ISR works best in balance with conventional techniques

IN-SITU recovery is an effective way of reducing the environmental footprint of mining operations but it is a not a magic bullet and should be used in conjunction with more conventional forms of mining and processing, according to CRC ORE chief executive Dr Ben Adair.

ISR works best in balance with conventional techniques ISR works best in balance with conventional techniques ISR works best in balance with conventional techniques ISR works best in balance with conventional techniques ISR works best in balance with conventional techniques

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Using existing minerals processing technology in ways that use less water and energy could also be effective in securing a mining operation's social license to operate.

"Insitu recovery can be a way forward for certain types of operations or certain types of opportunities," Adair told Future of Mining Sydney 2018.

 "The message is there is an awful lot more you could do with existing circuits and existing extraction systems.

"It's got to be a mixture of both."

Adair said risk to the sustainability of mining operations could be in many different forms.

"Ten years ago no one would have thought that water was a major risk but today water is one of the greatest impediments to the development of mining, particularly in arid areas or semi-arid a...