Following years of research and development in intelligent process solutions for solid and liquid mine effluent, from 14-16 March 2018 Mintek will, host a technology demonstration to showcase technologies at the Mintek Technology Demonstration site in Randfontein.
The demonstration site provides a platform for the intelligent integration of Mintek technologies developed to treat highly polluted waste water sites with high uranium concentrates such as Robinson Lake in Randfontein.
The technology demonstration will highlight Mintek’s revolutionary processes for solid and waste water treatment, namely: SAVMIN, MetRIX, NICMembrane, Biological Oxidation, and Biological Sulfate Reduction.
Made possible by the unique partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater, where collectively the technologies have been refined to treat the mine-impacted waste water, acid mine drainage and the removal of toxic and radioactive elements such as uranium from the lake sediments to minimise the environmental impact of mining and mining legacies.
“These technologies are targeting the treatment of mine-impacted water, including acid mine drainage and the removal of toxic and radioactive elements such as uranium from the lake sediments," comments Mintek engineer at Bonginkosi Nkosi.
“This technology integration platform provides applicable processes for the remediation and potential restoration of heavy polluted natural sources such as lakes and rivers.
"By providing technologies for the prevention and treatment of pollution caused by mining activities, the sustainability of the mining industry is ensured, whilst also protecting the inhabitants of the impacted environments, as well as the national heritage sites and other natural resources in the proximity of mining activities," he concludes.