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AMIRA Newsflash - APRIL 2018

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. A special invitation to the AMIRA International "Ideas Factory" forum

  2. The Board of AMIRA International would like to extend an invitation to members to attend our first "Ideas Factory" forum for 2018 that will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 26 April. The forum will be held at the South Australian Drill Core Reference Library in Clovelly Park, Adelaide. (read more)

  3. AMIRA International will be presenting at The Future of Mining Sydney Conference 14-15 May 2018

  4. The Future of Mining conference takes place from 14-15 May in Sydney and addresses the key strategic and operational questions from project and operations level management through to the boardroom allowing attendees to discover the latest innovations and technologies which are driving mine productivity, efficiency and safety. (read more)

  5. AMIRA International's Chairman presenting at ALTA 2018

  6. Stephen Grocott, Chief Technical Development Officer, Clean TeQ and Chairman of AMIRA International will also be presenting at the ALTA 2018 held on 19-26 May 2018 in Perth. (read more)

 


AMIRA Newsflash - FEBRUARY 2018

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA Project P1061A - South American Exploration Initiative (SAXI): The tectonics, architecture and metallogeny of the Proterozoic of north-east South America

  2. An enthusiastic exploration community is supporting the first stage of this exciting new collaborative initiative.
    Designed to enhance the exploration potential of the Guiana Shield and neighbouring terranes, the outcomes of the project will also assist exploration companies to focus their exploration activities and help the local Geological Surveys build capacity and enhance their role in the provision of pre-competitive data and information. (read more)

  3. AMIRA P1185 - Superfine Crusher Technology (SFC) demonstration already shows significant efficiencies

  4. AMIRA's P1185 Superfine Crusher (SFC) Technology research team, consisting of IMPTEC and UniSA, have recently conducted trials to demonstrate the efficiency of this SFC technology. The results from the test work performed to date have shown that the IMPTEC Superfine Crusher easily crushes minus 35mm ore to a P75 of 75µm and the IMPTEC Planar Magnetic Separator runs equally well as a wet or dry process. (read more)

  5. AMIRA P9Q - The Optimisation of Mineral Processes by Modeling and Simulation delivers another sprint of models to benefit sponsors

  6. Amira International's P9Q Project had a two-day Sponsors Review Meeting in Johannesburg on the 21st and 22nd February 2018. The project team provided a walkthrough of the models delivered in the current phase of the project (HGPR, Dry Screen, Jig and SAG/AG) and a Knowledge Transfer session of the models with the sponsors in the Integrated Extraction Simulator platform. The team continues to allow the rapid translation of research to the end user. (read more)

 


AMIRA Newsflash - JANUARY 2018

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. Paul Maney joins the AMIRA International team as Program Director - Mine to Metals

  2. AMIRA International is excited to announce that Mr Paul Maney has joined as Program Director - Mine to Metal Business Unit. Paul will be responsible to manage and grow the Mine to Metal (M2M) portfolio on behalf of our membership at AMIRA International, which encompasses mining, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy value chain.

    Paul has extensive experience in operational (mining and processing), strategic and technical roles across gold, iron ore, coal, base metals and mineral sands having worked for explorers, mid-tier producers and global mining organisations. Paul joins us from BHP where he has held leadership roles in Group Technology’s Resource Engineering Technology team looking at tailings, water and energy; and Iron Ore’s Strategy, Development and Planning Department covering product management (quality, strategy and stewardship), metallurgy, processing, laboratories and mine geology. (read more)

  3. New members join AMIRA International

  4. AMIRA International is pleased to welcome six new companies who have joined as members to enjoy the benefits of collaborative research: Avanco Resources Ltd; Thomspon Creek Metals Company (a subsidiary of Centerra Gold Inc.); Clean TeQ Holdings Limited; Gengold Resource Capital Pty Ltd; Newgold Limited; Umicore NV (read more)

  5. 2017 Ralston Medal awarded to Professor Bill Skinner, Associate Professor Max Zanin and Dr Bellson Awatey

