Randy Agius and Sandy Gray have signed an agreement at Gekko’s head office in Ballarat, Australia, to establish the Gekko Cyanide Detox group. Mr Agius is the global knowledge leader in this field and approached Gekko earlier this year to establish a dedicated cyanide detox group within the Gekko organisation. The group will utilise his knowledge of cyanide detox chemistry and industry relationships to create a total solutions Gekko CN Detox Group.
Mr Agius commented, "Gekko’s chemical engineering skills from its intensive leach division provides an excellent platform for this alliance and will ensure that my knowledge and skills in this specialist area are retained within industry for the long term. This is a classic ‘one plus one equals four’ scenario".
Gekko’s global footprint, modular design and construction capability will also provide additional value to the combined group, who will be able to offer customers a specialised package for greenfield projects from testwork through to installation and ongoing service of a fully-engineered modular system. The brownfield projects will be more focused on the ongoing audit and optimisation of current cyanide detox systems, operating under Gekko’s Advantage Plus service support agreements.
Sandy Gray, Gekko’s technical director, commented on the importance of a correctly functioning cyanide detox system. "Requirements for the discharge levels are becoming more stringent and the complexity of the cyanide detox systems will become more intense as government insists on lower discharge levels. Randy is considered the world leader in this technology and it was him we sought when we had technical issues with our cyanide detox systems."
Mr Agius has successfully managed the design and/or operation of over 120 cyanide detoxification installations world-wide and he will now work closely with Gekko as Vice President, Global Detox Group to ensure the gold industry can gain access to an experienced detox support network.
As the world leader in innovative flowsheet design and technical expertise, Gekko Systems has great confidence in its ability to take on this business with little disruption to existing clients. Mr Agius will continue to be based in Toronto, and will work closely with Gekko’s Adam Hesse (Vancouver), and Nick Katsikaros (Ballarat) allowing to better service new and existing installations world-wide.