277 delegates from 17 countries attended the conference.

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Technical Summary from the Conference Chair

The Heap Leach Solutions 2013 conference provided a forum for scientists and engineers to share technologies, practices and advances for establishing successful heap leach projects for a range of minerals in a variety of different climates. Papers and presentations addressed heap leaching of gold, copper, uranium and nickel in the full range of climatic conditions from dry to wet, warm to cold. The conference also set out to encourage interaction between heap leach practitioners, researchers and governments from a wide range of disciplines. There was positive energy throughout and a lot of discussion among delegates.

Two one-day short courses preceded the conference. A large percentage of the participants were from mining companies that are operating and developing heap leach projects. Similarly, the conference attendance included a large percentage of mining company representatives.

The keynotes addressed practical issue of scale up from laboratory testing to multi-lift heap leach operations, the pitfalls associated with design, development and construction of heap leach facilities and the state of the art plus new developments in the leaching of ores and concentrates. Twelve plenary presentations provided extensive information about various aspects of the activities during the life cycle of a heap leach project, from ore testing to development and operations and finally closure. These presentations highlighted practices and developments in operational as well as theoretical aspects.

This First International Heap Leach Solutions Conference (the first conference ever to focus on heap leaching) was a great success and start of providing a forum for heap leach specialists as well as those wanting to learn more about the topic, to gather and share ideas. We look forward to our next opportunity to gather in Lima, Peru in November 2014.

Dirk van Zyl
Heap Leach Solutions 2013 Chair

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