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1. WO2020183469 - PROCÉDÉ DE RÉCUPÉRATION D'OR À PARTIR DE MINERAIS

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1) A process for recovering gold from a refractory gold ore, comprising the steps of:

electrolyzing a mixture consisting of the ore particles and an aqueous bromide solution in an electrolytic cell having anode and cathode, wherein bromine is produced at the anode by oxidation of the bromide, thereby dissolving gold in the aqueous phase ;

separating the ore particles from the aqueous phase to obtain a leach liquor;

adjusting the pH of the leach liquor to the alkaline range to produce a gold-containing precipitate;

collecting the gold-containing precipitate and recycling a bromide-containing barren solution for reuse as an aqueous bromide feed solution.

2) A process according to claim 1, wherein the pH of the leach liquor is adjusted to the alkaline range by electrolyzing the leach liquor in an electrolytic cell having anode and cathode, whereby hydroxide ions are produced at a cathode upon water reduction .

3) A process according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the refractory ore is sulfide-containing ore.

4) A process for recovering gold from a refractory gold ore in an electrolytic cell having anodic and cathodic compartments, comprising the steps of:

feeding an anolyte to the anodic compartment, the anolyte being a mixture of the ore particles and an aqueous bromide solution; feeding a catholyte to the catholyte compartment, the catholyte being AuBr2 and/or AuBr-r ions-containing pregnant leach solution, which was obtained after the leaching of a refractory gold ore with an aqueous bromine/bromide lixiviant;

applying an electrical voltage across the electrodes, thereby oxidizing bromide to bromine at the anode to dissolve gold in the anolyte and reducing water at the cathode to create an alkaline environment and precipitate a gold-containing solid in the catholyte;

separating the ore particles from the anolyte stream to obtain a leach liquor;

separating the gold-containing precipitate from the catholyte to collect the gold-containing precipitate and obtain bromide-containing barren solution for reuse as an aqueous bromide feed solution .

5) A process according to claim 4, wherein the feeding of the anolyte to the anodic compartment includes the circulation of an anolyte stream between the anodic compartment and a leach reactor where ore particles were mixed with the aqueous bromide solution; and the feeding of the catholyte to the catholyte compartment includes the circulation of a catholyte stream between the cathodic compartment and a reactor accommodating pregnant leach solution .

6) A process according to claim 5, comprising directing the leach liquor that is separated from the anolyte stream, to the circulation of the catholyte stream, and using the barren solution that is separated from the catholyte stream as feed solution in the circulation of the anolyte stream.

7) A process according to any one of claims 4 to 6, wherein the refractory ore is sulfide-containing ore.

8) A process according to claim 3 or 7, wherein the sulfide content of refractory ore is from 1 to 10 wt%.

9) A process according to any one of the preceding claims, where the alkaline environment at which gold-containing solid is precipitated is at pH in the range from 7.5 to 11.5.