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ArticleName Development of a combined processing technology for low-sulfide gold-bearing ores
DOI 10.17580/or.2021.02.01
ArticleAuthor Koyzhanova A. K., Kenzhaliev B. K., Magomedov D. R., Abdyldaev N. N.

Satbayev University, JSC «Institute of Metallurgy and Ore Benefication» (Almaty, Kazakhstan):

Koyzhanova A. K., Head of Laboratory, Candidate of Engineering Sciences,
Kenzhaliev B. K., General Director, Doctor of Engineering Sciences, Professor
Magomedov D. R., Junior Researcher
Abdyldaev N. N., Lead Engineer,


This paper presents the results of laboratory dressability studies for low-sulfide gold-bearing ores using combined processing and subsequent oxidation leaching of the resulting combined concentrate. According to the current raw materials processing circuit used at the Sekisovskoye deposit, gravity concentration experiments were first carried out using the following laboratory equipment: a Knelson KSMD 3 centrifugal concentrator, an SKO-05 concentration table, and a two-chamber diaphragm jigging machine (i.e., OML by TsNIGRI). A significant portion (0.5 to 1.0 g/t) of the gold remains in the gravity concentration tailings. Subsequent flotation experiments for the tailings suggest that additional gold recovery is possible. The gold content in the final flotation tailings was in the range of 0.15–0.25 g/t. The final gold recovery in the combined process was therefore 93.7–96.5 %. The subsequent sorption cyanidation of the concentrate according to the current processing circuit allows depositing an average of 75.0–80.0 % Au on the coal. At the same time, the residual gold content in the sorption leaching tailings is significant and amounts to 3.6–7.5 g/t. The preliminary oxidation experiments for the concentrate slurry indicate the possibility of a more complete gold recovery with subsequent leaching, including sorption leaching. The residual gold content in the cakes was measured at 0.7–1.5 g/t, which ultimately yielded 95–96 % recovery at the leaching stage.
The research was completed with the financial support of the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan under grant No. АР05130143.

keywords Gold-bearing low-sulphide ore, mineral composition, phase composition, gravity concentration, gold recovery, concentrate, tailings, oxidizing agent

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