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Mr. Richard Burt

  • Forename: Richard
  • Surname: Burt
  • Primary Position: Senior Mineral Processing Engineeer
  • Secondary Position: World Authority on Screening and Gravity Separation

Brief CV

Richard is an engineer with world-wide recognition as a specialist in gravity concentration; 40 year career in minerals processing including 35 years related to gravity concentration; Author of the authoritative book on Gravity Concentration, and lecturer and consultant in gravity concentration throughout the world. Now an Independent Consultant associated with CMA, with a primary interest in minerals development projects especially those incorporating gravity concentration. 1997-2002: CABOT CORPORATION Director Mineral development • Managed all Cabot’s mineral development interests with international responsibilities. • Provided advice, primarily on tantalum mining operations, throughout the world, with special interest in Australian tantalum mining operations and major prospect in Greenland. 1977-97: TANTALUM MINING CORPORATION OF CANADA LTD, (TANCO)MANITOBA, CANADA • General Manager of all Tanco operations, transforming Tanco to a multi-product company, producing tantalum and lithium minerals as well as cesium chemicals. • Direct responsibility for testing and design leading to heavy medium and flotation concentration plant for spodumene • Worked with various technical and engineering companies as well as Government Agencies for various upgrades and new operations at Tanco • Designed gravity flowsheet for what has become world’s largest tantalum producer • (1986) Visiting lecturer at Northeast University, Shenyang, China Patents: Screening process (1969) Bartles Cross-Belt – gravity concentrator (1975) Publications: variety of subjects, including gravity concentration, classification, flotation, as well as base metals and industrial minerals processing, as well as tin smelting.


  • BSc (Eng) Hons. in Mineral Technology - Royal School of Mines, London - 1963

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