Currently, a combination of hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical techniques is utilized to accomplish this complex task efficiently. Pyrometallurgical methods typically involve high-temperature operations such as roasting, smelting, and refining to extract and purify copper.
On the other hand, hydrometallurgical methods include leaching, solvent extraction, and electrowinning, which are suitable for lower-grade ores that aren’t amenable to pyrometallurgical processes.
In hydrometallurgical techniques, submersible pumps serve as an integral component by facilitating the transfer of sulphuric acid, organic solutions, and electrolytes at different stages of the process. These components are crucial for the dissolution, separation, and eventual precipitation of copper in its pure form. Without the efficient movement of these fluids, the extraction process could be significantly hindered, potentially leading to lower yields and higher production costs.
To ensure a robust and efficient fluid transfer system, Tecnium offers a wide range of submersible pumps designed specifically for copper extraction operations. These pumps are meticulously engineered to provide efficient and reliable pumping, which is a non-negotiable requirement in the rigorous environment of a mine.
Understanding that mines can be particularly demanding settings, with extremes of temperature, humidity, and the presence of potentially corrosive or abrasive materials, these pumps are designed to withstand these challenging conditions. The sturdy construction and the use of durable, corrosion-resistant materials in Tecnium’s submersible pumps not only ensure longevity but also contribute to consistent, optimal performance.