Testing And Piloting

NOVOPRO can scope, design, implement and analyze the necessary testwork programs to optimize and validate the process design.

Our tailored bench-scale and pilot programs have been crucial for projects lacking in process design and validity. These programs cater to the specific needs and objectives of the project and are typically used to further define the preliminary process development and generate process data.

Several pilot plants have been designed, constructed and operated by NOVOPRO, leading to further validation of the processing routes, as well as providing large scale data to optimize the engineering design.

Past bench and pilot scale metallurgical testwork programs have included some of the following:

  • Optimization of comminution circuits involving both crushing and grinding to identify optimal particle size distribution and size reduction techniques
  • Evaluation of dewatering and solid-liquid separation circuits to determine process operating conditions
  • Testing of slurry densities to evaluate pumping capabilities, including equipment and material selection
  • Evaluation of flotation circuit configurations and operating parameters for sulfide copper ores
  • Testing of ore sorting to optimize grade and feed rate for low-grade copper ores
  • Design, test and optimization of complete process circuits for gold deposits including comminution, gravity separation, flotation, cyanidation and oxidation methods
  • Optimization of iron ore comminution, magnetic separation and flotation circuits
  • Design and optimization of copper oxide heap-leaching configurations
  • Compaction testing and circuit design for compacted/granular potash product
  • Design, procurement, construction and operation of continuous pilot plants to mimic steady state conditions and simulate commercial unit operations for process validation
  • Generation of significant quantities of finished product from project based resource for marketing purposes