Patents Assigned to Sherritt International Corporation
  • Patent number: 10544482
    Abstract: Process to recover copper from a process feed including one or more feed components containing a base metal sulphidic feed, iron, copper and arsenic. Process feed and aqueous quench solution are introduced to a pressure oxidative leaching step with a partial pressure of oxygen above 200 kPa to form free sulphuric acid, to solubilize copper and other metal in the feed as aqueous sulphate compounds and to precipitate arsenic as solid iron arsenic compounds. A treated slurry comprising a liquid phase containing sulphuric acid and copper sulphate, and solids containing the iron arsenic compounds is withdrawn and the liquid phase is separated from the solids. To lessen arsenic re-dissolution and to maintain stability of the solid iron arsenic compounds, one or more of temperature, free acid level and residence time of the treated slurry is controlled. Copper metal is recovered from the separated liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventors: Kelvin Richard Buban, Michael Joseph Collins, Preston Carl Holloway
  • Patent number: 10449607
    Abstract: Process to decrease silicon content of metal powder produced by hydrogen reduction from ammoniacal ammonium sulphate solutions containing metal ammine complexes, wherein metal (Me) is Ni, Co, or Cu. The process controls the precipitation of metal hydroxide, which is found to be an effective scavenger for silicon. Silicon is preferentially removed from metal diammine sulphate-containing solutions by precipitating with a small amount of a metal hydroxide, and then separating the silicon-bearing metal hydroxide precipitate from the solution. This solution, from which the silicon impurity has been removed with the metal hydroxide precipitate, can then be reduced in one or more densification cycles with a reducing gas to produce an elemental metal powder having a decreased silicon content. Alternatively, the solution is reduced to produce a low silicon metal powder seed material for the first of the one or more densification cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventor: Fu Qin
  • Patent number: 10358610
    Abstract: A process is provided to partially upgrade heavy oil using two or more reaction zones connected in series, each reaction zone being a continuous stirred tank maintained at hydrocracking conditions. The heavy oil feedstock and a solid particulate catalyst are stirred to form pumpable slurry which is heated to a target hydrocracking temperature and then continuously fed to the first reaction zone. Hydrogen is continuously introduced to the reaction zone to achieve hydrocracking and to produce a volatile vapor stream carried upwardly by the hydrogen to produce an overhead vapor stream. The hydrocracked heavy oil slurry from one reaction zone is fed to a next reaction zone also maintained under hydrocracking conditions with a continuous hydrogen feed to produce a volatile vapor stream. The overhead vapor stream from each reactor zone is continuously removed, and the hydrocracked heavy oil slurry from the last of the reaction zones is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventors: Mohammad Reza Malek Abbaslou, Ali Abbaspour Gharamalek, Iftikhar Huq, John Henry Marsh
  • Publication number: 20180298466
    Abstract: Process for recovering one or both of copper and silver from a sulphidic feed containing iron, arsenic, copper and silver by pressure oxidizing an aqueous feed slurry of the sulphidic feed in a pressure vessel to form a liquid phase containing free sulphuric acid and aqueous copper sulphate, and to precipitate arsenic as solid iron arsenic compounds. The process includes operating the pressure vessel at a sufficiently low solids content to maintain a free acid level below 30 g/L in the liquid phase, and providing sufficient heat to maintain a temperature in the pressure vessel above 200° C. Copper metal is recovered from the liquid phase and/or silver may be recovered from the solids by cyanide leaching without the need for a jarosite destruction step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Tjeerd SMIT, Preston Carl HOLLOWAY
  • Publication number: 20170106450
    Abstract: Process to decrease silicon content of metal powder produced by hydrogen reduction from ammoniacal ammonium sulphate solutions containing metal ammine complexes, wherein metal (Me) is Ni, Co, or Cu. The process controls the precipitation of metal hydroxide, which is found to be an effective scavenger for silicon. Silicon is preferentially removed from metal diammine sulphate-containing solutions by precipitating with a small amount of a metal hydroxide, and then separating the silicon-bearing metal hydroxide precipitate from the solution. This solution, from which the silicon impurity has been removed with the metal hydroxide precipitate, can then be reduced in one or more densification cycles with a reducing gas to produce an elemental metal powder having a decreased silicon content. Alternatively, the solution is reduced to produce a low silicon metal powder seed material for the first of the one or more densification cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventor: Fu QIN
  • Publication number: 20170009318
    Abstract: Process to recover copper from a process feed including one or more feed components containing a base metal sulphidic feed, iron, copper and arsenic. Process feed and aqueous quench solution are introduced to a pressure oxidative leaching step with a partial pressure of oxygen above 200 kPa to form free sulphuric acid, to solubilize copper and other metal in the feed as aqueous sulphate compounds and to precipitate arsenic as solid iron arsenic compounds. A treated slurry comprising a liquid phase containing sulphuric acid and copper sulphate, and solids containing the iron arsenic compounds is withdrawn and the liquid phase is separated from the solids. To lessen arsenic re-dissolution and to maintain stability of the solid iron arsenic compounds, one or more of temperature, free acid level and residence time of the treated slurry is controlled. Copper metal is recovered from the separated liquid phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventors: Kelvin Richard BUBAN, Michael Joseph COLLINS, Preston Carl HOLLOWAY
  • Patent number: 8221710
