Novopro has a broad network of mineral testwork and processing expertise, with the capacity to perform both bench-scale and pilot-scale testwork. Mineral Processing design is performed by running two separate activities in parallel, the execution of the Testwork program, and process design modelling. A preliminary process model is created to provide the basis for the processing techniques and circuits to be used as a basis of the testwork program, and what and what data is collected and how. The results from the testwork program is used to update, optimize and validate the flowsheet for each unit operation.
Testwork and modeling play an integral part of the process design in order to validate accurate process parameters, and the configuration of the key process equipment. Our philosophy is to conduct testwork programs in conjunction with subject experts to add design and operational expertise into each unit operation, and ensure that each area is functional in the overall process as a whole.
Testwork results feed an overall process model, which provides the mass and heat balance of the project from ore recovery to the shipping of the final product. The list below provides a brief description of Novopro’s testwork expertise:
The nature of the potash and soda ash industries require that new processes be developed and that existing technologies be adapted, based on local raw materials and site conditions. A sound knowledge of the major players with regards to available technologies and related equipment is also essential in designing production plant’s that are cost effective and reliable.
Through years of experience, the engineers at Novopro have acquired the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively carry out potash & soda ash related projects in all of their phases ranging from project development to commissioning, start up and operation.
Experience has provided Novopro with detailed design capabilities for specialized equipment within the areas such as solution mining, stripping, crystallization, solid liquid separation, drying processes, compaction, storage and shipping. The integration of these areas within one plant site allows for the optimization of the plant area, water consumption, as well as steam and power generation with cogeneration systems.
This expertise is readily available within the team at Novopro which possesses the specific skills to address specific industry issues including the chemical and physical quality control of the end product, monitoring within the purification process, and the drying and compaction circuit. Other specific industry issues such as material handling within the plant, the associated storage equipment and building, as well as corrosion protection due to the aggressive nature of the product can also be addressed.
Given the involvement of Novopro in development activities within the potash and soda ash industry, the requirements for the resource estimation and reporting, as well as specific requirements for project financing is well understood and specific tools developed.
Novopro has participated in a number of projects that looked to recover Lithium directly from ore bodies, as value added minerals from tailings piles or waste brine streams of operating facilities, with an ultimate goal to produce both Li2CO3 or LiOH. With this, Novopro has developed expertise in;
Novopro is a trusted partner to carry gold projects from exploration to production. We provide a comprehensive description of the deposit, its variability within the ore body, with the development and implementation of the ideal process and workflow. We provide process design, process optimization, commissioning support, project auditing, and training solutions.
We have optimizing flowsheets and processes for operating companies, performed brownfield expansions, and taken greenfield projects from small conceptual studies up to completion.
Novopro experts have been involved in metallurgical test work program planning, data interpretation, process development, Engineering design, risk analysis, installation and commissioning, auditing and project optimization including refractory and double refractory gold ores.
Novopro offers a variety of services for gold projects, including:
Novopro has participated in multiple projects in order to produce copper concentrate and copper cathode from the extracted ore. We have detailed expertise in:
The participation of the Novopro team in numerous projects, both in international and domestic markets, has allowed the company to acquire knowledge and expertise in the pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical-based flow sheets for zinc and lead production. The combination of process design together with mining expertise can provide for a team that is able to design the mine / plant for most efficient and cost effective choices in terms of ore grade and as related to processing plant design. The experience in both process modelling and large amount of in-house cost data provides for a sound basis to perform trade off studies and make the right mining / process selections for each site.
Due to their involvement in zinc and lead projects, Novopro has developed surface mining expertise, which include the following specific fields and aspects:
With the technical expertise and experience of the engineering staff in the field of iron ore extraction and processing from hematite or magnetite deposits, Novopro has been invited in the past to integrate the Owner’s project team in the function of engineering representative. Such mandate can typically involve representing the Owner and interfacing with the EPCM contractor in the following functions: