SciDev Ltd has received a trial purchase order with BHP’s Olympic Dam, Australia’s largest copper operation. The trial includes an initial A$1 million purchase order for the company’s MaxiFlox chemistry, reflecting approximately three months of consumption.

MaxiFlox chemistry and process applications are being used at a growing number of key global copper mines reflecting the benefits of SciDev’s solutions, noted the manufacturer.

The trial will focus on the utilisation of SciDev’s chemistries in the hydromet and concentrator sections of the Olympic Dam processing plant. It is anticipated to last for approximately six months and is scheduled to commence in the December quarter of this year.

SciDev’s South Australian-based staff will be on site to deliver the associated services.  

“The order from BHP Group’s Olympic Dam operation is a significant opportunity for SciDev,” Lewis Utting, SciDev managing director and chief executive officer, said. “The opportunity to transfer our chemistry and know-how from the waste processing side directly to the production side of a mining operation reflects the potential for the company’s bespoke chemistries. We look forward to working with the team at Olympic Dam and will continue to keep the market updated on developments.”

Olympic Dam – one of the world's most significant deposits of copper, gold, silver and uranium – consists of underground and surface operations and operates a fully integrated processing facility from ore to metal.


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