WorldWide Drilling Resource

22 MAY 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Technical Center Opens for Sustainable Tailings Management in Brazil Adapted from Information by Clariant In support of the mining industry’s efforts toward sustainability, Clariant announced a new technical facility in Brazil exclusively dedicated to developing solutions for tailings management. The Competence Center for Tailings Treatment (CCTT) recently opened in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mining is a key enabler for sustainability megatrends, delivering minerals required by future-focused technology for energy and transport including wind turbines, electric vehicles, “green” buildings, smart phones and other electronics, and recycling. While empowering crucial technological developments, mining operations also address their most significant challenges as they advance in their own drive toward sustainability. As part of this process, increased emphasis is placed on tailings management as the industry searches for alternatives to existing dams, and aims to explore this as-yet untapped source of valuable minerals. Clariant’s new CCTT will develop mining chemicals and technologies to support the industry’s efforts from the heart of Brazil’s mining hub. The new lab is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and is home to a dedicated team of research and development experts. “Clariant is at the forefront of offering sustainable solutions for mining, and the CCTT will provide robust technical capabilities to demonstrate how our innovations can improve tailings management and waste reduction,” said Wagner Silva, global head of technology for Clariant Mining Solutions. The new CCTT is a core pillar of Clariant’s Tailings Management Program, which comprises four complementary technology platforms including: a Flotation a Magnetic separation a Dewatering a Rheology modification For example, flotation chemicals for slimes help mines recover valuable minerals currently going to waste. Flotation chemicals for secondary mining enables operators to reprocess old tailings. In addition, filter aids help operators dewater tailings better, leading to drier stacks and faster rates of processing. George Nunes, global head of Clariant Mining Solutions said, “Our new Competence Center is an important milestone in our strategy to support the global mining industry’s focus on sustainability. With this additional resource, we will continue working closely with our customers to develop relevant, practical solutions which address their most significant sustainability challenges.” MIN