With an average of just over 2 tailings dam failures annually, it is MATEC’s mission to rid the world of tailings dams.
MATEC provides turnkey solutions from design, manufacturing, installation and after-sales services of waste water purification and filtration plants. With more than 20 years of experience, we strive to minimize the environmental footprint of mining operations.
A recent installation of a tailings management plant in the coal sector of the North-eastern part of South Africa set forth a solution to eliminate the operation of its high-risk tailings dam and further investigate the possibility of reclaiming tailings as a product. With the option to discard onto a dry stackable stockpile or to blend it with the product, dry tailings have become an attractive solution not only from an environmental perspective but also a new commercial benefit.
An impressive installation of four MATEC Magnum Filter presses set motion to treating 2.2 Mt per annum of ultra-fine tailings coal, achieving the lowest residual moisture possible compared to competing technologies and reclaiming up to 95% of process water.

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TAILINGS DAM FAILURE IN THE LAST 60 YEARS

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A look at how tailings dam failures have increased over the past 60 years.

TAILINGS DAM FAILURES BY COMMODITY

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Shows how tailings dam failures are not subject to a single commodity.

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One of Brazil’s major Iron ore producers located just 30 km outside of Belo Horizonte, took it upon themselves with the help of MATEC to pave the way to a risk-free tailings solution. Setting a clear example of a safer future for tailings management.
The High-Pressure Technology (HPT21) supplied by MATEC made it possible to achieve dry stackable tailings with a record low residual moisture and a throughput of 1.3 Mt per annum of iron ore tailings.
The reduction of the environmental footprint of the operation together with eliminating the risk of a tailings dam failure are only a few of the added values of MATEC technology. With an average of 20 years life of mine, the OPEX savings is as high as 60% when considering the cost involved in operating, maintaining and upgrading the tailings storage facility.
As laws on tailings dam operation only become stricter and the demand for alternative solutions more prominent, MATEC leads the way in solid- liquid separation of tailings, concentrate and mining process water recovery in all commodities. It is for this reason that MATEC is the trusted number one supplier of dewatering technologies, such as Thickeners, Flocculant make-up plants, and filter presses.

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Obtaining the driest residual moisture possible

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Optimizing you productivity and maximizing your process water return

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