Alice station was the first large producing Ore fields, within 100 years it has been mined out. Only the lost and down and out souls remain. The large companies have abandoned this site but the small miners remain. It is a wild and wooly place, imperial marshals have a small out post here.
Ore is processed on-site through a process of crushing, grinding, sulphidization, froth flotation, dewatering and bagging. From the ROM pad ore passes through a jaw crusher and a two-stage milling process, comprised of a primary SAG mill followed by a secondary ball mill. After milling, material is subject to a unique sulphidization process which coats lead carbonate particles with a molecular sulphide layer, thereby encouraging flotation and allowing for the use of conventional flotation. Dewatering to achieve an 8% final moisture is accomplished via dual-stage concentrate thickening tanks followed by pressure filtering. Concentrate is gravity-fed from the pressure filter to the bagging area, where material is loaded into two tonne bags for transport, as outlined in “Transport, Testing and Sampling” below.