G S ANDERSON1 AND N W MCDONALD2
13TH AUSIMM MILL OPERATORS’ CONFERENCE, PERTH, WA, 10-12 OCTOBER 2016.
The IsaMill™ was originally developed to address liberation issues at Mount Isa Mines (now Glencore) operations, McArthur River and Mount Isa in the early 1990s. Following on from the industrial success at those operations, the IsaMill™ was commercialised. In the year 2000, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) became the first external user of the technology with a 1.1 MW M3000 IsaMill™ installed to supplement the roaster capacity at its Gidji Processing Plant. The IsaMill™ was used to ultra-fine grind about 10 t/h of pyrite flotation concentrate to 10-12 µm prior to gold cyanide leaching. Based on the success of the Gidji installation, another was installed at the processing plant at KCMG’s Fimiston operation in 2002 in a similar duty.
In 2014, a 3 MW M10000 IsaMill™ was selected to replace the roasters at Gidji as part of the A$98 M emissions reduction project. The mill was commissioned in April 2015 at the design 30 t/h, allowing the immediate shutdown of the two roasters. Replacement of roasting with ultra-fine grinding completely eliminated air emissions at Gidji while maintaining overall plant production rates.
This paper details the history of the IsaMill™ at KCGM from the original M3000 to the latest M10 000. It covers the basis of the process selection, circuit design, operating and maintenance data.