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Water Evaporator Project

Tailings Water Management

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Our automated mechanical evaporation solutions are proven to help deliver the safe, reliable tailings water management of Mine Affected Water (MAW) in Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF) around the world.

It has long been recognised that the effective management of MAW in tailings dams represents a significant safety, environmental and commercial priority for mining operators with these important facilities designed to store wastewater, a by-product of the mining beneficiation process.

With an estimated 3,500 TSF operations around the world, the need for effective tailings water management is clear and present. On average, 3 of these tailings dams fail each year with incidents over the last 15 years on the rise. Although the current failure rate represents a small percentage of the overall number of dams, these occurrences can lead to significant environmental impacts and even death.

Aside from the high costs of building and maintaining TSF operations, with construction and ongoing inspection cost on the rise, mining operators are also exposed to further risks with the potential for unmanaged water to leach into local ecosystems causing untold damage.

However, the safety, environmental and commercial risks of tailings dams can be mitigated by the implementation of a water evaporation system, designed to remove excess water, reduce dam water levels and ensure compliance with global standards.

Minetek has built significant expertise in this space developing the world's largest and most cost-effective land and floating/pontoon-based evaporators. Our solutions are automated and designed for all TSF applications including upstream, downstream and midstream sites and are available for use across all commodities including gold, copper, zinc, coal, cobalt and oil sands mines.

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We have placed some difficult demands upon MINETEK. These demands are never an issue, and are met with the enthusiasm and professionalism we have grown to expect from the MINETEK team.

Liebherr Australia Mining Manager

MINETEK understand our business, and our requirements, and always display a solid commitment to meeting our goals. We enjoy an open and honest business relationship, and we consider ours to be a lifelong partnership.

Liebherr Australia Mining Manager

We have utilised MINETEK for a number of sound attenuation projects in the Hunter Valley and have formed an excellent relationship with Glencore over many years. MINETEK understand our industry and always provide a solid and professional commitment to meeting our goals and objectives."

Glencore International AG Global HME Category Manager

Good product with great service leads to a great outcome. My dealings with MINETEK WATER and their supply and service of evaporator fans was one of high quality. I installed 10 evaporator fans on climate control to maximise efficiency and the results were incredible. From the first meeting through to commissioning nothing was a problem for the MINETEK WATER team. I would highly recommend this product to anyone with water disposal issues.

Integra Coal Operations Coal Handling & Preparation Plant (CHPP) Manager

Our evaporators are still performing flawlessly and working absolutely great. They have been running 24/7 without a single hiccup. Thanks again!”

Klondex Mines Process Maintenance Planning Manager
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