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Flue Gas Desulfurization WASTEWATER

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Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) is a process that can require the use of water to remove sulfur dioxide (SO2) from flue gases produced by burning high sulfur fuels such as coal and oil. Also referred to as Flue Gas Scrubbing (FGS), FGD has been used since the 1960s in large stationary sources of pollution such as power generation plants.

The wastewater generated by Flue Gas Desulfurization is referred to as FGD wastewater (FGD water) or FGD bottom ash with wet scrubbers used to scrub the water of gases.

The result, however, is water high in contaminants and pollutants. The wastewater is often supersaturated with gypsum and is highly acidic with high concentrations of Total Dissolvable Solids (TDS) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) with chlorides, fluorides, nitrates, nitrites and potentially harmful trace metals.

This water that comes from FGD must go through proper wastewater removal systems prior to discharge. Minetek has the ability to manage FGD wastewater through an innovative, yet simple, and sustainable groundwater management and water evaporation processing with a global network of specialists able to assist in any industrial setting around the world.

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Kipoi have successfully utilized MINETEK WATER evaporators on our process water pond to remove mine water and has contributed to help with our water balance. We are currently in the process of moving these units to where the catchment area is larger giving us better utilization of the evaporators.

Tiger Resources Process Superintendent

We found the MINETEK WATER team listened and supported our situation with helpful guidance and advice to layout the evaporator pipework maximising their efficiency. I would highly recommend the units to others needing a cost effective solution to excess water.”

Osborne Gold Mine Superintendent Environment

We are always looking at new innovations and technologies that will benefit both us and our clients. Minetek has been able to display that with the use of their modern ventilation technology, where we can look to see production increases through faster re-entry times and reduced capital costs in the total life of the development, delivering value to both us and Mincor.

Pit N Portal CEO

MINETEK provides quality, proven solutions and are established as leading air attenuation specialists.

Glencore International AG Global HME Category Manager

After investigating a raft of different methods from sprinkler systems through to desalination systems (too costly for little benefit) we decided on the MINETEK WATER units. The evaporators were easy to install and once activated ran trouble free. We were very happy with the service from MINETEK and the reliability of the system.

OCE Glencore Collinsville Superintendent
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