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:: National Award for Gekko’s BGF Plant
Gekko Systems has been recognised by the Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its design and supply of the Ballarat Goldfields (BGF) Plant - now a subsidiary of Lihir Gold Ltd.
The Awards aim to recognise companies within the Australian mining industry that have demonstrated innovation and excellence in a range of categories. Gekko won the Highly Commended Award in the Minerals Processing Plant of the Year category, at the third annual awards held in Brisbane, Australia, late last year.
Despite a very tight design period, Gekko successfully incorporated all requirements of the BGF brief for the least possible cost, using an innovative solution. Technical Director at Gekko, Sandy Gray, said the Gekko team was proud of the outcome. “The expandable 600,000 tpa plant is performing above our test work predictions. The final tailings residues to date have been better than expected and well below design," he said. “The plant is custom-made and matched to the specific ore body. The majority of the gold can be recovered at a very coarse grind size, so we have built an innovative plant that matches the properties of the ore with the properties of the equipment, to meet the needs of the customer." Top performing gold stock, Lihir Gold Ltd, merged with Ballarat Goldfields on 8th March, 2007. Under the guidance of Lihir’s Managing Director, Arthur Hood, the Ballarat operation has rapidly progressed.
As outlined in Lihir’s September, 2007, Quarterly Report, Stage 2 of the Ballarat processing plant is currently being installed and underground development is showing Indicated Resources for Ballarat East increasing by 27% to 305,000 oz. Total Mineral Resource is now estimated at 1.5m oz. Stage 2 of the plant includes Gekko’s designed and manufactured Intensive Leach and Resin gold recovery circuits.
Praising the supply and service provided by Gekko, BGF’s previous Managing Director, Richard Laufmann, said “the skills and facilities available through Gekko Systems are second to none."
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