Gekko Systems, Australia’s leading developer of mineral-processing equipment, announced today that South American mining company, Minera Santa Cruz, has ordered five inline leach reactors (ILRs) for its San Jose mining project in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. The order comprises Gekko Systems’ innovative ILRs, purpose-designed silver electro-winning cells, and associated equipment.
Minera Santa Cruz, jointly owned by Hochschild Mining Argentina Corporation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hochschild Mining and Minera Andes), commenced gold and silver mining operations during 2007. Hochschild Mining utilizes Gekko Systems’ ILRs for its Selene silver and gold mining operation in Peru. Gekko also installed a direct electro-winning system for the recovery of silver and gold.
“Extracting silver from flotation concentrates at such high recovery rates, and therefore being able to produce silver dore on site, provides mining companies with considerable market advantage”, said Sandy Gray, technical director of Gekko Systems.
“Traditionally, silver concentrates are sold to smelters. Producers are therefore exposed to fluctuations in international market prices for silver; to smelter processing timetables over which they have little control; and to payment schemes determined by end-of-smelter processing schedules,” said Mr Gray. “Gekko Systems’ ILRs can eliminate these problems by returning on-site control of production processes to mining companies such as Minera Santa Cruz.”
Other savings associated with Gekko Systems’ advanced technologies include more favorable transport, insurance, security and refinery charges; removal of after-processing payment uncertainties; and increased production outcomes.
“Gekko Systems offers innovative, cost-effective solutions for mining companies”, said Mr Gray. “As importantly, our ILRs and associated silver electro-winning cells represent a step-change in gold and silver concentrate recovery.”
“We are delighted that the extensive collaboration between Gekko Systems, Hochschild Mining and Minera Santa Cruz has resulted in this order. As importantly, we are very pleased with the endorsement such an order provides for Australian ingenuity and knowhow. We wish Minera Santa Cruz well and look forward to further associations with owners Hochschild Mining and Minera Andes”, said Mr Gray.