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The striking infographic launched on its website today by CEEC International Ltd (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution) illustrates the immense opportunity for mining companies to improve earnings by optimizing their crushing and grinding practices known as comminution. Proven ore processing alternatives such as smart blasting, mineral pre-concentration, novel flowsheets and new grinding technologies are just a few of the different strategies which can be deployed to improve throughout and cost effectiveness in the most costly step of mineral processing.
Innovation in mineral processing is well developed, but less widely implemented. Reports from the recent SME 2013 support the need to more advanced processing technologies to maximize recovery rates, and improve productivity. CEEC was established in 2011 to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry. CEEC is a not-for-profit company funded by grants from the mineral industry, whose mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution.
"This infographic is designed to catch the attention of C-suite executives, to raise their awareness of the potential benefits of alternative mine to mill processing strategies. Greater knowledge of these options will empower more informed query and enable key performance measures which reflect the potential gains. This is the first in a series of infographics CEEC plans to develop." Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, CEEC Chair and Gekko Systems CEO.
CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Leading mining companies are investing in research and promoting change in this area. CEEC is sponsored by Gold Fields Ltd, Gekko Systems Ltd, Anglo American Ltd, Ausenco Ltd, Newcrest Mining Ltd, Xstrata Technology Ltd, Outotec Ltd, Orica Ltd, Metso Ltd, AMIRA
International, JKTech Ltd, University of Queensland’s Sustainable Mineral Institute, MMG Ltd, Russell Mineral Equipment, and Indophil Resources Nl.
CEEC has a comprehensive web site with a selected library of papers and presentations relating to eco-efficient comminution. Regular blog contributions are posted in the web site, as well as on CEEC’s LinkedIn Group. Over 600 global LinkedIn members participate in debate and knowledge sharing through this group. CEEC awards a Medal annually for the most outstanding paper on eco-efficient comminution, nominations for the 2013 Medal close on March 15 2013.
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