As near-surface oxide orebodies are depleted, mines are having to process deeper sulfide ores that are lower in metal grade and metallurgically more complex. Modern technologies that are simple, cost effective and environmentally sound are required for their extraction. In many cases, bioleaching is the most suitable process.
Mintek’s Biotechnology Division is a leader in this rapidly-developing field, having been involved in the development of bioleaching technologies for over 25 years. The division offers a full range of services for the evaluation and commercial implementation of bioleaching processes for gold, uranium and base-metal projects. Both concentrate and heap leaching technologies are provided.
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