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MEI Online: People News: North America: March 10th 2003


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:: Michael Rylatt Winner of Bill Moore Special Achiever Award

This yearís winner of the Bill Moore Special Achiever Award is Mike Rylatt, Process Plant Manager, BHP Diamonds Incorporated. This Award is presented from time to time to a member of the Canadian Mineral Processors Division of C.I.M. who warrants special recognition for meritorious service to the Division or for an outstanding technical contribution to the mineral processing industry.


Mike Rylatt (left) accepting The Bill Moore Special Achiever Award from Mike Smith
Mike Rylatt (left) accepting The Bill Moore Special Achiever Award from Mike Smith

Michael Rylatt received the Award in recognition of his bringing the technical knowledge of diamond recovery methods to Canada and for bringing the countryís first diamond plant into operation. Armed with a Bachelorís Science degree in Mineral Processing from Leeds University, UK, Michael began his career in 1976 with the National Coal Board. There he trained in the operation of jigs, heavy media separation plants, thickeners and other gravity separation equipment, eventually becoming responsible for shift operation of an 800 ton per hour coal preparation plant. After five years he emigrated to Namibia to put his expertise to work into recovering diamonds at CDM (Pty) Limitedís 1,000 ton per hour alluvial diamond plant. He returned to England in 1985 to work at the famed Geevor Tin Mines plant for two years, then with Mitchell Cotts as a commissioning engineer

1988 found Michael back into diamonds, working on contract to RST International Limited supervising production of four alluvial diamond plants in Angola. Following the contract he decided to stay in Africa, joining Van Eck & Laurie (Pty) Limited in Johannesburg as a Process Engineer designing and commissioning processing plants for coal, diamonds, andalusite and chromite. After a brief period once again in England, this time with Separation Products Limited, he eventually came to Canada in 1994 to work with BHP Diamonds Inc. to work on their Ekati Diamond project in the North West Territories.


Michael was responsible for flowsheet development, equipment selection and detailed design approval of the new Ekati diamond plant. He was responsible for commissioning, on which he presented a paper to CMPís 31st Annual Meeting, and has been Plant Manager there since 1997.

Michael was clearly responsible for bringing diamond upgrading technology to Canada and for the success of the Ekati diamond plant. He is highly regarded by his co-workers and colleagues, and was nominated for award by the Vancouver Branch of C.I.M..




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