August 2020
Volume 72    Issue 8

Comparative study of gold extraction from refractory pyritic ores through conventional leaching and simultaneous pressure leaching/oxidation

Salazar-Campoy, M.M.; Valenzuela-García, J.L.; Quiróz-Castillo, L.S.; Encinas-Romero, M.A.; Tiburcio-Munive, G.; Guerrero-Germán, P.; Parga-Torres, J.R.

Simultaneous alkaline pressure oxidation and sodium cyanide leaching treatments on a pyritic ore from Mulatos Mine located in Sahuaripa, Sonora, Mexico, were carried out. Mineral characterization, agitated leaching, hot cyanidation under atmospheric pressure conditions, simultaneous moderated pressure oxidation and leaching, and kinetic tests results are shown. The modified variables were temperature, pressure, and cyanide concentration. Characterization indicated that pyrite was the main mineral. Simultaneous pressure oxidation and leaching experiments were conducted in a temperature range of 40 to 80 °C, an oxygen pressure range of 87.5 to 200 psi, and cyanide concentration range of 0.8 to 1.2 weight percent in a 2-L Parr pressure reactor. Dissolution rates of 81 to 86 percent were achieved under the following conditions: 87.5 psi, 80 °C, 0.8 weight percent NaCN and processing time of one hour.
Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2020) 37:1279–1284,


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