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FLSmidth to deliver tailings solution to Rajasthan mine

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FLSmidth will deliver an integrated dry stack tailings solution and a paste fill plant to a Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) lead-zinc mine in Rajpura Dariba, Rajasthan, India. The solution will ensure environmental sustainability and significant process water recovery, as well as reduce the footprint of the tailings storage facility.

The new order, which was booked in 4Q20, includes design, engineering, procurement, supply of equipment and the commissioning for integrated dry tailings and stacking along with tailings paste fill plant. FLSmidth will also supply two automatic filter presses (AFP-IVTM), two E-Disc filters and one 26 m dia. high-density thickener as the main pieces of equipment. The project is expected to be completed by February 2022. This new order follows a previous tailings-related order for HZL at their Zawar mine site in 2018.

HZL operates beneficiation plants at Rajpura Dariba and Sindesar Khurd, which both discharge tailings (mine waste) to the same tailings pond. The tailings dam was reaching capacity for conventional wet tailings deposition and so HZL needed a way to resolve this issue. The solution they required would involve creating a small dry-stack tailings area with minimised environmental and physical footprint and also a method to backfill the mine by using an adjusted dry filter cake mix.

By choosing FLSmidth’s hybrid technology – a combination of the E-Disc filter and the AFP-IV Automatic Pressure Filter – HZL will now be able to achieve this and recover around 85% of process water, which can be reused by the process plant located at the mine site with minimum operating and capital expenses. The cake from the E-disc filter will contain below 16% moisture and can be used for mine back filling, while the cake from the automatic filter press, with below 12% moisture, can be stacked on the surface in a safe and compact manner.

The solution will also significantly reduce industrial water consumption, something that is of heightened importance in water-scarce areas, such as Rajasthan. The site will also have zero effluent discharge, further boosting its sustainable mining goals.

“We are delighted to book this order from HZL. It is another strong proof point for the quality and flexibility of our technology for filtration and our engineering solutions for tailing management. This project resolves the customer’s challenge through optimum utilisation of available space and ensures the paste backfill requirements are met with the lowest possible operating and capital costs. Importantly, it also secures a high level of reusable water for the mine site, which helps their sustainability efforts and supports our own MissionZero ambition,” commented Manfred Schaffer, Mining President, FLSmidth.

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