The CSIRO yesterday opened the Australian Minerals Research Centre at Waterford, Western Australia, which will focus on developing economic, environmentally and socially sustainable processes for the mining industry.
According to the CSIRO, the centre will help the industry remain competitive in the global market and boost collaborations between public and private sector research groups.
CSIRO Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals group executive Dr Steve Morton said world-class minerals processing research was essential to help the industry address challenges like declining ore grades, increasing costs and greater competition.
“In 2003, CSIRO committed $15 million to expand our mineral processing laboratories in Western Australia and create a research facility that would enable increased collaboration,” he said.
“The result of this investment is the Australian Minerals Research Centre.”
Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore was on hand to open the facility at the official ceremony.
“The expertise and facilities offered by the Australian Minerals Research Centre will provide a significant boost to hydrometallurgy research and help address the short and long-term needs of the industry,” he said.
In addition to housing more than 80 CSIRO staff, the Centre houses the headquarters of the Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions.