Canadian Mining Journal


FLOTATION: Jameson cells chosen for Cobre Panama project

PANAMA – The second installation in South America of Jameson cells in the past six months has been announced  by Glencore Technology – the latest one at the Cobre Panama copper project of Toronto’s First Quantum Minerals. First Quantum is the operator and 80% owner of the project, along with Korea Panamerica Mining.

Jameson cells have no moving parts, are simple to install, and easy to maintain.

The Jameson cells will be operating in parallel with two flotation columns in the copper cleaning circuit. The cells will produce the final concentrate, and the tails will be treated in conventional cells.

“The flexibility in the cell design has allowed for the cells to be sited on pre-existing flotation column foundations, explained Jameson cell manager Victoria Lawson. “The Jameson cells for this project are our J4500/12 model; they are rather compact, and this has allowed for them to fit easily into the existing plant design.”

Jameson cells are currently being installed at McArthur River in Australia’s Northern Territory for zinc cleaning duties, as well as being constructed for the Collahuasi mine in Chile. An IsaMill is also being installed in an African copper operation.

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