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Integrated Pump Rental

24th May 2019 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... 

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... 

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand
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... 

Tailings facility designs can save water at mines
ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams

Stainless steel pumps a solution for corrosive applications

3rd May 2019 The increasing challenges of dewatering with rising acid levels in mines are being met head on by associated companies Integrated Pump Technology and Integrated Pump Rental. Cognisance of the need for pumping solutions capable of operating in such highly corrosive environments informs the... 

Stainless steel pumps  a solution for  corrosive applications
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES Lee Vine, managing director of Integrated Pump Rental and Colin Adams, managing director of Integrated Pump Technology in front of a Sykes diesel driven stainless steel pump

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... 

Solutions provide mining with better  water quality
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,... 

Geosynthetic products protect environment
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... 

Water management  a reality for  mining industry
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... 

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

Process Pipe

29th April 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

Sustainable solutions possible for AMD treatment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa states that while acid mine drainage (AMD) decant in the Witwatersrand gold fields and surrounds should be dealt with urgently, there is no company large enough to start a large-scale water rehabilitation programme. “The Witwatersrand gold... 

Sustainable solutions  possible for AMD treatment
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TACKLING ACID MINE DRAINAGE Acid mine drainage is one of the single most significant threats to South Africa’s environment and needs to be urgently addressed

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 In reaction to the changing dewatering needs of local mines, South African pumps rental company Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) is evolving its service offering towards a full dewatering solution by introducing a stainless steel range of mine water pumps, and dewatering products. “There is a big... 

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management
DREDGING SOLUTION The SlurrySucker operates from the top of the water surface and sucks silt from the bottom of the processing pond

New pumping system to dewater deep mine shafts

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Centurion-based, family owned, pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has patented a new pump technology that will dewater deep-level mine shafts more efficiently. The Hippo high head series submersible slurry pump system can remove acid mine drainage (AMD) water from flooded mine shafts in a... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is exploring enhanced holistic measures to tackle mine dewatering in Africa. The company, a subsidiary of Scottish engineering company Weir Group PLC, has long provided the global and local mining and industrial sectors with sustainable and... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model
PUMP IT The Multiflo pontoons offer an integrated solution incorporating Linatex hoses, Isogate valves and Warman dewatering pumps

Platinum sector water management improves considerably

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 The platinum mining sector in South Africa has made “considerable” progress over the past ten years in its endeavours to recycle and reuse water, with 50% to 60% of water pumped into tailings dams being returned to the plant for reuse, indicates SRK Consulting, a firm of consulting engineers and... 

Platinum sector  water management improves considerably
ESCAPING EVAPORATION To mitigate the amount of water lost to evaporation, it is important to reduce the area of a tailings dam exposed to sunlight

Valves training centre well received by industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Valves supplier AVK Southern Africa (AVK SA) strives to deliver high-quality, flawless and durable valves, and assist mining companies with the critical aspect of selecting the correct valve for high-quality water flow solutions, by providing training to mining industry players through its new... 

Valves training centre  well received by industry
VITAL COMPONENT It is critical that mines select the correct valves to suit their specifications for quality water-flow solutions

Shift in thinking positive for uptake of new tech

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Mineral processing specialist Multotec is taking advantage of the prioritisation of water recovery and treatment in mining operations by creating awareness in the industry about its unconventional water-treatment methods. Multotec’s Samplers, Solid/Liquid and Magnetic Separation (SSM) division GM... 

Shift in thinking positive for uptake of new tech
PROMOTING TECHNOLOGY Multotec is actively aiming to educate the mining industry on the benefits and opportunities provided by its polishing filter, the Ishigaki Fibre-Wakishimzu

Capitalising on need to save water

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Vibrating equipment and solutions original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani, previously called Joest Kwatani, is capitalising on the recent drive by South African mines to increase the efficiency of their water use through innovation and technology by providing customised vibrating dewatering... 

Capitalising on  need to save water
TECH DRIVE Kwatani believes mines should reduce their overall water use through the introduction of innovation and technology, instead of relying on the discovery of new water sources

More to mining’s water challenge than AMD

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 With a range of water management challenges affecting the mining sector globally, industry needs to innovate solutions beyond its current focus on the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD), says independent process industry consultant and chemical engineer Santosh Gunpath. He notes that during... 

More to mining’s water challenge than AMD
Photo by Megan van Wyngaardt
REPRESSED FOCUS Acid mine drainage has monopolised the industry’s focus because of its environmental impact

Water management strategy cannot be ignored

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 With water scarcity and quality being fundamental risks to South Africa’s mines, necessitating that operations understand and develop water management strategies that ensure their viability, the comprehensive strategy of a North West platinum mine presents a level of management to aspire to,... 

Water management strategy cannot be ignored
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WATER INTENSIVE With mines requiring water in the majority of their processes, water management strategies are vital

Climate change shaping water management infrastructure

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Designing water-related infrastructure for mines needs to be based on future climate predictions rather than only past experience, asserts natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting South Africa (SA) senior hydrologist Dr Hartley Bulcock. Changing rainfall and temperature... 

Climate change shaping water management infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
WATER WORRIES Many mines in Southern Africa are located in areas where the trend of substantial changes in rainfall variability is already evident

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

Dewatering pump to help reopen shaft at Orkney

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Johannesburg-headquartered dewatering specialist Letaba Dewatering expects to start supplying dewatering pumps to Shaft 7 at the Orkney gold mine, in the North West, in October, enabling gold mining to restart. The company was provisionally awarded a tender to supply SAER dewatering pumps at the... 

Company to exhibit highly resilient pipe at Copperbelt expo

29th April 2016 Two trading arms of complete pipeline solutions provider Rare, Rare Plastics and Rare Pipeline Services (which incorporates Rare Construction Zambia), will be exhibiting at this year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) from May 12 to 13. Rare will be showcasing their new Rare... 

Ultrasonic heat and cold measurement for water

29th April 2016 South African process control instrumentation manufacturer and distributor Instrotech, representing Czech Republic manufacturer and supplier of flow meters ELIS PLZEN, is offering the Sonotherm 3070 (SN 3070) – an ultrasonic heat and cold meter. The product is intended to measure absolute... 

New method to neutralise flooded opencast mines

29th April 2016 Germany-based mine closure planning company GMB has developed the Underwater Nozzle Pipelines (UNP) method, using natural water circulation to distribute lime and carbon dioxide (CO2), as a more effective means of neutralising flooded opencast mines. “The method is particularly suitable for... 

Total dust management cuts water, operating costs considerably

29th April 2016 Treating in excess of ten-million square meters of permanent haul roads at opencast and underground mines globally, total dust management company Dust-A-Side a global leader in its field. The internationally active South African company has added substantial value and reduced costs significantly... 

Total dust management cuts water, operating costs considerably

Inaugural enviro forum to focus on mine water

1st May 2015 The treatment of mine water and wastewater will be a specific focus of the inaugural IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, scheduled to take place from September 15 to 18, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. This new sector platform will host suppliers and innovative solutions and technology... 

Resource-directed strategies help lower water use at mines

By: David Oliveira     1st May 2015 Mining houses need to employ integrated water management with a focus on resource-directed strategies to secure community and government support for project development, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd. He explains that... 

Resource-directed strategies  help lower water use at mines
INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT Resource-directed management results in the efficient use of mine’s water through employing prevention, reduction, treatment and reuse strategies

Piping solution combats mine wastewater contamination

1st May 2015 To eliminate the risk of mine wastewater contaminating the country’s water systems, mine operators should use corrosive-resistant glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) piping when transferring toxic water, says industrial water cooling tower solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). Mine... 

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