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Vojnotehnički glasnik
2016, vol. 64, iss. 4, pp. 1033-1047
article language: English
document type: Review Paper
published on: 01/09/2016
doi: 10.5937/vojtehg64-10592
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Hydrometallurgical processing of nickel lateritic ores
RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering, IME Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling, Aachen, Germany



Nickel production is a very important activity for the European Union because nickel is a unique constituent of stainless steel. Europe has lateritic (oxidic) ore deposits along a very well-known belt starting from the Alps and ending to the Himalayas. The lateritic belt passes through western Balkans and Greece and continues through Turkey to Asia. The known lateritic deposits in Serbia are located in three different areas called: Zapadna Morava (Rudjinci, Veluce, Ba), Sumadija (Lipovac, Kolarevici, Bucje) and Mokra Gora, which have many natural resources such as forests, rivers, etc. Therefore, it is very important to understand and show hydrometallurgical treatments of lateritic ores via mining and metallurgy in different parts of the world. In this paper, several exploitation scenarios for hydrometallurgical treatment and benefication of lateritic ores will be shown: Direct Nickel Process, Ravensthorpe and Murrin Murrin in Australia and Meta Cobalt Nickel in Turkey.



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