  6. AMIRA International would like to congratulate Professor Bill Skinner, Max Zanin and Dr Bellson Awatey for winning the prestigious 2017 Ralson Medal in Excellence in Physical Chemistry. Professors Bill Skinner and Max Zanin have been long-time collaborators for AMIRA International's P260 series of projects which is still ongoing in its current iteration - P260G Mineral Flotation. (read more)

 


AMIRA Newsletter - December 2017

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. Message from the Managing Director

  2. It is an exciting time for AMIRA International. Firstly, the new Constitution was approved by Members at the recent AGM. The Constitution was re-written to bring it into line with governance best practice and with recent legislative changes. One major amendment will see the number of Member-elected Directors reduced from 18 to a maximum of seven, plus the Managing Director. In addition, the Board has the power to appoint up to three independent Directors, should it be deemed necessary to bolster the skills on the Board.

  1. The Ideas Factory - December 2017

  2. On Thursday 7 December, Directors and guests were treated to a morning of stimulating presentations on a variety of topics. Six invited speakers participated in our Ideas Factory, an invitation-only event that accompanies the AMIRA International Board meetings. Read more...

  1. Unlocking South Australia's copper resources

  2. The University of Adelaide will lead an AU$14.6 million research consortium to develop advanced technologies to boost South Australias copper production and develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector in the state.

  1. Prof. David Cooke wins prestigious award and AMIRA's new P1202 project proposal

  2. AMIRA International is excited to report that long-time collaborator, Professor David Cooke (TMVC Utas) has been awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal for 2018. This medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, sponsored by Rio Tinto, for life-long achievement and outstanding contribution to science.

  1. Get Gamified! The Gamification Project

  2. AMIRA International together with Initiative is working with AMIRA members and the mining industry to look at challenges faced by the industry which can be solved through gamification. We are currently undertaking an engagement process with individual companies to identify and prioritise key challenges which can then be used to create a collaborative gamification project and strategy for implementation.

  1. AMIRA P420F Sponsor Review Meeting

  2. AMIRA International's P420F sponsors review meeting was recently held in Perth and attended by 21 Sponsors, with CRC ORE sending one representative. Sponsor representatives flew in from Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Canada and Norway and throughout Australia. In addition, eight sponsors attended the meeting via web conference from locations as far away as Brazil.

  1. AMIRA International WAXI and SAXI News

  2. The AMIRA International P934B Stage 3 of the West African Exploration Initiative moves into its final year with a successful and well attended sponsors meeting recently held in Accra, Ghana.

  1. Save the Date - 12th Biennial Exploration Managers Conference!

  2. AMIRA International's 12th Biennial Exploration Managers Conference will be held on 27-29 March 2019. The venue will be advised at a later date. Please keep your calendars free for this important conference. Attendance is by invitation only.

  1. AMIRA P705C Project Closes to Accolades

  2. The AMIRA International P705C Project, Improving Base Metal Electrowinning closed in November 2017 with one sponsor claiming great improvements directly resulting from involvement in the project. It is very rare that operating companies publish claims to benefits associated with collaborative research but just such claims were published in the National Institute of Science and Technology on Mineral Resources, Water and Biodiversity Activity Report 2016 Belo Horizonte. Read more...

  1. Prof. David Cooke wins prestigious award and AMIRA's new P1202 project proposal

  2. AMIRA International is excited to report that long-time collaborator, Professor David Cooke (TMVC Utas) has been awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal for 2018. This medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, sponsored by Rio Tinto, for life-long achievement and outstanding contribution to science.

  1. Prof. David Cooke wins prestigious award and AMIRA's new P1202 project proposal

  2. AMIRA International is excited to report that long-time collaborator, Professor David Cooke (TMVC Utas) has been awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal for 2018. This medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, sponsored by Rio Tinto, for life-long achievement and outstanding contribution to science.

  1. AMIRA International would like to extend to everybody a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and safe 2018!

