Mt Gordon, Australia
BioteQ designed and built a water treatment plant at the Mount Gordon mine in Queensland Australia, at a site owned by Birla Mt. Gordon, a subsidiary of Aditya Birla. The plant was designed to treat drainage from waste dumps and low grade stock-piles, applying the ChemSulphide® process to recover dissolved copper, cobalt, and nickel.
The plant, with a design capacity of 250 m3/hr, was commissioned in early 2008. In January 2009, a series of severe storms caused extensive flooding at the mine, and the site was shut down due to force majeure conditions. The plant remains inactive.
The Mt. Gordon plant was designed to provide the following economic and environmental benefits:
- Remove heavy metals from the environment, producing saleable metal products that can be recycled into useful products, offsetting the cost of water treatment.
- Produce clean water that can be evaporated to maintain the mine site’s water balance.
- Reduce the production of sludge that would otherwise require long-term storage and management.
- Reduce the environmental liability associated with metal-contaminated water.
- Reduce the overall cost of water treatment at the site.