Technology provider GreenGold says it has been awarded a ReCYN™ design and install contract with PT Agincourt Resources to detoxify tailings and recover cyanide and copper at its Martabe gold-silver operation in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Jakarta- and Perth-based GreenGold will deliver the project with preferred fabricators for specialist equipment packages, the company said.
In a report published last year, Whittle Consulting called the ReCYN process “a world-leading approach” in cyanide recovery, metal recovery and tailings detoxification. “Based on an innovative resin-bead absorbent, ReCYN reduces cyanide consumption by 50%, capturing free cyanide from the plant tailings and recycling it back into the leach circuit while recovering metal complexes and making them available for sale,” Whittle said.
Whittle also said adopting the technology could provide a $126.9 million upside to the project.
GreenGold said it had received the contract following a record influx of enquires for the technology.
GreenGold CEO, Malcolm Paterson, said of the Martabe contract: “We have come up with an elegant design to fit the space constrained site. We also will be recovering cyanide and copper which previously was destroyed or sent to tails, turning a cost into an economic benefit for the mine.
“We are looking forward to delivering on this strategically important project, and continuing to build on our proven metallurgy and process capability within the precious/base metals sector globally.”
The Martabe mine has a resource base of some 7.4 Moz of gold and 69 Moz of silver.