Medal for energy savings in mining industry

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The CEEC Board of Directors is delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 CEEC Medal. Following a thorough evaluation of the nominated papers, the selection committee shortlisted three outstanding papers.

“The standard of the papers nominated for the 2012 CEEC Medal is very good. Our review focused on aspects including the energy savings described in each paper, the ability to integrate the proposed solution into existing comminution circuits and the breadth of the evidence supporting the proposed strategy. We also sought papers which communicated ideas clearly and effectively” said Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic, CEEC Director, Principal Process Engineer at WorleyParsons, and Chair of the CEEC Medal Evaluation Committee.

The CEEC Medal is an annual award intended to recognise and celebrate the contribution of outstanding published papers, articles or case studies profiling beneficial strategies for eco-efficient comminution.  CEEC announced the launch of the Medal in November 2011.

“The CEEC Medal is intended to bring attention to “best-in-class” research or documentation in the field of eco-efficient comminution. This area of mineral processing provides significant opportunities for improved profit and energy savings in the mining industry” noted CEEC Chairman Elizabeth Lewis-Gray.

The CEEC Medal raises the status of beneficial eco-efficient comminution strategies by:

  • Recognising and celebrating individuals or teams who make an outstanding contribution in the field of beneficial eco-efficient comminution strategies.
  • Acknowledging individuals or teams who contribute to building global knowledge of beneficial eco-efficient comminution practices by sharing examples of best practice and leadership in eco-efficient comminution and inspiring similar excellence in others.
  • Identifying those who build greater awareness and understanding in the wider community of the benefits of knowledge transfer in the area of eco-efficient comminution and energy savings.

The CEEC Medal Evaluation Committee thoroughly reviewed the nominated papers assessing aspects including originality, applicability, supporting research and documentation, prospective impact, potential energy savings, and presentation style. The results of this assessment process were presented to the CEEC Board for its final approval.

Of the 13 papers nominated for the 2012 CEEC medal, the three papers shortlisted were:

  • Buckingham, L., Dupont J-F., Stieger, J., Blain, B., Brits, C., Improving Energy Efficiency in Barrick Grinding Circuits (2011). Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Autogenous and Semi-Autogenous Grinding Technology (SAG2011)
  • Amelunxen P., Meadows, D. Not another HPGR trade off study (2011).Minerals & Metallurgical Processing Journal, February - Volume 28, No. 1.
  • Rybinski, E., Ghersi, J., Davila, F., Linares J., Valery, W., Jankovic, A., Valle, R., Dikmen S., Optimisation and Continuous improvement of the Antamina Comminution Circuit  (2011) Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Autogenous and Semi-Autogenous Grinding Technology (SAG2011).

Optimisation and continuous improvement of the Antamina Comminution Circuit by Rybinski et al was unanimously selected as the winner. The judges complimented the paper saying that the study was thorough and achieved significant operational improvement. The paper illustrates a strong partnership between a mining company and a supplier working together to achieve a superior outcome. The paper is seen as a classical study, well supported by evidence using a clear and implementable methodology. The data is clearly presented, easily understood and involves some important innovation.

The CEEC Medal is intended to encourage publications and presentations in eco-efficient comminution, to accelerate knowledge transfer in this topic. In awarding this Medal, the CEEC Board welcomes feedback on the process, and guidelines for future years.

About CEEC:

CEEC (Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution) was established in 2011 to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry.  CEEC is a not-for-profit company funded by grants from the mineral industry, whose mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution.

CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Launched in May 2011, CEEC is sponsored by Teck Resources Ltd, Gold Fields Ltd, Ausenco, Newcrest Mining Ltd, Xstrata Technology Ltd, Outotec, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech Ltd, Sustainable Mineral Institute, Gekko Systems, Russell Mineral Equipment, and IndoPhil Resources Nl.

CEEC has a comprehensive web site with a selected library of papers and presentations relating to eco-efficient comminution. Regular blog contributions are posted in the web site, as well as on CEEC’s LinkedIn Group. Over 500 global LinkedIn members participate in debate and knowledge sharing through this group.

CEEC awards a Medal annually for the most outstanding paper on eco-efficient comminution, details may be found on the CEEC web site. Nominations for the 2013 Medal close on March 15 2013.

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