High Cooper

„Development of highly effective technology of Polish copper ore benefication”
(acronym: High Copper)

Project supported by the National Centre for Research and Development and the KGHM under the „CuBR” program.

Total cost: 5 003 839,00 PLN
Centre Contribution: 1 398624,00 PLN
Duration: 1/05/2015 – 31/10/2018

Principal Investigator: dr Rafał Kubik
Project Consortium:

  1. Politechnika Wrocławska – Consortium Leader
  2. Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych
  3. Wrocławskie Centrum Badań EIT+ sp. z o. o.
  4. Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie
  5. Politechnika Gdańska
  6. KGHM CUPRUM sp. z o. o. Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe

Decreasing ore grade, its fine and complex mineralization, presence of organic carbon, worsening upgradeability and 50 years old technology, create difficulties in achieving high quality final copper concentrates, which are further utilized for pyrometallurgical copper production. Within HighCopper project it is planned to develop, on a laboratory and next pilot scale, a new technology of copper ore beneficiation adapted to the properties of the current and future copper ores. Newly developed and verified unit operations, together with construction of new devices, will guarantee production of better quality final concentrates for pyrometallurgical copper production. The new technology, verified on the pilot scale, will be used for a new technological flow-sheet for KGHM, and provide data for prefeasibility study and determination of potential investment risks as well as fulfil the requirements for 7th level (pilot scale) of readiness for technological application.