Kevin Fell, Group CEO of Clean Earth Technologies, was interviewed by Asia-Pacific’s bilingual resource industry magazine The ASIA Miner on industry-changing solutions being advanced by the company. The full interview, which was published on 15 September 2020, can be accessed via this link. The following is a reproduced summary of the interview.
Clean Earth Technologies has conducted test work that could make the use of cyanide in gold processing a thing of the past. By utilising a rapid extraction process that replaces conventional cyanide with a non-toxic reagent, 80 to 85 per cent of gold on average was recovered from ore samples originating at Genesis Resources’ Plavica mine in North Macedonia.
Test results, as described by Clean Earth Technologies Group CEO Kevin Fell, challenge the misconception that environmentally-friendly processes involve greater cost or are less efficient.
“[The recent test results] further validate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the process. This is a win for people and the environment as well as for resource owners around the world,” said Clean Earth Technologies Group CEO Kevin Fell.
Trials were initially held at a pilot plant in Menzies, Western Australia, operated by Clean Mining, which is part of the Clean Earth Technologies Group. The technology is scalable for both large and small operations, and can be used at greenfield sites as well as existing mining operations.
Group CEO Kevin Fell added that the company has been working hard to make it possible for miners to extract gold in a safe, sustainable, and financially viable way. This is crucial as more countries are banning cyanide, and tailings dams-related disasters spill noxious waste into the environment.
Clean Mining’s recovery and dewatering solutions can help mines significantly reduce their mining footprint and avoid risk by replacing massive tailings dams with dry-stack tailings. Interested individuals may follow Clean Earth Technologies’ LinkedIn and Facebook for the latest developments, or reach out to Clean Earth Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org.