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Bio-hydrometallurgy : an alternative to pyrometallurgy for copper recovery in a polymineral concentrate

Abstract : The copper concentrate used in this study is produced by flotation of a black shale organic rich ore. This resource is a carbonate-rich, polymineral concentrate. In the last 5-6 years, ore characteristics changed and the concentrate grades degraded. This study evaluated bioleaching of the concentrate in stirred tank reactors as an alternative to the pyrometallurgical technology that is currently applied, and which may no longer be feasible in future given the concentrate chemistry. The first part of the study focused on testing non-traditional operating conditions during continuous bioleaching experiments: high solids concentration (> 20% solids), reduced agitation and aeration rates. For the same residence time, bioleaching performance at high solids loading (25%) were the same as those reached during previous bioleaching experiments at 15% solids. No mixing or microbial issues were encountered. The bacterial consortium used in the experiments demonstrated a high copper tolerance. The second part of the study was devoted to technology development for metal recovery from copper bearing solutions obtained during bioleaching experiments. Due to the high copper concentration of the leachate, solvent extraction prior to electrowinning was not necessary. After iron removal, high quality copper cathodes (morphology and composition) were obtained from the PLS by electrowinning.
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Anne-Gwenaëlle Guezennec, Michal Hanke, Andrzej Chmielarz, Catherine Joulian, Yannick Menard, et al.. Bio-hydrometallurgy : an alternative to pyrometallurgy for copper recovery in a polymineral concentrate. Hydrometallurgy 2014, Jun 2014, Victoria, Canada. 10 p. ⟨hal-00988744⟩

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