Tailings dewatering

A new approach for tailings management in mining

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Water conservation, efficient tailings management and responsible mine reclamation are becoming increasingly important for mines to ensure their license to operate. Spearheaded by the launch of the new Metso VPX filter for tailings dewatering, Metso introduces its comprehensive tailings management concept to enable and support environmentally and economically sustainable mining.

Metso is driving this change by introducing a new concept for the dewatering, handling and reprocessing of tailings. Designed to maximize water recovery and reduce the footprint of tailings dams or eliminate them completely, Metso Tailings Management Solutions provide a long-term solution for mining companies looking for a viable approach to their tailings management and end-of-mine strategies.

There are a huge amount of tailings discharged and lying in legacy dams. Today, only about 5% of tailings are de-watered while roughly 70% of the mines are located in countries where water scarcity is considered as an issue. The way tailings are handled can have a long-term impact on the mines’ economic efficiency as well as on the well-being of the surrounding environment and communities.

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