Cyanide production technology wins top prize at IChemE Global Awards 2014

first_imgCyanide, and the process of cyanidation, is the most efficient method for extracting gold and silver from low grade ore. However, it is highly toxic and its manufacture, transport and handling pose major safety and environmental challenges.Australia-based Synergen Met Pty Ltd, in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ), beat over 60 other entries to the Overall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering in 2014 for their process plant that manufactures cyanide on location at the minesite.The development reduces costs by up to 50% and avoids the need to transport, store and handle large volumes of hazardous solid and liquid sodium cyanide. In addition to collecting the top prize, the Synergen Met and UQ entry, called “Modular On-site Cyanide Production Unit”, was also presented with the Core Chemical Engineering Award. Christopher Dunks, Managing Director at Synergen Met Pty Ltd, said: “This award validates the importance of our site based cyanide production unit and the paradigm shift it generates for the supply of cyanide to the global mining community. It also validates the important impact it will have on communities affected by mines and the impact of removing cyanide from transport networks.”“IChemE President, Professor Geoff Maitland, said: “Few professions have the power globally to shape and improve the future. Chemical engineers have this privilege and this year’s IChemE Global Awards illustrate how our profession is setting new standards in healthcare, energy, water, safety and a more sustainable planet, including supporting some of the poorest people in the world. The IChemE Global Awards − with the generous support of our sponsors − represent the hard work, inventiveness and achievements of thousands of chemical engineers across the world, and we are proud to host them on behalf of the profession. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entries for this year’s IChemE Awards, and especially the winners, who have shown that chemical engineering really does matter.”The Awards – which celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries – were hosted by BBC News’ Kate Silverton and held in association with Saudi Aramco at Cheltenham Racecourse on 6 November 2014.last_img read more

Star – Orion South diamond project approved by Provincial Minister of Environment

first_imgThe Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has approved Star Diamond Corp’s Star – Orion South diamond project, located in the Fort à la Corne diamond district of central Saskatchewan, Canada, on mineral dispositions held 100% by Star Diamond. The Environment Minister of Saskatchewan Dustin Duncan announced approval for the Project under The Environmental Assessment Act, indicating the “The Star-Orion South Diamond Mine is a major development with the potential to bring jobs to the area and diversify Saskatchewan’s economy”.Kenneth E. MacNeill, President and CEO states: “This approval, alongside the previous positive Federal decision, marks a major milestone towards the development of a diamond mine in Saskatchewan. We have previously demonstrated that the proposed Star – Orion South project can be successfully constructed and operated and are very pleased that it has now received positive federal and provincial environmental decisions. This milestone is the result of the significant work and effort of the Ministry, our technical team and consultants, and represents our commitment to our stakeholders and the community surrounding the project. As illustrated by the PEA, the project has the potential to generate billions of dollars of corporate and municipal taxes and royalties, while also providing direct employment for hundreds of people throughout the construction phase and some 700 people continuously over its 38 year mine life.”Star Diamond’s Star – Orion South diamond project is located in central Saskatchewan some 60 km east of the city of Prince Albert. The project is in close proximity to established infrastructure, including paved highways and the electrical power grid, which provide significant advantages for future mine development.The Corporation recently announced the positive results of the PEA on the project. This estimates that 66 Mct of diamonds could be recovered in a surface mine over a 38-year project life, with an NPV (7%) of $2.0 billion after tax, an IRR of 19% and an after-tax payback period of 3.4 years after the commencement of diamond production.last_img read more