Biomining by Pieter C. van Aswegen, Jan van Niekerk, Waldemar Olivier

By Pieter C. van Aswegen, Jan van Niekerk, Waldemar Olivier (auth.), Douglas E. Rawlings, D. Barrie Johnson (eds.)

Biomining is the biotechnology that makes use of microorganisms to get better metals, specifically copper and gold, from ores and concentrates. Having constructed from a very easy operational (in phrases of either engineering and biology) technique, biomining has built right into a multifaceted know-how, to the level that a number of the greatest business stirred tanks and tons through the international are hired for bioprocessing minerals.

This publication has a robust utilized procedure and describes rising and validated commercial techniques, in addition to the underlying conception of the method, and the biology of the microorganisms concerned. Chapters were written through group of workers from top biomining businesses, specialists and the world over well-known researchers and academics.

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Were always in the majority on the solids. The growth of S. thermosulfidooxidans like bacteria seemed to be favored by less intensive agitation–aeration operating conditions. In laboratory batch tests with pyrite, At. thiooxidans like bacteria were always present in significant numbers at the beginning of the tests; however, Leptospirillum spp. always appeared as the major contributor to Bioleaching of a Cobalt-Containing Pyrite in Stirred Reactors 39 bioleaching, especially at industrial scale in continuous conditions.

The iron-to-arsenic molar ratio has a strong effect on the stability of ferric arsenate precipitates, with the stability increasing as the iron-to-arsenic molar ratio increases from 1 to 16. It is, however, generally accepted that ferric arsenates produced from liquors containing iron-to-arsenic molar ratios of 3–4 or more are sufficiently stable for land disposal. The coprecipitation of gypsum and the presence of base metals (Zn, Cu, Cd) also increases the stability of the ferric arsenate precipitates.

1%. A mineralogical investigation on the combination biooxidation product indicated the presence of a large percentage of gypsum and lower concentrations of iron oxides and hydroxides in the product sample as a result of precipitation reactions. The focus during the cyanidation optimization stage was to ensure that gold recovery was maintained above 97% while reducing cyanide addition to below the 28 kg t−1 required for the Fairview BIOX™ product. 6 kg t−1 cyanide. Experience over the years has shown that, as a rule of thumb, a minimum free cyanide concentration of 500 mg L−1 is required in the leach solution to achieve acceptable gold recoveries.

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