From Tailings to Treasure? A New Mother Lode
New technology allows it to recover up to 40% of the gold left in particle form in tailings. DRD Gold extracted 33,600 ounces of gold, worth nearly US$40 million, in the last quarter of 2013. Mintails, a mine tailings processor, has developed new technology to process 350,000 tons of slimes from its extensive tailings resources.