Fresh Thinking by Optiro
19 - What is geometallurgy?
Sep 2, 2019 · 16 min
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The relatively new practice of geometallurgy is giving miners an additional tool to employ in their search for viable mineral reserves. Dr. Simon Dominy, an old friend of Optiro's and a leading geometallurgist joins Optiro's Director of Geology Ian Glacken to discuss the discipline and how it's being used in industry. 

In this episode:

1:32 What are the differences between geometallurgy, geology and metallurgy? 2:40 If you're going to be a geometallurgist, should you start out as a geologist or a metallurgist? 3:43 What are the sorts of problems we can tackle with geometallurgy? 4:41 You've talked about two types of geomet: strategic and tactical. What is the difference? 7:29 What's the relationship between geometallurgy and environmental management? 8:38 What is 'mine to mill' in the context of geometallurgy? 9:44 What would you characterise as a geomet block model? 11:29 Looking forward, what are the challenges going to be in geometallurgy? 13:35 Are all companies going to be able to benefit from geomet or is it only for the big companies? 14:37 Where can people find more information on the subject?

For more information:


Dominy SC, O’Connor L, Parbhakar-Fox A, Glass HJ, Purevgerel. S. 2018. Geometallurgy – a route to more resilient mine operations. Minerals, 8(560)

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