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ArticleName Thickening equipment modernazation with supaflo process (Outotec) at Talnakh Concentrator
DOI 10.17580/tsm.2018.06.05
ArticleAuthor Arabadzhi Ya. N., Olennikov A. S., Kurchukov A. M., Likhachova T. A.

PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, PD Norilsk, Russia:
Ya. N. Arabadzhi, Chief Specialist of the Center for Production Engineering Support1, e-mail:
A. M. Kurchukov, Head of the Directorate for Enrichment Sales
T. A. Likhacheva, Leading Process Engineer, Center for Engineering Support of Production


JSC “Outotec”, Saint Petersburg, Russia:

A. S. Olennikov, Head of the Group of Supervision Works


Talnakh Concentrator processes the mixture of high grade and cuprous ore. Ionic composition of purified mine water and recycled water from the settling pond used for process needs is critical to flotation performance. Deviations from the optimal slurry settling conditions result in growth of the solid phase sent with the thickeners overflow to the settling pond, which consequently increase the operating costs for work-in-process inventory due to treatment of technogenic material accumulated in the settling pond as well as materials and equipment costs. In late 2014, Talnakh Concentrator launched a project for modernization and technical upgrade with 1.3 fold increase in ore processing capacity upon the completion of Phase II in 2016 and another 80% by 2023. Since 2009, the thickening has been the bottleneck for the Concentrator capacity with 18 radial thickeners of 25m and 50m in operation. The partial reconstruction of the existing dehydration facilities within the frames of the Phase II ensured the Concentrator capacity ramp-up without construction of new dehydration facilities. Seven existing radial thickeners used to thicken the intermediate products were replaced with High Rate Thickener (HRT) Outotec. The use of HTR "Outotec" thickeners during dehydration of crushed ore raw materials and intercycle pulps allowed not only to increase the efficiency of using existing sedimentation areas, but also to ensure the consistency of the density and volume characteristics of pulp materials, which is the key to the efficiency of the flotation process and the stable operation of the factory as a whole.

keywords Strategy development, capacity increase, thickening, Supaflo process, solid phase, recycled water, Talnakh Concentrator

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