The Asia Miner

JAN-FEB 2017

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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90 | ASIA Miner | Volume 14 • Issue 1 | 2017 AS mining gets deeper to provide access to ever diminishing sup- plies of minerals, dewatering is more in demand and the need to provide individual solutions to meet the unique operating character- istics of mines is greater. Weir global product manager for Dewatering Harvinder Bhabra says it is almost impossible to mine effectively in water and mud, making dewatering a vital factor at most mines. Weir Minerals offers total dewatering solutions for entire operations and has an extensive range of mine and process dewatering prod- ucts, including a large range of dewatering pumps, hydrocyclones, dewatering screens, valves, specialty hose, tailored pontoons and barges. Harvinder Bhabra says that owing to the experience and expertise of staff, Weir Minerals is able to customise these solutions to suit the individual requirements of mine sites, wherever they are throughout the Asia Pacific region and around the world. "It's not just about product at Weir; we have core competencies in engineering enabling us to provide a total service, which also extends to service and maintenance." Short term demand for natural resources is subject to change depending on global economic circumstances, but fundamental- ly, as populations increase and urbanise, they will require greater quantities of mined commodities such as copper, gold and iron ore to meet demand from construction, industry and consumer goods. Harvinder Bhabra says dewatering is one of the vital processes that ensure resources can be mined efficiently and effectively. "The abrasive process of turning rock into a valuable commodity means our equipment is exposed to significant wear and tear, and therefore robust equipment is needed for reliable operation. This process is supported by another trend - global ore grades are in decline which means more processing is needed to produce the same amount of raw commodity over time. "Our expertise facilitates the processing of natural resources at mine sites around the world. It helps release oil and gas from some of the most challenging operating environments, and our critical components and services are instrumental in providing safe and effective operations across many industries across the world. "As well as mining and minerals processing, our products and services are sought-after in many other industries, including sand and aggregates, construction, water and waste-water, chemicals and fertilisers, agriculture, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper and steel and marine engineering." Total dewatering solutions Weir Minerals' director of Dewatering and Fluid Transfer, Asia Pa- cific, Fred Purches, says Weir's dewatering experts provide total solutions, drawing on their extensive engineering and application expertise. "Our dewatering engineers work with mine operators to understand the specific dewatering requirements of any mine site, be it in-pit or underground. "It is not a one size fits all approach and we are not tied to any one solution. We understand that meeting the water in-flow re- quirements of a site is critical. We also know the importance of understanding the mine plan, the range of operating depths, as well as working with existing piping systems to ensure that dewatering equipment meets your specific site needs. "While drawing water from open pit and underground mines is a crucial aspect of our role in the dewatering division, and the task that most people think about when the subject of dewatering comes up, we also tackle other issues relating to fluid movement and transfer, including moisture in tailings storage facilities which has potential to destabilise the facility." Asia Pacific an important region Weir Minerals Dewatering business manager Peter Smit says the Asia Pacific region is very important to Weir as it represents a growth area for all parts of the business, including dewatering and fluid movement. "Each market in the region brings different challenges but we have experienced staff throughout which enable us to cus- tomise our solutions. "There are about 162 staff members in the Asia Pacific dewatering division with representatives in all markets. We have a significant footprint in Indonesia but also have a presence in other APAC coun- tries. Our teams understand that each site and region is unique and we therefore use local staff and local expertise to build our markets, taking into account the unique requirements present in different countries and markets. Dewatering a vital part of mining Weir Minerals has an extensive range of mine and process dewatering products. Weir Minerals customises its solutions to suit individual requirements of sites wherever they are around the world.

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