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Metallurgical Society

Delprat Distinguished Lecture Series & Tronox Mine Plant Tour - South West WA Branch

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The South West WA Branch event will include site tours including mining operations, rehab operations, wet separation & concentrator plants at the Wonnerup and North Shore Tronox plant sites in Bunbury, WA.

About this event

This will be the eleventh series of lectures hosted by the Metallurgical Society, with the support of our sponsors: AMML, Ausenco, Extreme Metallurgy, Magotteaux, Newcrest Mining.

The 2021 Delprat Lecture speaker is Fran Burgess and the lecture is entitled “Achieve excellence in metallurgical operations - The Challenges and Opportunities”. Fran will reflect on her years in metallurgical operations and share some real insights into how to be effective, efficient and deliver some critical outcomes.

“To do this the overwhelming thing is a belief in people. The people are what make you or break you in any situation. The orebody, the equipment is important, however it is the people that make the difference.”

The lecture series celebrates the life of Guillaume Daniel Delprat, who was an engineer and metallurgist, and a pioneer of Australian mining industry. He came to Broken Hill in 1898 to become General Manager of BHP. BHP had become very prosperous through mining the rich silver-lead secondary or oxidised ores but could not extract the valuable zinc from the primary ore: the so-called ‘sulphide problem’.

Working with Potter, Delprat had observed in the laboratory that they could make the zinc sulphide in the tailings dumps attach to gas bubbles and float, thereby effecting a separation. A large scale processing plant was quickly built to put this research into practice and the process worked. Delprat had changed processing practice by building one of the first industrial flotation plants and zinc production became a major industry.

The GD Delprat Distinguished Lecture series was initiated in 2010 by Albyn Lynch and has welcomed many well respected industry figures as guest lecturers.


Fran Burgess

Fran has worked in the mining industry for over 40 years in operational metallurgical roles. She has worked for companies such as North Broken Hill, Minerals Mining and Metallurgy (MMM), Normandy, Pasminco, Zinifex, OZ Minerals, MMG, Perilya and Glencore. Most recently she was the General Manager of Processing, for Glencore Zinc in Mount Isa, and now works as a consultant.

Dolphin Discovery Centre Carpark
Anchorage Cove, off Koombana Dr,
Bunbury WA 6230

Friday, 21 May 2021
7.00am – 5.00pm (UTC+08:00)


Date and Time

Friday, 21 May 2021
7.00am – 5.00pm (UTC+08:00)


Dolphin Discovery Centre Carpark
Anchorage Cove, off Koombana Dr,
Bunbury WA 6230
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AusIMM Member $20.00
Non Member $50.00
AusIMM Student Member $10.00
Tronox Employees $0.00

Includes: morning tea, lunch and networking canapes provided.

Dress code: Long sleeve shirt & pants, Hi Vis component, safety boots are required.

Please note: Random alcohol and drug testing will be carried out at the tour sites.
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