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LIX® for copper solvent extraction

Performance Benefits 

  • LIX® products can be flexibly composed out of up-to 3 components thus allow to be customized to the individual customer’s process requirements  
  • Their broad operating parameters make them capable on both low- and high-grade ores as well as being suitable for arsenic-containing ores
  • Their fast kinetics offer rapid copper uptake and copper stripping
  • Their high selectivity targets copper over other metals (e. g. Fe, Co, Ni, As, Mn) and also leads to very high iron rejection
  • Their low viscosity and density allows them to operate well at high reagent concentrations and low temperatures
  • They provide clean phase separation, low crud formation, have an excellent net copper transfer, support low entrainment and low transfer of contaminants
  • Together with an excellent chemical stability the application LIX® products leads to extraction operation running at maximum efficiency and low operating cost
  • Comparing LIX® blends to modified aldoximes, the above-mentioned benefits lead to lower dose consumption rates (up-to -15%) and/or higher recovery (up-to 4%) and better selectivity (up-to 2%)

Sustainability Benefits

  •    Cost effectiveness
  •   Higher Recovery
  •    Less Chemical Usage