The mineral processing facilities of gold and base metals mining operations make extensive use of water. Beginning at the mills, the crushed ore is transported as slurry through the processing plant. The water is eventually separated from the metal concentrate or waste tailings and returned to the mill for re-use. The recycle stages include thickener overflow, tailings return and process water feed.
The primary objective of ZI-CHEM water management programs in these systems is to reduce the scale deposition in the mill water circuit water lines, pumps, pressure regulating valves, sprinklers and laterals by the most effective means available. This will achieve the following benefits for the mill operations:
The water management programs developed by ZI-CHEM are based on global technologies that have been applied in the field for many years and refined to optimize and enhance results.
The key components of the scale control management program include: