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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Australasia: May 17th 2016


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:: Gold Fields, Gekko Systems Strengthen Ties


Gekko Systems has completed another project for Gold Fields. This time, Gekko assisted with the manufacturing, installation and commissioning of a complete gravity and concentrate treatment circuit at the Granny Smith Gold Mine located 720km north east of Perth, Western Australia.

Granny Smith, acquired by Gold Fields in October 2013, now recovers approximately 35 per cent of its total gold output from the gravity circuit alone, which is well above predicted levels from the test work and modelling stage.

Gold Fields Australia’s Vice President of Operations, Stuart Mathews, commented, “Gekko has delivered the gravity project for Granny Smith in a timely and professional manner; the results have been particularly pleasing.”

The positive conclusion of this project is another example of Gekko’s close working relationship with Gold Fields. It follows successful projects between the two companies including the Gold Fields Agnew gravity upgrade in 2011/12 and other installations in Australia, South Africa and West Africa over the past decade.

In addition to the latest model InLine Leach Reactor (ILR3000BA), Gekko’s fully engineered turnkey “gravity box” design solution included OEM horizontal vibrating screens, 2 x 40” Knelson concentrators and associated electrical and piping distribution.

Apart from the capital work, Gekko also provided complete project management, including metallurgical test work, gravity recoverable gold modelling, design and engineering, installation services and process commissioning. Gekko’s Manager of WA and Asian Operations, Tim Bell, said, “The project was delivered in a timely fashion within the commercial budget and this could not have happened without the full support of Gold Fields working in unison with Gekko to achieve a common end.”




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