BluMetric Environmental Inc., an Ottawa-based clean-tech company, has signed a US$1.03 million contract with a major global mining company to supply, install, commission and provide operator training for a mine water treatment system for a remote hematite mine site located in Northern Quebec.
BluMetric will provide the client with a multi-stage physical/chemical treatment system to sequentially remove antagonistic contaminants in a fully containerised, customised solution treating the mine water.
BluMetric developed and has successfully employed this process at several other mine sites where a high-quality effluent was required. This system was custom designed for this client to overcome the influent and effluent conditions at this remote and climatically challenging site. The containerised system is well adapted to the area’s northern climate, with a plug-and-play and user-friendly configuration.
The client’s work program involves mining, crushing, washing, screening, and drying run-of-mine ore in a state-of-the-art facility.
In addition to the water treatment unit, BluMetric will provide comprehensive commissioning support and training for the operating team for most of the first season.
“This project comes out of our strategy of developing custom-tailored mine-water treatment systems for use in environments that are often compounded by extreme conditions and complex water chemistry,” said Byron O’Connor, BluMetric’s Director of Engineering. “BluMetric is very well-positioned to help mining clients successfully and cost-effectively face such challenges relying on our specialised knowledge base in hydrology, hydrogeology, occupational health and safety, and compliance.”
“This new contract is an example of the successful culmination of a collaborative effort between the Professional Services and Systems Delivery groups,” added Roger Woeller, CEO of BluMetric. “Our professional experience in remote territories and our understanding of the associated environmental issues relating to mining served as a base, on which we built using our process knowledge and our willingness to act as a partner with our client. We have brought to bear every aspect of our company from field experience, research, engineering, finance, and customer service in this instance. This contract validates our sales approach to provide complete environmental solutions to our clients.”