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Pipelines and Pump Stations for Mining

Pipelines and Pump Stations for Mining

Cost-effective and environmentally sound slurry handling is a significant component of most mining projects. Pump and pipeline selection must be tailored to the range of flows, pressures, and material conditions anticipated over the project life.

We have extensive experience in the design, specification, construction supervision, testing, operation, and monitoring of mine slurry pipelines and pump stations, including tailings, concentrates and cycloned sands.

Our areas of expertise related to slurry pipelines and pump stations include: 

  • Tailings stream characterization including commissioning of rheology testing
  • Estimation of pipeline, head losses, allowable velocity range, and materials selection
  • Energy dissipation, requirements, and design
  • Tailings discharge management, deposition strategy, and surface water recovery management
  • Material and equipment selection
  • Technical specifications for supply, installation, and testing of pipeworks and valves
  • Pump station requirements and specifications
  • Spill containment
  • Electrical supply
  • Contingency management
  • System monitoring and operator training