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Mine Water

Supplier introduces tailings portfolio

13th May 2022 Mining equipment supplier Metso Outotec is introducing its comprehensive tailings management solutions offering for the sustainable management of mine tailings. The offering unites the company’s frontrunning products with decades of process expertise and covers tailings thickening and dewatering,... 

Certainty over closure needed

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 The current version of the National Mine Closure Strategy, released for comment by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in May 2021, aims to improve the efficiency of water management at mine sites and develop a post-closure mine water strategy. Environmental organisation the... 

Supplier launches advanced water management system

13th May 2022 Wet processing solutions supplier CDE has revealed its new AquaCycle A2500 thickener, the latest addition to its top-of-the-line water management and recycling systems. With a capacity of 2 500 m³/h, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date. 

Image of CDE's new A2500
EFFICIENT WATER SUPPLIES With a capacity of 2 500 m³/h, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date

Organisation stresses need for long-term AMD solution

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 Environmental organisation the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) stresses the need for a long-term solution to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand goldfields. FSE CEO Mariette Liefferink says failure to implement such a solution may lead to an increase of the salt... 

Generic image of acid mine drainage
ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AMD is associated with surface and groundwater pollution, soil quality degradation, harming aquatic sediments and fauna, and enabling metals to seep into the environment

Weir presents water management offering

13th May 2022 Optimising water use is a priority for equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa – it is an area that can often be overlooked but contributes significantly to a mine’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) drive, as well as its bottom line. “Our product and service offering aims to... 

Image of a pontoon and barge
COMPREHENSIVE WATER SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals offers engineered to order pontoon barges to suit their customers’ dewatering requirements

Multifaceted approach needed for water stewardship

13th May 2022 While water stewardship is not a well-known term, according to global organisation the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, it has been simply defined as “the use of water in a socially equitable manner, that is environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial”. Consulting... 

Image of WSP in Africa water treatment team leader Peter Willie
PETER WILLE Innovative water stewardship must focus on reducing water loss by reducing evaporation, maximising re-use and recycling and extending the lifecycle of mine water

Company shows innovation in local market

13th May 2022 Mining solutions provider FlowCentric Mining Technologies have attained huge success by providing Rhino mechanical evaporators and other tailor-made solutions to local and international markets since 2015.    

Image of a Rhino Evaporator 2
TAILOR-MADE SOLUTIONS Each project is designed to ensure the most cost effective and environment-friendly benefits to FlowCentric’s clients

Slurry cleanup completed to DMRE’s satisfaction

13th May 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) reports that the coal slurry clean-up has been completed successfully to the satisfaction of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). The clean-up was undertaken largely through the use of manual labour, with excavators... 

Image of the ZAC cleanup
ZAC CLEAN-UP the coal slurry clean-up has been completed successfully to the satisfaction of the DMRE

Pumps acceptance testing achieved remotely

7th May 2021 Local pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has launched an innovative online acceptance test procedure that no longer requires customers or their engineering teams to be present when acceptance testing takes place. “Acceptance tests and final inspection are an essential proof of compliance... 

FARTHER-TEST
Being able to test from a distance or remotely has become a reality during Covid-19
FARTHER-TEST Being able to test from a distance or remotely has become a reality during Covid-19

Substantial water savings add up

7th May 2021 Solid liquid separation specialists Watercare Mining, in a case study published last month, highlighted cost savings of about R760 000 a month, following its upgrade of a mine’s water treatment plant. The upgrade of the existing water treatment plant entailed the optimised use of abundant and... 

CARRY-ION
Being able to save water on a month to month basis is now possible subsequent an upgrade on a mines water treatment plant
CARRY-ION Being able to save water on a month to month basis is now possible subsequent an upgrade on a mines water treatment plant

Company offers engineered solutions for pump systems

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Specifying pumps for mine water applications is not as simple as it would first appear, and these applications often require a bespoke solution, says original-equipment pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa. Incorrect specification could result in poor performance, excessive operational and... 

MOVEMENT MADE EASY Weir Minerals’ pontoons allow for equipment to be easily moved when necessary
MOVEMENT MADE EASY Weir Minerals’ pontoons allow for equipment to be easily moved when necessary

Local clarification, dewatering system going global

By: Halima Frost     7th May 2021 Water treatment specialist Watercare Mining tells Mining Weekly that it is in talks with mining houses in Australia, Canada, India and Europe to incorporate  the Watercare Integrated High-Rate Clarifier and Dewatering (IHRC&D) system as part of early feasibility studies for various mine... 

SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM The successful implementation of Watercare Mining's systems locally has led to the move to mines internationally
SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM The successful implementation of Watercare Mining's systems locally has led to the move to mines internationally

New mining filtration solutions launched

7th May 2021 Minerals and metals processing technology company Metso Outotec announced last month that it would be launching a comprehensive range of smart and sustainable filtration solutions to meet the needs of the mining industry. The filtration solutions will also address the needs of demanding... 

FILTRATION FIRST
The new range of filtration solutions from Metso Outotec are smart and sustainable
FILTRATION FIRST The new range of filtration solutions from Metso Outotec are smart and sustainable

Plant destined for coal mine

7th May 2021 Water solutions provider Clean TeQ Water, in March, announced that it had been awarded a contract to design, procure, deliver and install a BIONEX water treatment plant at a coal mine in inner Mongolia, China. “We have persisted for a long time to make inroads into the very large Chinese water... 

WATER WOES
The water treatment plant supplied by Clean TeQ Water will assist the Mongolian cola mine with its wastewater
WATER WOES The water treatment plant supplied by Clean TeQ Water will assist the Mongolian cola mine with its wastewater

Integrated Pump Rental

8th September 2020 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer cus­tomers quick and easy access to a comprehen­sive... 

Integrated Pump Rental

Water cleaning system modified for SA’s AMD

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     8th May 2020 Following its attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in February and, having previously conducted research on the country’s acid mine drainage (AMD) problem, Finland-based company EPSE is now involved in several mine water purification projects in South Africa. “The mining industry... 

TESTING 1, 2
Lab-scale tests are constructed and the chemical recipe is adjusted
TESTING 1, 2 Lab-scale tests are constructed and the chemical recipe is adjusted

Water-related planning essential for mines

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     8th May 2020 As mining operations are extremely water-intensive and -dependent, it is important to have a good understanding of water sources, movement and discharge at the mine, say engineering consultants WSP, adding that the funding to treat and transfer water is equally important. “Maintaining an accurate... 

KAREN KING
Maintaining an accurate process flow diagram and water balance are key to mine water planning
KAREN KING Maintaining an accurate process flow diagram and water balance are key to mine water planning

Active efforts to conserve water resources

8th May 2020 It is commonly accepted that South Africa is a water-stressed country but, as a developing country, the balance between growth and the exploitation of natural resources is a sensitive matter, says mining investment company Menar. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) noted that the 2017... 

Dewatering systems more than just pumps

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 Fit-for-purpose, ever-evolving, integrated dewatering systems are becoming increasingly important for miners to maintain sustainable operations in an era of significant technological developments. Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa, driving its evolving, flexible and mobile... 

MARNUS KOORTS
Mines are increasing aiming to optimise their process and implement a complete integrated solution
MARNUS KOORTS Mines are increasing aiming to optimise their process and implement a complete integrated solution

Dredging unit shows its versatility

8th May 2020 A recent two-week trial at a mine on South Africa’s West Coast has reaffirmed the value of specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rental’s (IPR’s) SlurrySucker dredging unit – even in saltwater and high-volume conditions. The mine’s main process water pond offered a significant challenge, as... 

KEEPING IT CLEAN
The SlurrySucker dredging equipment could quickly dredge the sewage pond before there was any danger of overflow
KEEPING IT CLEAN The SlurrySucker dredging equipment could quickly dredge the sewage pond before there was any danger of overflow

Long-term treatment vital for water supply

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     8th May 2020 With the delay in the long-term treatment or desalination of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the integrated Vaal river system and the delay in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, interventions are required to reduce the risk of water restrictions, states mining environmental activist... 

