|About this Abstract
||Part C-2: Gordon Ritcey Symposium: Advances in Hydrometallurgical Solution Purification Separations
||Breakthrough in Uranium Recovery from Saline Liquors by Ion Exchange
||Karin Soldenhoff, James Quinn, Tomasz Safinski, Keith Bowes, Merrill Ford
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Recovery of uranium in conventional ion exchange circuits, using strong base or weak base resins containing quaternary or tertiary amine functional groups, is based on an anion exchange mechanism. In saline liquors, chloride competes with uranium for the active resin sites and reduces resin loading . This results in significant negative impacts on the IX process in terms of plant throughput and operating costs.
In this paper we present the results of a study on the recovery of uranium from an acidic in-situ leach liquor containing approximately 9 g/L chloride. A range of resins were tested, and a high capacity strong base resin was identified with significantly enhanced loading compared to conventional resins. Other process relevant criteria such as loading kinetics and elution efficacy are also discussed. The process developed was successfully tested during a recent ion exchange pilot plant operated in conjunction with a field-leach trial.
||Planned: At-meeting proceedings