Pattinson
Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015
First presented: 
Mining World Volume 12 Issue 5 October 2015
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Geotechnical
 
In the current economic climate, heap leaching can be an attractive and cost effective means of recovering metals, explains Terry Mandziak, Associate Consultant, SRK (US) and David Pattinson, Principal Consultant Minerals Processing, SRK Consulting (UK). While heap leaching typically has lower recovery rates than conventional milling, the lower capital and operating costs allow lower ore grades to be economically processed and generate a positive cash flow that can be used to fund and develop other projects.
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