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Metso Copper sulphate leaching process

Copper sulphate leaching process

Achieve effective copper recovery from secondary copper sulfides

Metso's sulphate leaching process is a sustainable and economical solution that it is especially effective on low-grade and impure copper feed materials. The process uses highly effective atmospheric leaching technology combined with world-renowned VSF solvent extraction and electrowinning technology.

  • Provides highly effective copper recovery from secondary copper sulfides    
  • Produces copper as standard LME-A grade cathodes    
  • Uses atmospheric leaching technology without fine-grinding    
  • Lowers oxygen and lime(stone) consumption due to sulfide oxidation to elemental sulfur    
  • Runs more economically at lower capacities than traditional processes

Ferric chloride process includes the following process steps:

  • Ore or concentrate repulping    
  • Atmospheric ferric leaching    
  • Leaching residue separation and washing    
  • Gypsum removal and solution cooling    
  • Copper solvent extraction    
  • Copper electrowinning    
  • Water balance management and bleed treatment

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