(July 2010)

Delegates at GDMB flotation workshop during plant visit to Solway Minerals Escuzar strontium flotation operation

Delegates at GDMB flotation workshop during plant visit to Solway Minerals Escuzar strontium flotation operation

GDMB, the German association for mining, metallurgy and environment annually arrange a flotation workshop. This year’s workshop was arranged by Maelgwyn Minerals Dr Rainer Imhof who has been heading up the GDMB flotation group and arranging group visits for the past 20 years. The flotation group represents a wide range of interests from university academics through to operational plant management with the aim of promoting dialogue on flotation topics .This year’s workshop was held in May in Granada, Spain with the usual full agenda.

The first day’s presentations covered a wide range of topics including potash flotation at Belaruskali where Maelgwyn’s V cells are installed and Imhoflot nickel flotation testwork using Imhoflot G- cells at Aquablanca, Spain to recover fines present in the rougher tailings stream not recovered through tank flotation.

The second day’s activities were more practically focused with the group visiting Solway Minerals strontium flotation operation at Escuzar – close to Granada where several stages of cleaning are required to achieve a high coelestine concentrate grade. All of the tour participants found it very interesting and would like to thank Solway Minerals for hosting them.

Further details on GDMB activities can be obtained from Dr Imhof.