The gold ore is run through a final processing of mining, crushing, separating, concentrating, mixing, pelletizing, and shipping. Heavy industrial mining equipment, expansive mines, and a skilled labor pool are all required. The gold ore processing plant used includes primary crushing equipment, secondary crusher, production trucks and heavy-duty conveyors.
Extraction, beneficiation, and processing of gold ore produces gold. "Extraction" is defined as removing ore material from a deposit and encompasses all activities prior to beneficiation. "Beneficiation" of gold includes concentration, generally by physical removal of unwanted gangue; also considered beneficiation is the regulation of product size, or other steps such as agglomeration to improve its chemical or physical characteristics prior to processing. "Processing" of the concentrated product into gold typically involves the use of pyrometallurgical techniques.
Gold Ore Processing Flow
- Mining; Mining gold ore begins at ground level be identified by diamond drilling core samples on a grid hundreds of feet into the earth.
- Crushing; The crushed material is transferred by belt to an ore storage building, which holds up to 220,000 tons of gold ore.
- Concentrating; A series of conveyor belts continuously feed the ore into ten large 27-foot-diameter
- Mixing; Gold ore is added to meet the requirements of steel customers in the blast furnace process
- Pelletizing; Pellets are screened to meet the size specification, with undersized or oversized pellets crushed and returned to the balling drums