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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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MINETEK's installations have been very successful and prompted the contracting of MINETEK to conduct a full mobile fleet and fixed plant noise monitoring assessment at the Acland mine site.

New Hope Group Project Superintendent

MINETEK will continue to be a favoured technical resource and supplier to the New Hope Group and are recommended as a professional, respected and competent supplier of technical services, equipment and products for noise abatement and other industrial products.

New Hope Group Project Superintendent

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

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

The relatively small fans allowed us to utilise our existing bulkhead, where we were severely limited by space, which allowed us to use our existing infrastructure and dramatically reduce downtime in the mine during the change out. The installation was completed safely... and allows us to scale our ventilation flow with their pressure on demand system to suit our production profile.

Saracen Thunderbox Underground Manager
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