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JAN-FEB 2018

Best of Germany 2014 - Mining Equipment and Mining Technology

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Water is life. The world's water is increasingly being degraded in quality and a new approach to the manner in which we plan, manage and use water is needed. The issue of sustainable water management is thus becoming increas- ingly important to global mining operations, especially in areas where water conservation is critical, and the employment of dry stack tailings management systems is a tangible approach to sustainable water management. Dry stack facilities offer a number of ad- vantages to other surface tailings storage op- tions – some of these include: • Reduced water requirements, principally achieved by recycling process water and near elimination of water losses through seepage and/or evaporation • Groundwater contamination through seepage is virtually eliminated • Significant safety improvement with the risk of catastrophic failure and tailings runout being eliminated. Dry stack facilities are also suitable to areas of high seismic activity and areas where there is limited construction material to develop a conventional retention impoundment • Smaller tailings footprint and can be used in "aggressive environments" (e.g. undulating and steep terrain) • Significantly better regulator and public perceptions • Easier to close and rehabilitate. Our competence in dry stack tailings management systems TAKRAF with their roots dating back to 1725, together with the integrated DELKOR brand of products, boasts significant competence in dry stack tailings systems: • Decades of experience in engineering and building of conveyor and stacker systems • Strong expertise in high yield stress underflow with DELKOR high compaction thickener products • Developed global network for local technical support and site services • Experienced tailings deposition planning team. Dry stack tailings equipment: • DELKOR thickeners • DELKOR F.A.S.T. TM filter presses which boast the following technical highlights: o Up to 21 m 3 per batch o Cushioned screw technology for higher feed pressures, greater filter plate utiliza- tion and longevity • Overland and shiftable conveyors • Mobile trippers • Mobile conveyor stacking bridges which boast the following technical highlights: o Length span of 500 m o Transport up to 12,000 tph o Discharge boom outreach of up to 20 m • Single or double-boom spreader. Sedimentation thickeners DELKOR takes its knowledge and experience of over 30 years providing thickeners for the mining industry and applies it to the extreme mechanical and process requirements needed when dealing with high yield stress underflows. The DELKOR sedimentation method using high compaction thickeners produces one of the highest concentrations of solids in the industry. The DELKOR thickening process increases wa- ter recovery reducing the requirement for fresh water and overall environmental impact. Filtration The DELKOR proprietary Fluid Actuated Screw Technology (F.A.S.T. TM ) filter press is designed to replace a traditional high pressure system with a fully automatic filter press without a hy- draulic system. The system is designed for flexible operation and easy maintenance by employing a cushioned screw. Approximately 85% of the moisture can be removed during the filtration process enabling concurrent water re- covery and a reduced requirement for fresh wa- ter. After the filtration process, the tailings can then be transported by conveyor. Mobile conveyor stacking bridge systems and spreaders TAKRAF's mobile conveyor stacking bridge systems provide an efficient, reliable and easy to operate bulk material handling solution for transporting and storing filtered tailings. This method maximizes throughput to maintain plant uptime. By stacking compacted tailings, land requirements are reduced and the risk of cat- astrophic dam failures is eliminated. Conven- tional tailings storage methods incur costs post- mine closeout due to maintenance; however, dry stack tailings can be rehabilitated and blend with the natural environment. TAKRAF's depth and breadth of dry stack tailings equipment includes: overland convey- ors, mobile overland trippers, mobile stacking conveyors, and mobile trippers/spreaders. TAKRAF dry stack tailings management systems VDMA SUPPLEMENT PROFILE P A I D A D V E R T I S E M E N T

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