Hochschild’s Ares Mine in Peru is expanding the size of its plant and has ordered five additional Gekko Systems ’ InLine Leach Reactors (ILR5000 Batch Manual) to add to its two existing ILR5000s.
Once installed, Ares will boast the large intensive leach application on silver flotation concentrates.
Hochschild intends to increase metal production at the site, situated 4,900 metres above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, to capitalise on the current high price of silver and the recent expansion of its Explorador mining operation.
Gekko product manager, Nick Katsikaros, is delighted with the order. “It is our experience that the South American region is a leader in the adoption and successful application of new technology.
“The mining community is well educated, sites generally have strong operating skills and there is a positive attitude to change. Hochschild’s Ares mine is an excellent example. The technical and operating team have achieved excellent recoveries – over 99% - in a new application of a proven technology” Nick Katsikaros said.
Hochschild will benefit by having the capacity to produce metal doré on site, giving the company control on site over the entire process from mining through to the production of metal. It can sell the product as doré, eliminating the need to sell concentrate to a refinery.
Overall cost savings will be achieved through eliminating costs associated with selling concentrates including transport, insurance, security, payment timing and charges at the refinery.
Gekko Systems’ InLine Leach Reactors has proven itself to be the good metallurgical processing solution for producing silver from flotation concentrates and as a result, increasing production outcomes. It is the intensive leach system that can effectively leach fine flotation concentrate.
The combination of Gekko Systems’ process chemistry and design capability combined with Hochschilds’ expertise in silver has made the application possible. Furthermore, the robust and unique design of the InLine Leach Reactors has resulted in operability and recovery results.