    Abstract: Methods for recovering base metals, including, among other metals, molybdenum and nickel, from metal sulfides containing a Group VIB metal and a Group VIII metal. Generally, the methods comprise: contacting metal sulfides with a leaching solution containing ammonia and air to dissolve the metals into the leaching solution, forming a slurry containing soluble complexes of the metals, ammonium sulphate and solid residue containing ammonium metavanadate and any carbonaceous materials. The solid residue containing ammonium metavanadate and carbonaceous materials is then separated from the slurry and metal complexes are precipitated from the slurry by adjusting the pH. A second slurry may be formed comprising a second solid residue and a primary filtrate comprising ammonium sulfate solution that is substantially free of metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventors: John Stiksma, Roman Berezowsky
  • Publication number: 20110058998
    Abstract: There is provided a method of treating a metalliferrous material, comprising providing a metalliferrous material including at least one target metallic element, solubilising the metalliferrous material so as to effect production of an intermediate product including an operative solution. The operative solution includes a solvent component and a solute component. The solute component includes at least one solute component-based target metallic element and each one of the at least one solute component-based target metallic element corresponds to a one of the at least one target metallic element of the metalliferrous material such that the operative solution includes at least one target metallic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Joseph COLLINS, Preston Carl HOLLOWAY, Eugene William YUZDA
  • Publication number: 20100300249
    Abstract: There is also provided a method of treating a metalliferrous material. The method includes providing a metalliferrous material including nickel, cobalt, and iron. At least a fraction of the metalliferrous material is leached with an aqueous solution including dissolved sulphuric acid and dissolved sulphur dioxide in a reaction zone so as to effect production of a leachant including nickel sulphate, cobalt sulphate, and iron sulphate. The leachant is contacted with a reagent material in a reaction zone, wherein the reagent material is aqueous ammonia solution, so as to effect production of a reaction product including a product solution component and a solid residue component. The nickel and cobalt are concentrated in the product solution component, and the iron is concentration in the solid residue component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Budac, Dennis Belton, Russ Kofluk
  • Publication number: 20100300248
    Abstract: A method of treating a metalliferrous material source is provided. The metalliferrous material source includes at least one of nickel sulphide and cobalt sulphide, and also includes iron sulphide. The metalliferrous material source is leached with a preliminary leachant in a leaching zone to effect production of a preliminary leach product including a preliminary leach solution and a preliminary leach solid residue. The preliminary leachant includes an aqueous solution comprising ammonia and ammonium sulphate. The preliminary leach solution includes at least one of dissolved nickel comprising material and dissolved cobalt comprising material. The preliminary leach solid residue includes: (i) at least one of nickel sulphide and cobalt sulphide, (ii) at least one of other nickel comprising material and other cobalt comprising material, and (iii) other iron comprising material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Budac, Dennis Belton, Russ Kofluk
  • Patent number: 6949232
    Abstract: There is provided an improvement in a process for producing cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate which process comprises oxidatively pressure leaching nickel cobalt sulphides in an ammoniacal ammonium sulphate solution. The nickel and cobalt sulphides are oxidized to sulphates, and an ammoniacal leach liquor in which dissolved cobalt is predominantly in the (III) oxidation state is produced. The ammoniacal leach liquor is combined with ammonia to precipitate the triple salt of cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate, nickel (II) hexammine and ammonium sulphate which is further treated to produce a crystalline cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate and a nickel enriched leach liquor. The improvement involves the provision of a second oxidative pressure treatment effective to maximize the formation of the desired cobalt (III) hexammine ion, prior to the triple salt precipitation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin Kerry Wyllie Freeman, Ockert Gerbrandt Pauw, Russell Peter Kofluk, James John Budac
  • Patent number: 6267800
    Abstract: A process for producing cobalt metal powder from nickel-cobalt sulphides wherein said nickel-cobalt sulphides are leached in an ammoniacal ammonium sulphate solution under an elevated pressure of an oxygen bearing gas, at a temperature of at least 80° C., with an effective ammonia to metals mole ratio in the range of 5:1 to 6.5:1 to oxidize the nickel and cobalt sulphides to sulphates, and to produce an ammoniacal leach liquor in which dissolved cobalt is predominantly in the (III) oxidation state, and an ammoniacal ammonium sulphate leach residue containing a cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate-calcium sulphate double salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventor: Gavin Kerry Wyllie Freeman
  • Patent number: 6264904
    Abstract: There is provided a process for the recovery of cobalt as cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate, comprising adding an effective amount of a calcium sulphate slurry to an ammoniacal ammonium sulphate solution containing cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate to thereby selectively precipitate a cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate-calcium sulphate double salt. The solution containing other base metal impurities is separated from the cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate-calcium sulphate double salt precipitate. An effective amount of an ammonium carbonate containing solution is added to the double salt precipitate to thereby redissolve cobalt (III) hexammine sulphate and precipitate calcium carbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Sherritt International Corporation
    Inventor: Gavin Kerry Wyllie Freeman