Ball Mill Poly-Met Liner Evaluation at PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara – Batu Hijau Mine

Volume Title: 12th Mill Operators' Conference 2014

The grinding circuit at PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT) – Batu Hijau mine consists of two SABC (semi-autogenous milling, ball milling, pebble crushing) trains, including four 20′ × 33′6″ ball mills that have been lined with steel liners since the commissioning of the plant in 1999. During 2011 and 2012 an industrial trial was conducted to evaluate Poly-Met liners (a combination of rubber and steel liners). These new liners were installed in two of the ball mills (ball mills 1 and 2) and operated in parallel with ball mills 3 and 4 with steel liners.

The objective of the trial was to compare the plant performance with the Poly-Met and steel ball mill liners with regards to wear life, mill throughput, grind size and total unit costs. The trial was conducted over the entire life of the liners. The evaluation methodology implemented consisted of frequent spot sampling around the ball mill circuits, complete surveys/audits in both ball mills, and detailed analysis of process data. This paper presents the results of the industrial trial and main conclusions.


Maclean, A, Wirfiyata, F, Khomaeni, G, Jankovic, A, Pasin, G and Valery, W, 2014. Ball mill Poly-Met liner evaluation at PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara – Batu Hijau mine, in Proceedings 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2014 , pp 255–262 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).