Located on the Northern tip of Masbate Island (Philippines), this remote mine site has a process plant that is a conventional carbon-in-leach (CIL) facility consisting of primary crushing, SAG/Ball Mill grinding circuit with pebble crushing, leaching, absorption, elution, electrowinning and smelting gold recovery stages; and a cyanide detoxification stage for treating process plant tails before disposal in a new tailings storage facility (TSF)
Philippine Gold Processing & Refining Corp. contracted the expert services of IMR’s engineering team to assess the feasibility of taking the liner handler that was currently servicing the SAG mill and modifying it to suit the under construction Ball mill No3. Two of the IMR engineering team were sent to site to take key measurements and perform an initial assessment of the project’s viability.
It was deemed that modification of the existing liner handler was not only possible but a genuinely viable and cost-effective option.
Full design drawings were completed by the in-house engineering team. The 3D model was checked and certified using FEA software.
Once the design was certified the fabrication of the major components began. The fabrication of these components was completed in the IMR workshop in QLD.
All fabricated parts were shipped to site along with specialist tooling to complete the scope of works.
The machine was disassembled on site and refurbished over a period of 2 weeks before being handed back to site for use in the new Mill.