August 5, 2017
Mineral processing company Sedgman has secured a $6 million contract with Stanwell Corporation to build a tailings “dewatering facility” at Meandu Mine.
The facility will be located at the coal handling and preparation plant.
Sedgman has a long involvement with Meandu; the company was involved in the design and commissioning of the original coal processing plant in 1986.
The new facility has become necessary because the existing tailings dam is approaching full capacity.
It will use centrifuges to reduce the moisture content in the tailings which will allow Stanwell to dispose of the fine residue alongside coarse matter rejected from the plant.
“New methods for handling and storing tailings are evolving worldwide, and Sedgman works actively with technology providers to improve the economics of these solutions,” Sedgman managing director Michael Carretta said.
The works are expected to be completed by November.