Gekko Systems ’ Python underground processing plant (Python UPP) is a high-tech, fully automated modular plant. The Python underground processing plant unit has been designed to operate in a 5m x 5m tunnel and produce a high-grade concentrate that can be pumped to the surface.
With the Python underground processing plant, Gekko Systems believe that mining companies will save up to 15% to 25% of their total costs. Experience curve benefits will result in even higher returns. Step change savings can be expected in haulage, ventilation, back fill, grinding, staffing, tailings disposal and environmental costs. Installation of the unit may also de-bottleneck production and it has the potential to lower cut off grade.
The Python underground processing plant design concept is to operate the crushing, grinding and pre-concentration plant underground and to pump the concentrate to the surface. Depending on available voidage underground, and metallurgical test work, it can be expected that a volume concentrate of between 5% to 30% mass will be pumped to the surface eliminating the need for trucking.
Gekko Systems’ 20t/hr prototype underground processing plant has recently passed its crucial step after undertaking onsite trials to evaluate capacity and quality control. The plant took less than 24 hours to commission.