CATA Mine Tanzania Pours First Gold


CATA Mine in Tanzania, has produced their first gold pour and we at APT send them a hearty congratulations! The CATA gravity and cyanidation plant was supplied and installed by APT in response to the mine’s request to have the best technology available. APT responded with the supply of a gravity tower including the renowned Knelson concentrator coupled with a top of the range Consep Acacia reactor to treat gravity the Knelson gravity concentrates. The gravity tailings are then treated in two of APT’s state of the art TriTank reactors in CIL mode. Reagent dosing, elution and smelting completes the package. At a startup capacity of 40tph and further modules can be added to double that throughput.

“We believe this is the most advanced gravity/cyanidation package operating in Tanzania”, said business development officer Gary McFarlane. “It is a flagship APT installation that both we and the client can be justifiably proud of”, he said. The plant was also supplied with one of APT’s Field Laboratories with facilities to monitor plant performance as well as undertake analysis of exploration samples.

“We are currently in the process of supplying the much smaller APT TriTank20, especially designed to offer the same advanced technology to small scale operators. This not only demonstrates our commitment to the smaller players, but also offers a means for larger mining houses to pilot this advanced system”, said McFarlane.

We wish CATA every success in their future operations, it is a pleasure to have been of service to this forward thinking mining company.

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Fig 1 CATA tower and tanks under construction in record time

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Figure 2 The completed installation – neat, tidy, functional and efficient

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