Hatch has been awarded an exclusive licence to commercialise a suite of mining technologies developed by the Queensland-based Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE).
CRC Ore’s Grade Engineering services are designed to help miners to more efficiently treat lower grade ores and wastes to extract valuable minerals, increasing the life of mines and reducing their environmental footprint.
CRC ORE chief executive officer Dr Ben Adair said Hatch was a long-term participant in CRC ORE and had actively championed Grade Engineering and its benefits to the industry.
“At CRC ORE, our goal has been to develop our solutions to the highest possible standard and then ensure these are then managed by the most capable practitioners to take them to industry,” he said.
“Hatch is the perfect partner to ensure the long-term future of Grade Engineering.”
Under the terms of the commercialisation arrangement, Hatch will use Grade Engineering Intellectual Property (IP) for their consulting services.
Hatch managing director for Australia and Asia Jan Kwak said being able to offer Grade Engineering was an exciting step forward for Hatch and the mining industry.
“Grade Engineering enables miners to reduce their energy, water and waste signatures while enhancing the productivity and profitability of their operations,” he said.
“It also brings us a step closer to our vision for process intensification.”
To facilitate the transition, CRC ORE’s Grade Engineering team will relocate to Hatch’s Brisbane office, supporting Hatch with current and potential users of Grade Engineering.
CRC ORE chief executive officer Dr Ben Adair and Hatch managing director – Australia and Asia Jan Kwak signing the Grade Engineering commercialisation agreement
- More information on Grade Engineering can be found at crcore.org.au/GradeEngineering.