TOO SALTY
Additional salinity, owing to the current rate of treatment, creates water security risks
TOO SALTY Additional salinity, owing to the current rate of treatment, creates water security risks

Spillway gates increase dam capacity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     8th May 2020 Increasing the capacity of return water dams results in additional water for mine use, particularly when considering the water-intensive nature of mining activities, and the consumption of water by staff and residential communities in and around a mine. Automatic water control equipment supplier... 

FREE FLOWING
A dam can be raised up to 6 m and can double its capacity with the addition of spillway gates
FREE FLOWING A dam can be raised up to 6 m and can double its capacity with the addition of spillway gates

Process Pipe

9th July 2019 Process Pipe and its newly acquired company, CAB South Africa, has established a national footprint as a wholesaler and retailer of carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Moreover, as Process Pipe & CAB... 

Process Pipe

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Treating mine water has become more common as the mines try to minimise their impacts.  This has allowed for different types of water treatment options to enter the market, as well as a growing understanding of the environmental and economic impact, and where the water can be used to support... 

EVERY DROP COUNTS Mines need to reduce their water consumption and also take into consideration the increasing need for water as the population grows
EVERY DROP COUNTS Mines need to reduce their water consumption and also take into consideration the increasing need for water as the population grows

Protocol strengthens standards

3rd May 2019 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has introduced a new standard, the Water Stewardship Protocol, as part of its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. This protocol will play an important role in the continuous improvement taking place in the mining industry regarding sustainable... 

Tailings facility designs can save water at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 At the start of the design process, the design problem and solution have to be conceptualised to allow for the design objectives for a tailings facility to be formulated. A range of techniques can then be used and applied to undertake the design, including appropriate analyses, to ensure water... 

ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams
ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams

Solutions provide mining with better water quality

3rd May 2019 An innovative new mobile water station has been developed to provide safe drinking water for remote workforces in the mining sector – improving water quality and worker satisfaction, cutting costs and spurring improved environmental performance by slashing the need for costly single-use plastic... 

SUCCESSFUL DEBUT
The Bluewater Trailer mobile water station has been successfully piloted on the set of the 'Raised by Wolves' television series
SUCCESSFUL DEBUT The Bluewater Trailer mobile water station has been successfully piloted on the set of the 'Raised by Wolves' television series

Geosynthetic products protect environment

3rd May 2019 The mining industry - which has become a major user of geosynthetic materials - recognises the value of using geosynthetic products for environmental protection, says geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) geotechnical engineer Johnny Oriokot. Therefore,... 

A GAME PLAN Working closely with mine engineers helps provide solutions for mine water projects
A GAME PLAN Working closely with mine engineers helps provide solutions for mine water projects

Water management a reality for mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Amid cost balancing; global economy fluxes; revolving regulatory changes; geopolitical, civil and social pressures; and the effects of climate change, water management is emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue in the global energy and mining resource industries, says pumps manufacturer... 

DARRYL MACDOUGALL Verder has improved the technology of the Verderflex peristaltic hose and tube pumps to provide a solution for demanding applications
DARRYL MACDOUGALL Verder has improved the technology of the Verderflex peristaltic hose and tube pumps to provide a solution for demanding applications

GEMS

3rd May 2019 GE Monitoring Systems, or GEMS, is a geo-technical and civil instrument supply and installation company, offering the latest telemetry options for easy data collection.  Founded in 2014, GEMS staff has over 50 years of combined experience. The company provides high-quality testing, installation... 

GEMS

Alternative water treatment pursued

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Mine managers are investigating the use of existing wetlands or creating wetlands to passively treat some of their used water, thereby reducing the volume of water that needs to be actively treated before and during discharge, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa... 

KAREN KING The environment has benefited from the stricter legislation that governs how mines should treat their water
KAREN KING The environment has benefited from the stricter legislation that governs how mines should treat their water
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