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WATER TREATMENT: BQE Water to supply first SART plant in China



CHINA – BQE Water was awarded a contract to proceed with the implementation of a SART p

Chinese gold mine to get SART technology from BQE Water.

lant at a gold metallurgical facility owned and operated by Shandong Zhongkuang Group located in eastern China. The contract was awarded following the positive outcome of the engineering feasibility study and on-site testing completed by BQE Water earlier in the year.

The contract consists of two project phases. In the first phase, BQE Water will provide all aspects of the plant design, engineering support during procurement and construction, and plant commissioning. This initial phase is to be completed within the next 12 months. In the second phase, BQE Water will provide ongoing operations support services for a period of five years and will be paid a quarterly service fee based on plant performance.

“We are very excited about this project,” said David Kratochvil, the president & CEO of BQE Water. “I would also like to acknowledge the positive role that funding and advisory services from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) has played in allowing us to accelerate research in clean Canadian technologies such as SART in China.”

Adds Songlin Ye, VP for Asia at BQE Water, “SART implementation is the first step in the bigger picture of modernizing cyanide management and waste treatment at the Zhongkuang metallurgical processing facility. The success of SART may open new opportunities to help us develop a long-term relationship with Zhongkuang.”

Gold output for Shandong Province reached 3.8 million oz. in 2018, accounting for 30% of China’s total gold production. The province is home to the country’s top gold producers who are expanding their influence globally. In the region alone where BQE Water’s new Guoda water treatment plant recently began operation, there are over a dozen metallurgical plants that focus on gold extraction and refining.

BQE Water is a global leader in the SART process which enables cyanide consumed by base metals to be recovered and recycled. Visit www.BQEwater.com or more information.