“We’re literally tapping into the pipeline that runs to Blayney,” said Moly Project manager, Malcolm McPhan.
“We divert the copper concentrate from the pipeline on its way to Blayney to the Moly Plant where we extract the Moly via a flotation process, then we pump it back into that pipeline and send it on its merry way to Blayney.”
The small flotation plant is made of a series of flotation cells, thickeners, a grinding mill, dryer, scrubber, bagging plant and lots of instrumentation to control it all. The level of control and automation provided for the Moly Plant is world class to optimise recoveries and concentrate grades.
The plant has been designed using the latest intelligent 3D modelling software which has already provided excellent insights throughout the design process and should offer substantial benefits over conventional packages during construction and commissioning.
At a project cost of $130million, it is employing 140 people during construction and about 15 full time roles will be created when operational to produce about 4.1 million pounds (lbs) of Molybdenum per annum, with a reduction in AISC (life of mine average) of A$67/oz.
Malcolm and his team will commence commissioning the plant towards the end of this year with the intent of handing the plant over to Operations by June.