$1,400.00 – $1,750.00 + GST
This 1-day course has been designed for engineers, geologists, mineralogists, environmental scientists, plant operators, marketers, financial advisors and those either dealing with mineral processing (extractive metallurgy) or wanting a better understanding of the principles of extractive metallurgy.
The focus of the course is to look at the science of mineral processing from a non-metallurgist’s point of view. It explores principles of geology, mineralogy, chemistry, mineral processing and economics as they apply to mineral processing unit operations and explains in simple terms, from how metal is geologically detected, extracted from various rocks and minerals to the final metal product.
The course provides an overview of extractive metallurgical principles in the design and operation of process plants but also discusses issues such as metallurgical testwork, metallurgical accounting, environmental management and other common aspects of practical extractive metallurgy.
- Mineral Processes: Mineralogy – Geometallurgy – Ore Terminology- Types of Minerals- Ore Processing – Comminution – Particle Technology – Transport and Storage – Mineral Beneficiation and Extraction – Separation and Classification Processes (Dry and Wet) – Chemical Processes – Hydrometallurgy -Thermal Processes – Pyrometallurgy – Purification and Recovery Processes – Environmental Management
- Schematic Flow Diagram of Mineral Processing
- Ore Preparation Unit Operations: Discussion/Examples and Animations
- Ore Processing/Ore Size Reduction: Crushing – Milling – Various – Comminution
- Particle Technology: Stockpiling – Sorting – Size Separation – Screens and Grizzlies – Feeding – Conveying Storage – Cleaning – Thickening – Filtering Drying – Pollution Control
- Metal Production
Mineral Beneficiation and Extraction: Separation and Classification Processes (Dry and Wet) – Physical – Gravity and Density (wet and dry) – Jigs – Cyclones – Heavy Medium Separation – Physical Processes (wet and dry) – Flotation (Process, Circuits and Surface Chemistry) Magnetic and Electrostatic Separation
Chemical Processes (Hydrometallurgy): Leaching – Chemistry and Reaction Kinetics – Leaching Processes – Counter Current Decantation and Washing – Solution Concentration and Purification – Cementation and Precipitation – Solvent Extraction (SX) – Activated Carbon (CIL and CIP) – Ion Exchange (RIP) – Metal Production – Electrowinning – Typical Flowsheets
Thermal Processes (Pyrometallurgy): Pyrometallurgical Pre- Treatment Processes – Roasting – Calcination – Drying; Smelting – Converting – Refining
- Process Specific Flowsheet and Optimisation Section (For example Gold, BMS, PGM, Iron Ore, etc. specific) – Process Flowsheet – Process Optimisation
- Environmental Management: Environmental Risks – Baseline Assessments, Approvals and Compliance – Tailings Disposal – Water Pollution – Dust Control
- Metal Accounting and Costs: Metallurgical Accounting – Basic Principles – Operating Costs – Fixed/Variable relationships – Components (labour, stores, power, overheads etc).- Capital Costs – Components (direct, indirect and contingencies) – Accuracy & precision – Estimation (scaling, 2/3 rule)
- Typical processes for Major Commodities
- Metal and Mineral final products and applications
Please see below for more detailed course content and the presenter.
We offer a 5% discount if you register for two or more courses or register more than one person for a single course, OR a 10% discount for AIG and AusIMM members.
AIG/AusIMM member coupon code: AIG-AusIMM – You can enter the coupon code when you view your cart/basket. Your AIG or AusIMM membership must be current for you to use the coupon code.
Payments are made via the SecurePay payment gateway which accepts Visa and Mastercard only. All prices are in Australian Dollars. Training held in Australia incurs GST.
You can add the names of additional attendees at the checkout.
Dr Leon Lorenzen CPEng, CEng, PrEng, FIEAust, FAusIMM, FIChemE, FSAIMM, MAICD
Leon has more than 32 years of in-depth experience in mineral processing and chemical engineering. Leon started his career in the metallurgical and mineral processing industries, more specifically the gold and uranium industry where he spent most of his early career as a mineral processing engineer and research manager. Thereafter he worked as a researcher, lecturer, professor and manager (Dean) in the academic environment. Since moving to Australia, Leon has worked as Innovation Project Manager, Research Manager and Metallurgical Manager in the nickel industry, Group General Manager – Metallurgy and Corporate in a mining consulting company, and Executive Manager of Projects and Studies for an engineering company. Leon is currently the Executive Consultant for Lorenzen Consultants, an expert knowledge based service provider. Apart from his practical experience, Leon has published 76 peer reviewed journal publications, 3 book chapters and 3 patents in the chemical engineering and metallurgical engineering literature, presented his work at more than 250 international forums and conferences and chaired many conferences.
This course has been designed specifically for non-metallurgists who are working, investing, financing or associated with the mining industry. This is a course for those who want to gain a greater knowledge about the key fundamentals of the mine cycle and the mining industry.
“Great course. Very informative. Now understand better. Good notes!”
“Explained all aspects of different methods very well. Content was understood and explained very well.”
“All parts extremely informative. Really good, and excellent course presenter.”
“Great presenter. Great course notes book. Lots of diagrams and photos to supplement text slides – very useful.”
“Dr Leon Lorenzen is a great speaker; lots of positive energy. A pleasure to learn from. Also, the Optiro environment in the office is extremely pleasant.”
Professional Development Rating
This course has been awarded an 8 PD Hours rating from both AIG and the AusIMM.
What we provide
Optiro will provide course reference notes, morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.
All attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance.
This course is also available as either On-site or On-line training.