Solvent Extraction (SX) is a key unit operation in the production of metals by means of hydrometallurgical processing. It is a selective separation procedure typically employed to purify and concentrate valuable metals from an aqueous solution utilising an organic solvent. ProProcess has considerable experience in SX operations for the processing of base and precious metals.
In particular, ProProcess specialises in copper, cobalt, nickel and gold processing. The ProProcess expertise ranges from research and development, the design and construction of suitable full-scale plant, through to commissioning and ramp-up. The engineers have gained much of their experience working in remote areas and are familiar with the challenges their clients experience.
Modern-day operations understand the value of on-going research and development to optimise the existing plant. ProProcess supplies laboratory and pilot-scale SX plants which enable clients to test plant and reagent modifications before these are implemented at commercial scale. The plants are engineered to suit individual client requirements, and can be constructed in containerised or modular format.
The plants are designed for easy site modification, enabling the user to reconfigure the test rig for different scenarios. All the plants are fully shop-tested and commissioned before being delivered, thus ensuring easy and trouble-free startup on site.
For commercial operations, ProProcess offers a complete suite of engineering services, which includes flowsheet design, detailed engineering, procurement and construction management. ProProcess also offers consulting services to assist clients with the optimisation of existing plants.