A major deal for the design engineering, supply and installation of a complete intensive leaching circuit at the Salinas Gold Project in Brazil has been secured by Australian company Gekko Systems.
Privately-funded group Brazahav Resources acquired the project in November last year and has been rapidly advancing through improved and expanded production capabilities and detailed resource definition. The project is in the southern region of the State of Mato Grosso in central western Brazil.
Gekko is well-established in the region, currently developing a base of large intensive leach circuits in Latin America for the treatment of silver flotation concentrates and gravity gold concentrates. In both mineral flow sheets, the precious metal is converted into dorè for shipment.
Latin America also boasts one of Gekko’s largest continuous gravity InLine Pressure Jig pre-concentration circuits in Jujuy province of Argentina and a number of gold and silver modular processing plants.
Gekko’s business development manager Nigel Grigg says signing the deal with Brazahav is a significant achievement and follows successful installations at other Brazilian projects including Colossus’ Serra Pelada and Mineração Caraíba’s Nova Xavantina. “Brazil continues to show strong growth in gold project development and is increasingly a key market in Gekko’s portfolio of global installations. Gekko has invested in Latin America for the long term and this project is particularly exciting as the ILR is providing a sustainable process option to increase gold recovery.”
The project has been fast tracked to allow for accelerated installation, operation and gold production. Installation and commissioning is expected to be completed in September this year by Gekko’s technical team. Gekko is providing engineering assistance to enable a number of parts for the installation to be manufactured in Brazil.