  2. Please note that our offices will be closing from 17:00 Friday 22 December 2017, reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

  1. METS Ignited corner - Doors opening for METS accelerator graduates

  2. Congratulations to eight METS companies on the completion of the Igniting METS Accelerator in Brisbane last week. The Igniting METS Accelerator was a highly successful pilot program between METS Ignited and the Queensland State Government. It was Australia's first late-stage accelerator with the sole focus on METS companies.

  1. CEEC corner - 2018 CEEC Medal applications now opening

  2. Applications are now open for the 2018 CEEC Medal. The CEEC Medal recognises the contribution that outstanding research andfield work plays in improving energy-efficient comminution around the world. Granted annually, it recognises the authors of the most outstanding published paper, article or case study profiling improvements in energy-efficient comminution practice. Medals are awarded in two categories: (1) Technical research, and (2) Operations..

 

AMIRA Newsflash - NOVEMBER 2017

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. Prof. David Cooke wins prestigious award and AMIRA's new P1202 project proposal

  2. AMIRA International is excited to report that long-time collaborator, Professor David Cooke (TMVC Utas) has been awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal for 2018. This medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, sponsored by Rio Tinto, for life-long achievement and outstanding contribution to science.
    AMIRA International is currently circulating a proposal for P1202 Far Field and near mine footprints to find the next generation of Tier 1 ore deposits. This will continue the development of new and refined geochemical and geological tools for fertility assessments and vectoring in porphyry and epithermal districts, greenstone belts and carbonate-hosted mineral systems. These tools will ensure cost-effective exploration, with research outcomes pertinent to exploration at a variety of scales, from belt through camp and district to near mine. (read more)

  3. AMIRA's P1187 "Multispectral Ground Penetrating Radar" project is moving ahead!

  4. AMIRA International's P1187 "Multispectral Ground Penetrating Radar for rock characterisation under cover" project kicked off on the 17 October 2017 in Melbourne and is currently sponsored by 5 companies; BHP Billiton Group Operations Pty Ltd, First Quantum Minerals Ltd, Newcrest Mining Ltd, Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Ltd, and South32 Group Operations Pty Ltd. (read more)

 


What's Happening at AMIRA - Quarter 4, 2017

Read about the latest projects being undertaken by AMIRA International. These include programmes and projects which are currently in circulation, being developed and those which are in progress.


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Sharing the Benefits - AMIRA Newsletter

Sharing The Benefits is an AMIRA International Quarterly publication which round up of project digests, news from our Members, updates on international research and topical discussions.

Edition: April 2017 - Issue 45
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  1. Editorial - Mineral Exploration and Artificial Intelligence
  2. Synopsis of AMIRA 11th Biennial Exploration Managers Conference
  3. New AMIRA project is charged to deliver on costs, quality and occupational health
  4. JX Nippon Mining and Metals joins AMIRA International
  5. AMIRAs P1152 Bayer precipitation and Alumina Quality Project Closure
  6. AMIRA P1171 Dust Mitigation Technology proved in the Lab
  1. Special Paper: Bringing Mining into the Third Millennium (Article 3) - Dr Clifford Saunders
  2. New AMIRA P933C project titled Site demonstration of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage mitigation through source control is now looking to implement past successful research at mine sites
  3. AMIRA International Forum at PDAC | AMIRA at Indaba | AMIRA at the SME Conference
  4. AMIRAs P1150 Moisture control and reduction for iron ore conveyor systems Final SRM
  5. Roadmap for Exploration Under Cover - update
  6. AMIRA International signs MOU with METS Ignited | AMIRA International signs MOU with Minerals Council of Australia
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AMIRA Newsflash - FEBRUARY 2017

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA International P9Q a truly global project!

