Can sorting affect mine strategy?
Minerals are non-renewable resources.
Over time, miners have to go deeper to find new reserves, which may be lower quality than before. This means that processing these ores becomes more challenging, and costs may be higher. A group of technologies called ‘sorting technologies’ work by sorting high quality ore from low quality ore between mining and processing.
There have been many developments in this field in recent years. In this study, we analysed the effect of sorting technologies on mining strategy, trying to answer questions like “Can sorting technologies make mines more profitable?” and “Do sorting technologies change the optimal mine design, when it comes to size and rate?”.
Future energy and resources
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Tristram Malachy McNamara Fyfe