There are mainly three types of copper ore: sulfide type copper ore, oxide type copper ore and mixed ore. Based on abundant experiences on copper mining project, Prominer supplies customized solution for different types of copper ore. General processing technologies for copper ore are summarized as below:
I. Physical processing technology:
II. Chemical processing technology:
1. Flotation process are widely used for copper extraction. The ore pulp slurry is pumped to flotation cells for extracting. The flotation cells are divided into several parts: roughing, concentration and scavenging (the exact numbers of stages for each part should be decided by test work to reach the best recovery), and with the use of frothing agent and collecting agent, the copper concentrate will be collected. Normally there are one stage separation or multi stages separation for the technological process.
2. Leaching process for copper ore includes acid leaching and ammonia leaching. Leaching process is mainly for oxide copper that is very difficult to be extracted by flotation. Also for some copper ore it is combined by both oxide copper ore and sulfide copper ore, after processing test combined processing technologies can also be adopted to extract copper.