The main objective of the conference was to provide delegates from the various operations with the opportunity to share their experiences, problems, successes, innovations, and inventions.
Highlights included presentations by current BIOX operators detailing the advances they have made in the operation of their plants. There were also presentations about potential BIOX projects, highlighting the exciting future of this technology.
Outotec also gave feedback on the research and development work being conducted, both in-house and through various sponsored masters and doctorial study programs. An excellent presentation was given by Prof. Sue Harrison from the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering at the University of Cape Town: “BIOX Culture Dynamics, Physiological Potential and Factors Affecting Performance”. This work is part of a three-year R&D program sponsored by Outotec to better understand the BIOX bacterial culture.
The first two days of the conference took place at a hotel in Manila. On February 27th delegates traveled by bus to Solano in Northern Luzon, some 280 km north of Manila, for a visit on February 28th to the Runruno gold-molybdenum project.