MetFest 2017 recap

  • By Bianca Newcombe

MetFest 2017 was held in Parkes during November, and graciously hosted by Northparkes Mine (CMOC).

The day kicked off with a plant tour of the Northparkes concentrator, which was attended by 23 visitors from all over the country. After lunch, numbers swelled to over 60 for the afternoon’s operations-based presentations and discussion forum.

Seven presentations were given by regional metallurgists who discussed both big wins and ongoing innovative projects at central west operations: Northparkes, Cadia, Cowal and Tomingley. The quality of all presentations was very high, with Kristen Burgess (Cowal) taking the prize for the best presentation. All sites were well represented, with a few mets from as far as Cobar making the journey to join us. Key suppliers were also in attendance, making for some healthy discussion. The day was capped off with the Delprat Lecture, presented by Robert Dunne, who provoked discussion on water and what it means both now and in the future.

Networking drinks allowed attendees to forge stronger relationships within our central west group. We look forward to MetFest in 2018 and also the Plant Operators Forum, which is to be held the day prior to Mill Ops in Brisbane in August. See you there!

MetFest superstars 2017.
Kristen Burgess from Cowal (right) receiving the prize for best presentation from organiser Bianca Newcombe.
Rob Dunne capped off the day deliving the 2017 Delprat Lecture.
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