Waste recovery for mining wastes - Mining
Due to the low natural abundance of the valuable material often contained within mine tailings, processing of this waste is often two-fold: the treatment of any hazardous elements and, the further refining of the mining spoils for the extraction of the valuable material. The challenge is finding a technology solution capable of managing both processes.
How Tetronics can help unlock value from this process
Tetronics offers metal recovery plants to meet a growing number of resource recovery challenges including recovering valuable materials from a range of difficult‐to‐process mining tailings. With Tetronics’ plasma‐enhanced treatment technology, the chemical process that takes place in their plasma furnace during the smelting process is designed to preferentially separate the valuable metal and minerals from the waste material while destroying any hazardous elements. The remaining non-valuable material is vitrified into an inert, safe disposable non‐hazardous material in a single processing step. The robust level of construction and minimal number of moving components delivers outstanding plant longevity. The recovery process also has exceptional environmental and commercial credentials and can be considered as a future‐proof solution for mining waste management problems.
Examples of the many such materials treated by Tetronics over the last 30 years include wastes arising from the mining of chromite ore, basalt, platinum‐group element bearing ores, Ilmenite and quartz.