Akobo Minerals: Helge Rushfeldt - head of mining operations - new member of the executive management group
Akobo Minerals AB (Euronext and Frankfurt: AKOBO), Scandinavian-based Ethiopian gold exploration and boutique mining company, announced that Helge Rushfeldt will join Akobo Minerals’ executive management group from 1st of July as head of mining operations.
Metso propels energy transition by introducing a full offering for battery minerals production and recycling
Metso propels energy transition by introducing a full offering for battery minerals production and recycling (Credits: Metso)
Metso has worked on further strengthening its position as the preferred technology and solutions provider for the battery minerals industry. With the recent launch of the battery black mass recycling process, Metso now offers complete processes and services for battery minerals production – from minerals extraction to refined battery chemicals and end-of-life battery black mass recycling.
“Today we can provide sustainable technology and equipment for the entire lithium, nickel and cobalt production chains. The project scopes can range from equipment packages to plant deliveries. Equally important is the fact that we can support our customers in process design with our comprehensive testing and research capabilities,” explains Mikko Rantaharju, Vice President, Hydrometallurgy at Metso.
Lithium is one of the most used minerals in battery manufacturing. It can be extracted either from brines or lithium-bearing ores, such as spodumene. Metso’s offering covers complete processes for both. For the hard-rock based spodumene concentrates, Metso has developed an acid- and sulphate-free soda pressure-leaching process. It is one of the most environmentally sustainable processes available for lithium production.
Besides lithium, other critical minerals like nickel and cobalt play an important role in the battery manufacturing chain, either in battery chemistry or in other components. Metso has a comprehensive and sustainable process technology offering also for these minerals.
Recycling of battery black mass is becoming an important means to complement primary battery metals supply and to reduce the carbon footprint of the battery supply chain. Metso’s hydrometallurgical battery black mass recycling process, which is part of the company’s Planet Positive offering, enables the sustainable recovery of critical metals for re-use in new battery production or in other applications.
Numerous customer projects ongoing
“Our strength in battery minerals process design is based on the deep concentrator and hydrometallurgical knowledge we have gained through working with our mining customers around the world. We can support our battery industry customers already from the early stages of the project. Process simulations are essential in the piloting phase, supporting process and equipment design, training, and plant operation. For this purpose, we use our unique metallurgical digital twin GeminexTM, which is based on Metso’s proprietary HSC-Sim software for predictive process simulations,” says Don Simola, Director of Metso’s Battery Chemicals business.
“The battery market is very active, and we are currently working with several lithium processing and battery recycling projects that are in the study, piloting, engineering or delivery phases,” concludes Simola.
Hexagon and Minera San Cristóbal S.A. deploy HxGN MineOperate OP Pro & HxGN MineProtect CAS & OAS in Bolivia
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After seven years at the helm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane announced today he will retire from the role at the end of the year.
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- A pre-series performance test on site confirmed the excavator’s high performance with an average availability of 94%
- This latest machine uses 15% less fuel and improves fuel efficiency by 25% over that of the R 9250, Liebherr Mining’s previous 250-tonne class excavator
The R 9300 Generation 8 – the newest excavator in the Liebherr Mining range – can now be purchased. Following successful validation at a mine in Indonesia, the R 9300 has proven its ability to improve both productivity and efficiency on site. Once the machine enters serial production in 2024, it will replace the R 9250 within the 250-tonne class.
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