Cominco's Trail zinc pressure leach operation

Abstract The world's first zinc pressure leaching plant at Cominco's Trail operations started production in 1981. Sullivan zinc concentrate is leached at the rate of 190 tpd in a four-compartment autoclave at elevated temperatures and oxygen pressures to produce a zinc sulphate solution and elemental sulphur. Zinc extraction exceeds 98% and sulphide to elemental sulphur conversion exceeds 95%.
The sulphur is recovered from the discharged slurry in the underflow of a hydrocyclone, and is upgraded as a flotation concentrate. The concentrate is dewatered, melted and filtered to produce a polished sulphur product of better than 99% purity. An alternative sulphur recovery process employs an unique sulphur separation method that recovers over 90% of the sulphur in the molten state. The remaining sulphur is recovered by flotation following flash discharge of the slurry. The product slurry containing the zinc sulphate solution and the iron-lead residue joins the existing roast-leach zinc plant for purification and zinc electrowinning.
Keywords: Extractive metallurgy, Zinc pressure leaching plant, Zinc, Pressure leaching, Sulphur recovery, Flotation.
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Summary: A helicopter-borne geophysical survey was flown in 1978 over selected areas on Kyushu Island, Japan. The principal sensors were a moving source electro-magnetic system and a magnetometer. Maps of apparent resistivity were generated from the EM data. Based on the resistivity signature of known deposits within the survey areas, targets were selected for ground follow-up. Drilling of one such target in late 1980 resulted in the discovery of a gold deposit from which full production will begin in...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): IAN M. JOHNSON, MINORU FUJITA
Keywords: Mineral exploration, Electromagnetic survey, Drilling, Gold deposits, Geophysics, Hishikari gold deposits.
Issue: 876
Volume: 78
Year: 1985
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Summary: Zonation patterns are well developed in the mafic meta-volcanic rocks that host epigenetic quartz-carbonate-gold vein mineralization at the Hollinger-Mclntyre deposit. Carbonate alteration assemblages are strongly zoned about mineralization. Proceeding inward from background greenschist fades rocks to alteration envelopes enclosing individual veins, the following assemblages are observed: Assemblage I—quartz-albite-chlorite-epidote-actinolite-(calcite) Assemblage II—quartz-albite-...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): TED J. SMITH, STEPHEN E. KESLER
Keywords: Mineral exploration, Fluid inclusion, Geochemistry, Wallrock alteration, Gold mineralization, Zoning patterns, Trace elements, Economic geology
Issue: 876
Volume: 78
Year: 1985
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): J. DUNCAN CRONE
Keywords: Mineral exploration, Pulse EM survey, Ore deposits, Massive sulphides, Drilling, Geophysics, Boreholes.
Issue: 876
Volume: 78
Year: 1985
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Summary: Brogan coal containing mean averages of 6,93% w/w total sulphur (1.1% sulphate sulphur, 1.6% organic sulphur and 4.24% pyritic sulphur) and 16.34% mineral ash was used as the test coal in these studies.
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.G.L McCREADY, MARCOS ZENTILLI
Keywords: Coal reclamation, Waste dumps, Bacterial leaching, Acid mine drainage.
Issue: 876
Volume: 78
Year: 1985
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Summary: The Gondor Zn-Ag-Pb-Cu deposit is a stratabound massive sulphide lens occurring within Archean volcanidastic rocks of the Yellowknife Supergroup. The deposit is located in the west-central portion of the Slave Structural Province, approximately 350 km north of Yellowknife. Initial diamond drilling at Gondor has outlined a steeply-dipping, L-shaped, folded, massive sulphide body, which may be traced over a strike length of approximately 800 m, and to a depth of 350 m. True widths of up to 40 m...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): D.S. BUBAR, J.B. HESLOP
Keywords: Mineral exploration, Geology, Massive sulphide deposits, Gondor deposit, Slave Province, Drilling, Wallrock alteration, Stratigraphy.
Issue: 876
Volume: 78
Year: 1985
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