Sodium Cyanide

Berium Group is well positioned to play a leading role in the global sodium cyanide supply chain by providing cost effective feedstock to the producers of sodium cyanide and off-taking manufactured product for marketing and sales across the globe.

By leveraging our value proposition, we offer gold mining companies unique blend of consistently reliable delivery; cost effectiveness and efficient customer service.

Sodium cyanide leaching has been the dominant gold extraction technology since the 1970s in major gold mining operations across the world. Cyanide leaching is efficient and considerably much safer alternative to extraction with liquid mercury, which was previously the main method of removing gold from ore. The concentration of cyanide used in this process is normally in the range of 0.01% and 0.05% sodium cyanide (100 to 500 parts per million). Hydrogen cyanide and caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) are the key raw materials used in the production of this chemical.

Alternative complexing agents for gold, such as chloride, bromide, thiourea, and thiosulfate form less stable complexes and thus require more aggressive conditions and oxidants to dissolve the gold. These alternative reagents present risks to health and the environment, and are more expensive. This explains the current dominance of cyanide as the primary reagent for the leaching of gold from ores.

Berium delivers sodium cyanide safely according to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code and UN1689 regulations.

Berium supplies sodium cyanide to gold mining industries in a variety of physical and chemical forms, including solid white crystalline briquettes, flake cyanide and liquid cyanide. We deliver solid sodium cyanide packaged in intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) weighing one ton and stuffed in 20ft containers. Liquid sodium cyanide is supplied via specialized ISO tanks suitable for delivery by rail or road transport.

We also offer alternative shipment mode by steel cylinders: Sodium cyanide is packed into steel cylinders without load hatches and the top cover is hermetically sealed after filling the cylinder. The cylinders weigh 5 kilograms. Loaded cylinders net weight is 50 kgs and 85 kgs. The cylinders are stuffed in 20ft containers: (50 kgs by 350 cylinders: net weight 17,500 kgs) or (85 kgs by 210 cylinders: net weight 17,850 kgs)

We only supply cyanide directly to industrial users who uphold high regulatory standards. As such, are not able to enter into supply agreements with individuals.