Sandy Gray, Technical Director explains that technical leadership in Gekko’s key areas of global speciality is critical to the future of the company and the ongoing development of alternative flow sheets in the mining industry.
Gekko recognises that achieving excellence is all about having the right information and the right processes but, mostly, it’s all about having the right people.
Gekko aims for technical leadership in key areas of capability including:
- Low energy flow sheet design: Optimal mineral liberation and feed preparation, comminution strategies, pre-concentration and gangue rejection flow sheets
- Low capex, small footprint plant design: Low capital and operating costs, fast installations, small footprint, underground processing, distributed processing
- Modular design and construction: Modular pre-assembly design, standard components such as gravity circuits, screening, and flotation and crushing modules
Gekko’s strategies to enhance better results for customers through global technical leadership:
- Increasing the number of people in the Technical Team across all offices (Technical Team totals 41)
- Developing a Graduate Metallurgy program (currently six students are participating in the 2012 program)
- Holding annual technical and training conferences, focused on sharing knowledge internally and across the company’s geographic centres of excellence
- Growing capacity to provide more on-site skilled technical consulting resources
- Investing in additional assay and metallurgical laboratory capability
- Working with research groups such as AJ Parker to further develop industry knowledge around gold plants and particularly, the benefits of continuous gravity devices and innovative flow sheets
The three-year research and development program will target improvements in energy efficiency, reduced operating costs, increased recovery and faster project implementation time. Newcrest will gain from the application of concepts to optimise crushing and grinding utilising technologies and flow sheets that focus on gangue rejection, pre-concentration and liberation at coarse grind size.
Graduate Metallurgy program
Six graduates have commenced the two-year program in 2012, and have already participated in laboratory test work, site installations, commissioning and service visits (domestic and international).
Gekko’s graduate program has been flexibly designed so that the graduates can be accelerated through certain modules depending on knowledge and experience. The program also recognises the importance of developing the graduates as process engineers, as well as professional leaders within the mining industry. Accordingly, a focus on soft skill development and training around relationships has been incorporated into the program.
Sponsorship of AMIRA P420D project
Sponsored by Gekko Systems, the AMIRA gold processing technology project is a collaborative industry funded project undertaking research into gold ore processing. Operating since 1986, the project covers a range of topics including cyanidation, carbon management, gravity recovery, modelling and simulation, flash flotation, thiosulfate process development, sustainable cyanide management, benchmarking, characterisation of preg-robbing ores, processing copper-gold ores and treatment of arsenopyrite concentrates.
Gekko Systems specialises in the design, development and distribution of innovative mineral processing equipment and systems with particular focus on gravity separation.