productivity loss in mining
That is the result of a study done by the international consulting group McKinsey. They state that mines worldwide lost roughly one third of their productivity in the years 2004-2014.
Declining ore grades pose a special challenge for mining operations. Of course there are various processing techniques to get the most out of the raw materials like leaching, thickening and flotation. But naturally they consume energy, chemicals and water. Which means that, to balance out the yield and the costs, the extraction processes must run at an optimum level. Especially in times of volatile markets and prices.
Leaching, flotation and thickening are fundamental steps in modern mining separation processes. Achieving an optimal separation however is a complex task due to the many interconnected variables. All three processes use chemicals which are one of the main cost drivers. And they consume also a lot of water, which in some mining regions can be a very scarce resource, which the plants first have to produce through processes like desalination of salt water for example.
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reduction of chemicals used.
reduction of hours spend on maintenance possible.
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