(October 2010)

news_oct2010_1Over the past year, since receiving the first order for its newly patented cyanide destruction process from Randgold Resources Tongon mine, Maelgwyn Minerals has been experiencing phenomenal market interest in this development. Several projects are now at a very advanced stage following on from earlier lab test work. This increased market demand has therefore necessitated Maelgwyn to further strengthen its management team with the appointment of world renowned cyanide expert Peter Lotz to Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa.

Peter is already well known from his previous position at Mintek where he was head of process and environment, with his areas of expertise including gold leaching technology, cyanide management (including cyanide mass balancing, destruction and analytical methodologies) as well as general mining related sustainability issues. He is listed as an ICMI cyanide management code auditor and actively participated in the codes development.

Peter joins an experienced worldwide team which already includes leading cyanide experts such as Dr Mike Adams who is based in Perth and responsible for developing the CN-D process within the Australasian region through Maelgwyn Mineral Services Australia.

It is anticipated that Peter will work very closely with clients not just to optimize their Maelgwyn CN-D processes, but also to take a more holistic view of their plant processes including CN-D in terms of overall cyanide and water management.

The Maelgwyn CN-D process allows for cyanide destruction to below cyanide code requirements at a fraction of the cost of competing processes. Over and above this, the process also acts as a “policeman” to recover both dissolved and undissolved gold where the preceding dissolution and adsorption circuits have not been fully optimized.