  2. The kickoff meeting for the P9Q Project was held on 8th February 2017 and was attended by representatives from all 9 sponsors and 6 researchers from around the world. The meeting was the beginning of a three year project which will deliver validated multi-component equipment models that will run in the Integrated Extraction Simulator (IES). The models to be delivered are... (read more)

  3. AMIRA International P9Q - the next stage

  4. The AMIRA P9Q project has been developed to respond to the current commodity price and global economic environment by offering a project focused on delivery to assist mining companies to deliver cost savings and operational improvement in the near term at mine sites and in mineral processing plants. (read more)

  5. Gold Processing Technology Course - Kalgoorlie

  6. AMIRA International is pleased to be associated with a 2-day course to be run by the AMIRA P420F Gold Processing Technology Group at Curtin University that will provide attendees with an understanding of the fundamentals and practical applications involved in gold processing with a particular emphasis on plant optimisation. Topics covered will include mineralogy, gravity recovery, flotation, cyanide leaching, CIP operations, carbon management, elution, electrowinning and smelting and refractory ore treatments. The course is open to the whole industry and participants will have the opportunity to discuss their plant practices and problems. (read more)

  7. Exploration Geoscience R&D - AMIRA International presenting at PDAC, Toronto

  8. This will be an opportunity to hear about how AMIRA International is working with stakeholders of the global exploration industry to improve exploration success. (read more)

 


AMIRA Newsflash - JANUARY 2017

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. P1183 Heap Leach Roadmap towards the Next Generation of collaborative heap leach technology and operations

  2. Heap leaching is a very important part of many mining companies portfolio of options for economic development of low grade ore reserves. In the current hard economic times with cutbacks in both personnel and budgets, collaboration to address common issues focusing on heap leaching can provide significant return on investment. (read more)

  3. P1167 In Situ Metal Recovery Roadmap a global industry initiative

  4. In Situ Metal Recovery (ISMR) has the potential to be a key enabling technology in the minerals industry, with the intention of extracting value from otherwise uneconomic mineral resources. To make this ideal a reality, a number of key technical hurdles need to be overcome. Unravelling some of the fundumental physio-chemical processes, as well as the development of various novel technologies, is still required for successful appliction of ISMR technology and this is considered to be a daunting task for individual companies. (read more)

  5. AMIRA International P1158: Process design options for refractory sulfide gold concentrates

  6. A significant contemporary challenge for many gold mining companies is to define economic process options for treating refractory and double refractory gold ore bodies. Refractory gold ores are those that do not yield high gold recoveries in conventional cyanide-leaching circuits, even when the ore is finely ground. (read more)

  7. Hackathon - Build the worlds first end2end multiplayer 3D Virtual Mining Rehearsal Environment video game

  8. The Centre for Applied Neuroscience in Business has joined forces with the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland to hold a Hackathon on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February on the UQ campus in Brisbane. We are working with the Director of SMI, Neville Plint, a former Chair of AMIRA International and VP of Innovation at AngloAmericans Centre for Experiential Learning in Johannesburg. We are challenging the SMI students and faculty, leading programmer groups and Mining Industry participants to jointly develop and build the worlds first end2end multiplayer 3D Virtual Mining Rehearsal Environment video game. (read more)

 


Value Proposition



AMIRA's Low Grade Copper Portfolio

AMIRA International has responded to the industry need to develop improved processing methods for economic recovery of low grade copper, by initiating the development of a number projects within its Low Grade Copper portfolio. This action was motivated by a number of factors including: the large, and growing, inventory of low grade copper resources that fall below the cut-off grade for conventional concentrate production, and the significant economic impact successfully implemented new technology would have on low grade copper resources.

The AMIRA International Low Grade Copper Portfolio comprises a number of related projects aimed at significantly changing the economic viability of the large inventory of ore resources that are just below the economic cut-off grade for conventional processing. The projects in the Low Grade Copper project are:


  1. P1134 - Heap Leach Scale-up for Liquid and Gas Dispersion
  2. P1135 - Continuous Saturated Coarse Particle (Vat) Leaching
  3. P1136 - In Situ Fracture Stimulation and Leaching
  4. P1129 - Micro-Capsule Leaching

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The 2017 Annual Report provides a comprehensive report of our activities and project developments. This annual report produced shows the years Project Portfolio and Financial Summary.
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