This installation will see two Jameson Cells producing copper concentrates for First Quantum Minerals’ Cobre Panama mine in Panama.
Virginia Lawson, Jameson Cell manager at Glencore Technology, said that the Jameson Cells will be operating in parallel with two flotation columns in the copper cleaning circuit.
She explained: “The cells will be producing final grade concentrate, with the tails being treated by conventional cells. The flexibility in the cell design has allowed for the cells to be sited on pre-existing flotation column foundations. The cells come supplied with wash water systems, which enables final grade concentrate to be produced. The Jameson Cells for this project are our J4500/12 model; they are rather compact, and this has allowed for them to fit easily into the existing plant design.”
Paul Telford, general manager at Glencore Technology, added that there has been a renewed interest for energy efficient flotation and grinding technology which can be fitted into existing plants, as well as new installations, resulting in high levels of enquiries for Jameson Cells as well as IsaMills.
Jameson Cells are currently being installed at McArthur River in Australia’s Northern Territory for zinc cleaning duties, as well as being constructed for the Collahuasi mine in Chile. An IsaMill is also being installed in an African copper operation.