Metal Solvent Extraction

Metal solvent extraction  

From the copper mines of Chile to mining sites across the world, we have developed global expertise for choosing the right fluid to effectively extract valuable metals.

Escaid™ hydrocarbon diluents are used as diluents for the solvent extraction of minerals including copper, nickel, cobalt, uranium and zinc. Formulators are able to take advantage of a product slate to create tailored extraction solutions.

Applications and benefits

The Escaid portfolio features grades with low viscosities, high flash points and low evaporation rates to offer the right balance of good flow and phase separation with minimal diluent losses and reduced fire risk. Diluents with low aromatic content and high flash points also help enhance worker safety and meet stringent environmental requirements compared to kerosene-type aromatic-containing diluent.

  • High purity and product consistency
  • Reduced diluent losses
  • Improved safety at high temperature conditions
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    Fact sheet - Have a technical question? Ask the AnswerPerson

    The ExxonMobil AnswerPerson is a customer focused technical expert who provides rapid technical support for fluids products and applications. Know of them from the fact sheet.

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    High-performance diluents for metal extraction

    Escaid™ diluents are used in metal extraction. They provide higher flash point, lower vapor pressure and much lower aromatic content to the mining industry compared to traditional kerosene extraction diluents. Main metals extracted include copper, nickel and uranium. Escaid diluents are available in Escaid™ 110, Escaid™ 115 and Escaid™ 120.

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    Selecting the right diluent

    Diluent is a key component in the solvent extraction process. In selecting the optimal diluent for a mining operation, it is important to consider the technical performance as well as the potential safety (health, flammability) and environmental risks associated with the diluent.

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