Mining of the mineral sulfide ore Step 2:
Flotation to form a mineral concentrate
Step 3: Bioleaching
to release the metals
Step 4: Metal recovery to produce a valuable resource
Biomining is applied bioleaching and biooxidation with the aim of extracting metals from ore in contrast to acid mine drainage which is uncontrolled and unintentional.
- When is biomining economically viable?
- What advantages does biomining have over other metal extraction methods?
Difficult to answer these questions generally. Every situation has new Techno-Economic factors. The choice of technology is usually an iterative process with a lot of tests.