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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 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

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

Glencore International AG Global HME Category Manager

I have used these evaporators very successfully at mine sites where I have worked in the past. They are an extremely reliable unit and worked above expectations in the environment where we had them set up. As for spray drift/mist this can be controlled by the weather monitoring systems that are available with the units. Additionally, how you set them up and the amount of fall you can achieve allows for more moisture to be stripped from the droplets]will greatly benefit your overall evaporation rates.

Rolleston Coal Operations 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

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
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