Future Element JV to test tailings dewatering tech

Future Element Operations, a 50/50 joint venture between Clean TeQ Water and mine tailings management company Future Element, has joined Unearthed’s Think and Act Differently (TAD) program.

TAD is powered by BHP and allows innovators to engage in short experiments designed to de-risk ideas and fast-track technological breakthroughs. Future Element is part of the Essentials Minerals Cohort and will receive funding, mentoring, access to subject experts, and samples needed to undertake testing.

Australian water treatment company Clean TeQ Water said it will work together with the JV as it participates in a three-month program of testwork to prepare conceptual flowsheets for tailings dewatering based on its ATA technology. By using smart chemistry, ATA provides a safe and low-cost mine tailings treatment process that rapidly separates water and solids to produce stackable tailings and recycled water. 

The flowsheets can be applied to BHP’s existing and future operations. Clean TeQ Water said successful completion of the program would lead to on-site piloting and eventual commercial-scale demonstrations.

Source: Clean TeQ Water

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