Lachlan is a process engineer with seven years’ experience in the hydrometallurgical, mining, and mineral processing industries in both project and operational roles. Recently, Lachlan’s work has been focused primarily on-site, supporting the installation, commissioning, and optimisation of additional flotation capacity at Northparkes and full-circuit process modelling for combined mineral processing and hydrometallurgical processing at BHP’s Olympic Dam and Newcrest’s Lihir operations.
Lachlan previously provided technical services relating to the operation and optimisation of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam copper concentrator, as well as improving metallurgical accounting and implementing improved mill-liner designs with longer life cycles.
Resource and Eco-efficient Mine-to-Process Optimisation and Greenfield Solutions
The mining industry is facing lower grades and complex deposits that are difficult to exploit. On top of this, we see growing challenges associated with the cost and supply of energy and water, and increasing societal pressure to become more sustainable.
These factors, combined with low metal prices, mean that optimising the entire mining-and-processing production chain is essential for the profitability of both existing and new operations. Hatch is aware of these issues and is driving efforts to help mining operations achieve excellence in sustainable operating efficiency. This is being achieved through the optimisation and integration of mining and processing operating strategies in brownfield operations, as well as the design and implementation of more resource- and eco-efficient processes from mine to plant in greenfield projects.