Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII

An ECI Conference Series

April 29-May  4, 2018
Century City Conference Center
Cape Town, South Africa

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About This Conference

Phosphate mining is one of the world’s largest mining industries in terms of value of production and annual tonnage. However, papers on phosphate mining and mineral processing are usually rare at most of the major mining as well as mineral processing conferences, both nationally and internationally.  Beneficiation of Phosphates has been established as the only conferences of international significance focusing on phosphate mineral processing.

Phosphate ore is not only the source of an essential nutrient (P) for plant growth, but it also contains substantial amounts of elements critical to developing green energy for the future. Uranium in phosphate deposits account for 88% of the unconventional U resources, while rare earth elements (REEs) in phosphate deposits represent hundreds of years of current world demand for these vital elements.  Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII will devote at least two sessions to comprehensive recovery of P and other values from phosphate ore, such as U, REEs, F, Th, and I.

Phosphate mining and processing generate two major waste streams, waste clay and phosphogypsum, in huge quantity.  These wastes are becoming significant financial and environmental liabilities for the industry, and present a public perception problem as well.  Naturally, utilization and treatment of these wastes will be one of the focuses of this conference, with two sessions tentatively scheduled, one on waste reduction and another on waste utilization.  Other important issues to be discussed include flotation efficiency, dolomite separation techniques, reduction of silica content, on-line analysis and process control, novel processing techniques and machinery, and hydrometallurgical processes.

In summary, Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII will cover the following topics:

  • Flotation and other physical separation techniques
  • New reagents development and testing
  • Beneficiation of carbonaceous phosphates
  • Separation of silica and silicates from phosphate
  • Processing of low-grade phosphates
  • Analysis and process control
  • Equipment and process development
  • Advances in phosphoric acid manufacturing
  • Phosphoric acid purification and uses
  • Comprehensive recovery of rare earths and other useful values from phosphate
  • Phosphogypsum purification and utilization
  • Sustainable development and the environment.

Conference Organization


Dr. Patrick Zhang, Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute, USA


Professor Jan Miller, University of Utah, USA
Professor Laurindo Leal Filho, Vale Institute of Technology (ITV), Brazil
Marius Porteus, Foskor-Mining Division, South Africa
Professor Neil Snyders, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Mr. Ewan Wingate, WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd., Australia
Prof. Guven Akdogan, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Organizing Committee Members:

Gary Albarelli, FIPR Institute
Tariq Alfariss, King Saudi University
Salah Al-Thyabat, Al-Hussein BinTalal University
Ricardo de Lima Barreto, Vale Fertilizantes
Hassan El-Shall, University of Florida
Charles Guan, Mosaic
Hans Huckstedt, LL Namibia Phosphates
Andrew James, Phosphate Australia Limited
Jaisen Kohmuench, Eriez Magnetics
Paul Kucera, Mosaic
Hamid Mazouz, OCP Group, Morocco
Brij Moudgil, University of Florida
Todd Parker, Arr-Maz Custom Chemicals
Jorgen Stenvold, Yara International ASA
Chuncheng Wei, China Bluestar Lehigh Eng. Corp.
Wending Xiao, Wuhan Inst. of Technology
Xiang Yang, China Univ. Geosciences
Zeqiang Zhang, Wuhan Institute of Technology

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of a proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

Oral and poster abstract deadline:      January 31, 2018

Poster size is A1 594 x 841 mm W x H (23.4″ x 33.1″)

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at THIS LINK

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Author and Presenter Information

All Authors/Presenters,

This conference does not require you to follow a standard template for your presentations. However, we would appreciate you complying with the following general guidelines:

  1. All presentations should be prepared using PowerPoint, version 2003 or higher.
  2. Keynote speeches are scheduled for 35 minutes each, 30 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.
  3. Regular presentations are scheduled for 25 minutes each, 20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.
  4. Please email your PPT to Patrick Zhang at by April 15. When submitting your PPT, please also attach a short bio of the presenter for introduction purpose. If you are not able to meet this deadline, please bring a USB with your PPT to the conference
  5. You are allowed to use company logos in your PPT design, but the presentation should be purely technical – No commercials/advertisements, please!
  6. You may use short video clips during your presentation solely for the purpose of illustrating or explaining the working principle of something that you have been describing in your lecture. These clips should not last for more than 120 seconds in total and may not be accompanied by any kind of sound track. Again, no promotional video presentations are allowed.

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is one of the leading cities in Africa, the second-most populated city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country. The city is set within the unique Cape floral kingdom and is surrounded by the historic winelands of the Western Cape that have earned the city its reputation as a gastronomic destination. Iconic Table Mountain forms the backdrop of the CBD (central business district) that runs down to its famous harbor and Table Bay. Cape Town is Africa’s most popular tourist destination and the #1 Convention City in Africa.

The Century City Conference Centre is strategically located on the N1 highway just a few minutes from Cape Town’s CBD. It is a secure, privately-managed, 250-hectare mixed-use precinct. This world-class model of New Urban planning and implementation successfully combines residential, commercial and leisure components in a beautifully landscaped setting on the banks of eight kilometers of picturesque waterways and canals. Century City is centrally located in relation to greater Cape Town, with easy access from the CBD, the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and the Southern, Northern and West Coast suburbs. Its location on the N1 also provides convenient access to the Cape Town International Airport, and the Cape Winelands.

The conference center boasts start of the art audio visual capabilities and high-speed wifi access throughout. It also has its own 125-room hotel.

For more information on Cape Town visit the official tourism web site.


Cape Town International Airport (CPT)is about 20 km from the conference center (about a 20-minute drive).

Driving directions to the Century City Conference Center and a map of the area are available here.

Airport Transfers

MK Tours can provide transfers from the airport for conference attendees. The cost is as follows:

1 Passenger:                      300 South African Rand (about US$24 as of 12/20/17).

2 – 3 Passengers:             450 South African Rand

4 or more passengers:   150 South African Rand per person

Bookings can be made via  or +27-84-563-7862 or +27-82-786-8054.

Pre- and Post-Conference Excursions

Click HERE to view a variety of excursions, including a technical tour of a mine operation, safaris, Cape Town and more.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals (with the exception of dinner on Tuesday) from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday, coffee breaks, group excursion on Wednesday, taxes and gratuities. Incidental fees (room service, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before March 12, 2018 Register after

March 12, 2018

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,905.00 US $2,105.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,610.00 US $1,810.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,195.00 US $1,395.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals as well as the conference excursion.) US $465.00 US $465.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and breakfast only. No badge will be issued for B&B only guests.) US $125.00 US $125.00

If you live in the Cape Town area and would like to register without accommodations, please contact ECI registrar Kathy Chan (”

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

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Pre and post conference reservations for the

Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII Conference

April 29 – May  4, 2018
Century City Conference Center
Cape Town, South Africa

Attendees who will arrive prior to April 29 or stay after the conference can reserve additional nights at the Century City Conference Centre Hotel.

The cost of accommodations (Bed and Breakfast, including VAT) in a single room is 1,760 South African Rand per night (Approx. $140 US, 120 €).  For a double room (two people), the cost is 2,040 South African Rand per night. A 1% tourism levy will be added to these costs.

To reserve at these conference rates please email  and indicate the conference name, additional date(s) required and number of guests, and note the discount code ECI2018.

Special Information for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before March 12, 2018.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (

Final Program

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