The Group’s expertise in pressure oxidation is principally represented by RDC Hydrometallurgy, a scientific research centre based in St. Petersburg. Its specialists have vast experience in the research and development of pressure oxidation technology and some have previous experience with a major Russian hydrometallurgical plant.

It is equipped with state of the art autoclave laboratory facilities and is currently testing the most recent developments in this field.

RDC Hydrometallurgy was established to undertake work on extraction methods that could increase the productivity at projected and producing mines. The centre has particular expertise in gold extraction from refractory sulphide ores, where it is necessary to use pressure oxidation (“POX”) technology.

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