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Copper Removal & Cyanide Regeneration by SART

The SART Process

Gold/silver ores that contain a relatively high level of leachable copper may yield leach solution with an unacceptably high copper concentration. An excessively high copper concentration increases cyanide consumption and may have the deleterious effect of overwhelming the ability of activated carbon to effectively adsorb gold/silver. Copper removal from leach solution can be accomplished through the addition of sulfide at acidic pH to precipitate copper sulfide as a solid. The term Sulfidization-Acidification-Recycle-Thickening (SART) has been recently coined as an acronym for the copper sulfide precipitation process.

The primary reaction in the SART process for simultaneous copper removal and cyanide regeneration is:

The SART process allows higher-copper ores to be included in the mine plan, while addressing issues associated with excessively high copper concentrations in leach solution.

Project Support from Elbow Creek

Elbow Creek is available to assist you with evaluating, designing and upgrading the SART process by providing:

Read more about process modeling for the SART copper removal and cyanide regeneration process in Managing Copper in Leach Solution at the Çöpler Gold Mine: Laboratory Testing and Process Design. The Çöpler SART plant was supported by Elbow Creek beginning with process modeling of the entire metallurgical circuit, followed by laboratory testing (batch and continuous throughput), preparation of a Process Design Package, providing technical support during detailed engineering and procurement, and concluding with commissioning of the plant (including training of operators and preparation of the plant operations manual).

Read more about development of the Yanacocha SART process in Copper Precipitation and Cyanide Recovery Pilot Testing for the Newmont Yanacocha Project.

Continuous Throughput SART Laboratory Testing

SART Flowsheet Modeling with METSIM

SART Plant Detailed Design Technical Oversight

Full-Scale SART Plant Construction & Commissioning

Take advantage of the experience Elbow Creek has gained as a process consultant at the following SART operations:

The SART Process Flow Diagram   (download as pdf)