The Oxidation of Sulphide Minerals In the Sullivan Mine

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 782, 1977

B. H. Good, Project Engineer, Mechanized Mining, Cominco Ltd., Kimberley, B.C.

This paper describes the research that has been conducted in an effort to understand the nature and causes of sulphide fires in the Sullivan Mine. Results of the investigation have led to several theories of the origin of the fires, the nature of the chemistry and a method for assessing the fire potential. Recommendations and the implications for the mining operation are also discussed.
Keywords: Sullivan Mine, Sulphide fires, Oxidation, Mine safety, Fires, Hot muck, Underground mining.