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Fines Beneficiation, De-Watering & Agglomeration 2010

Date 16 November 2010
- 17 November 2010
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Cradle Of Humankind, Gauteng
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
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Numerous industrial processes require their products in a coarse form to simplify matters of handling, transportation and feed for downstream applications.

There are on-going investigations into the beneficiation, de-watering and agglomeration of fines, which will achieve ease of handling and mechanical strength for downstream processing.

Until recently, fines in South-Africa have been discarded into slime dams and underground workings, which are now considered to be environmentally less acceptable.

Ultra-fine coal (i.e. 500 μm) is very dificult to handle, in the base metal industry special attention has been given to the flotation of fines (i.e. 10 μm) and in the iron ore industry the -6 mm fraction is considered to be fines, which is processed in the sinter plant; howevr, the issue of the slimes fraction (i.e.

The world is striving for sustainable development and efficient utilization of energy resources. However, the focus shifts to methods necessary to prepare these fines for downstream thermal processes, for example: filters, thickeners, pumps and dryers. Moreover, downstream thermal processes do not always accept fine material, due to impairment of gas permeability, carry over or loss of product and the now critical environmental impact.

It is important to discuss the economically and technically viable methods that can be used for the upgrade, de-watering, drying and agglomeration of fines during this conference.

Sponsorship / Exhibition Opportunities

Exhibition / Sponsorship

The following sponosrship opportunities are available:

Premium Package - R30 000
Banner Package - R15 000
Cocktail Package - R15 000
Conference Bags Package - R15 000
Pend & Pads Package - R10 000
Authors Gift Package - R10 000
Lanyards Package- R10 000
Delegate Pack Insert Package - R2 000

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator.

Jacqui Van  Der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

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Event Website:

Sponsorship package details can be downloaded in the download section below



On behalf of the Conference Committee and the SAIMM we would like to thank the following sponsors for their
invaluable contribution as sponosrs:

Premium Exhibitor


Banner  Exhibitor




Registration Fees


Early  Bird
on or before
28  Sept 2010

Registration Fee
28 Sept 2010

Members/ Authors

R 6 500

R  7 300

Non Members

R 6 800

R 7 800

Students / Retired Members

R 2 000

R 2 000

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2011, for attending this event

Registration Fees:
Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event


Call for Papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English, and to indicate the topic under which the
paper should be categorised.
The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to the Conference Co-ordinator

Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:
Event Website:


Who should attend

The conference should be of interest to the following:

*Equipment suppliers
*Chemical suppliers
*Mining companies
*Research facilities
*Energy generation facilities (specifically for coal)
*Downstream fines processing plants (briquetting, pelletizing, sintering, etc.)


The programme will be made up of joint sessions of common interest to the entire audience.

Papers are invited in the following areas:

• Fines beneficiation
• De-watering
• Agglomeration



Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:
Event Website:


Key Dates

7 June 2010                                         Call for papers

5 July 2010                                         Submission of abstracts

2 August 2010                                    Acceptance of abstracts

30 August 2010                                  Submission of papers

21 September 2010                            Acceptance of papers

16–17 November 2010                      Conference



Listed below are titles of abstracts that have already been received:

Fine Coal discard or beneficiate
J de Korte, CSIR

The beneficiation of Coal waste fines by means of froth flotation
Dirk Odendaal and Z Botha, Exxaro

Thickener Underflow Beneficiation at Inyanda Coal Mine
Norman Malatji, Exxaro

Briquetting at Mafube Colliery - The solution to coal ultra fines
Jaco Bruwer, Anglo Coal

Fine Iron Ore Beneficiation with the SC20HC Spiral Concentrator
R Reddy, Multotec

Modelling of Fines Gravity Separation
C Bergmann, Mintek

High density fractionation technique for high density feed stock
N Masilela, R Green, M K G Vermaak & J D Grobler, Exxaro

The influence of improved classification on metallurgical circuit performance
Ernst Bekker and Ian du Plessis, Multotec

In-pit screening as pre-concentration step: A technology evaluation
M K G Vermaak, M Nyoka and J D Grobler, Exxaro

Ultrafine screening: efficiency investigation
N Masilela & M K G Vermaak, Exxaro

Influence of Near-Gravity material on the efficiency of a Reflux Classifier
J A Venter, Exxaro

Bi-Vitec screening of Inyanda Seam 1 and Seam 2 Coal
JA Venter, Exxaro

Dr Chris van Alphen, Eskom

Agglomeration and drying of mineral fines
Rein Buisman, Particle Separation Systems Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Process alternatives to recover high grade iron ore concentrate, from the thickener underflow
slimes of the Sishen beneficiation plant
D J Skosana, Kumba

In-plant evaluation of the stack sizertm for fine coal screening
B Zhang, H Akbari, R Geilhausen, M K Mohanty, P Brodzik, Southern Illinois University,  Derrick Corporation 
Falcon Concentrator Illinois Clean Coal Institute

Hyperbaric Filters for Improved Coal Fines Filtration at High Throughputs
G Whitford, R Raberger, G Schnabel

The Use of Jksimfloat Simulator as an Optimisation Tool for Anglo American Concentrators
Edward Mavhungu, Anglo Research

Large scale design and testing of an improved fine coal dewatering system
M le Roux, Q P Campbell and W Smit, North-West University

Agglomeration and drying of mineral fines
R Buisman, Particle Separation Systems Technologies



The following may be downloaded in the download section below:

1) First Announcement & Call for Papers 
2) Sponsorship Packages Form
3) 2nd Announcement & Registration Form