CDE processing plants earns recognition in Australia and Dublin

CDE head of mining Adam Holland, mining sector executive Kate McCormick and Geological Survey of Ireland director Koen Verbruggen at the 2019 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. Image: CDE.

A CDE designed and delivered wet processing solution in South Australia has won awards in Australia and Ireland for its exceptional productivity.

CDE commissioned two wet processing plants for SIMEC Mining in 2017, which converted an estimated 17 million tonnes of historic low-grade iron ore waste into high-value product.

The plants recover high-quality iron from mining waste feed material, which is over 100 years old at a combined processing power of 950 tonnes per hour.

This solution won the Innovation Productivity Improvement award at the 2019 Premier’s Awards in Energy and Mining, hosted by the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining in Adelaide.

CDE has also received the Geoscience Ireland Award at the 2019 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards in Dublin in recognition of the design and geoscience behind the processing plants.

CDE mining sector executive Kate McCormick said the award wins reflected the company’s vision to be the leading solutions provider for wet processing equipment worldwide.

“We’re delighted to collect such prestigious awards,” McCormick said.

“Our wet processing solution in South Australia is turning what is considered a waste substance into high-value product.”

The processing plants have injected an estimated $25 million into the South Australian economy since commissioning.

SIMEC was also recognised for its use of light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to survey airborne particles at the Premier’s Awards.

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