Tailoring Collectors to Allow for Sea Water Usage in Phosphate Beneficiation

Conference Dates

April 29-May 4, 2018


Water supply is critical for ensuring the optimal operation of any beneficiation plant. As ore quality continues to decline, the demand on water for mineral processing will only increase. Traditionally, ground and surface water sources have been extensively utilized for mining. In some regions, these sources are proving to be insufficient to meet the increasing demands of this industry, as well as the municipal requirements. As a result, alternate water supplies must be considered. The purpose of this investigation was to develop a collector that allows for the flotation of phosphate in sea water, while still meeting the grade (> 27.5% P2O5) and recovery (> 80%) criteria.

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