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Modular wastewater treatment plant ideal for African mining industry – African Review

Created: Wednesday, 23 February 2022 09:54
image001WEC Projects, in conjunction with its partner, Multotec, has designed and custom engineered a wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali, West Africa
The plant, used to remove arsenic from the mine’s wastewater stream, incorporates a modular design which simplifies the logistics and reduces the costs of transport and installation.
The international mine operator is a client of Multotec, a local engineering company specialising in mineral processing plant design and installation. The company approached WEC Projects, a local EPC contractor in the water and wastewater treatment industry, to jointly develop a customised solution to remove toxic arsenic from the mine’s wastewater. A multi-stage removal system was required to meet the strict standards for the mine’s discharge. However, the system also required a modular design which would facilitate the transportation, installation and commissioning of the plant.
Wayne Taljaard, managing director of WEC Projects said, “The mining industry in Africa presents some very unique challenges, not the least of which are the remote locations of many of the mines and the difficulties experienced in getting staff and equipment to sites where road, power and water infrastructure is often lacking, hence the requirement by Multotec for a modular solution that would allow for rapid transport to site and to simplify its installation and commissioning.”
In the treatment process, the mine’s wastewater undergoes primary solid/water separation using coagulation and flocculation and the primary clarifier. From there it enters a two-stage chemical precipitation and secondary clarification process to reduce the arsenic levels. The final stage sees the sludge undergo dewatering before disposal. The treated water, although not potable, is then reused by the mine for process applications.
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