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The Use of Bioleaching Methods for the Recovery of Metals Contained in Sulfidic Mining Wastes

Abstract : Mining wastes can contain base and precious metals, but also metalloids and rare earth elements that are nowadays considered as highly critical for the industrial development of the European Union. The development of alternative routes to conventional processing is still required in order to decrease the cost associated with the treatment of these resources, which are more complex in composition and with lower grades. An ecologically acceptable and yet economic alternative for processing of low-grade sulphidic primary ores as well as mining wastes is the extraction of metals using bioleaching processes. The purpose of this study was to test the potential of bioleaching procedures for the extraction of residual metals contained in sulphide-rich tailing wastes coming from a European copper mine. These wastes are mainly composed of pyrite (60%) and contain cobalt (0.06 %) and gold (0.95 g/t). Bioleaching experiments were performed in 2 L stirred reactors in batch mode and in pilot tanks (110L) in continuous mode, using the "BRGM-KCC" bacterial consortia. High metal extractions were obtained (cobalt dissolution > 90%), which confirm that bioleaching is an effective process for this tailings material. Experimental results were used to design a global treatment process scheme and to perform a preliminary economic evaluation, showing good profitability of a hypothetical industrial project.
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Anne-Gwenaëlle Guezennec, Marie Delclaud, Frederic Savreux, Jérome Jacob, Patrick d'Hugues. The Use of Bioleaching Methods for the Recovery of Metals Contained in Sulfidic Mining Wastes. Hydrometallurgy 2014, Jun 2014, Victoria, Canada. 7 p. ⟨hal-00988746⟩



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