The 180-or-so papers covered mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, electro-refining
, fabrication, applications and environmental factors, as well as corporate strategies and the economic outlook.
In order to keep pace with the growing international refining market, AMI DODUCO has modernized and expanded its silver electrolysis plant, creating a new type of facility with numerous improvements over the traditional Moebius method of electro-refining
Then the ISA electro-refining process produces high quality copper cathodes in the refinery.
This latest expansion cost $A88 million and included the sinking of the new Robinson shaft, the installation of Australia's largest autogenous mill, additions to the flotation sections, two new CCD thickeners, an electric slag-cleaning furnace, a new anode furnace gas cleaning plant, additional electro-refining cells and new evaporation ponds.
Electrolytic processes account for over 95% of the world's refined copper, with most coming via the conventional route of concentration, smelting and electro-refining
for sulphide ores.