AurTec (Pty) Ltd, our South African based company, has more than 25 years experience in operating assay laboratories (www.superlabs.co.za) and 5 years in building and operating precious metal refineries. This includes the minting of gold coins and bars. The four key people have collectively over 100 years of experience ranging over many countries in Africa and Central Asia. Overall, this experience encompasses a wide range of skills; assay, gold buying, quality control (IS0 17025), security, metal accounting, project management, construction, training, skills handover, metallurgy and other. Quality control and security skills are believed to be KEY to operating precious metal refineries due to the very high value per unit volumes.
Four key people have collectively over 100 years of experience
Environmentally friendly and energy efficient
The environmentally friendly and energy efficient hydrometallurgical refinery process has been developed and improved over the years. It is currently manufactured in Turkey. This is based upon the aqua regia process and since there is a minimum of heating processes, gold losses are minimized. Previously in the industry, the Haber or Chlorine process was favoured, however, the capital cost is now typically more than fourfold for similar sized capacity. Due to the relative simplicity of the hydrometallurgical process, projects can be implemented in 9-12 months as opposed to a few years. Proposals have also been tabled to large gold mining companies, however, due to their internal project management requirements, and other assurance type processes, the cost of a hydrometallurgical refinery can be doubled, as well as the implementation schedule.
This video gives a brief explanation of the services that AurTec provides.
Experience and Expertise
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