UNGAVA PENINSULA, Quebec The wastewater treatment plant is ready for startup next spring at the Raglan copper mine belonging to FALCONBRIDGE. Cost of the installation is reported to be $1.45 million. The new plant has been winterized until it is needed during next spring's run-off season.
The treatment plant uses the patented BioSulphide process developed by BiotecQ of Vancouver, B.C. The process removes sulphides from acidic water and produces a saleable metal product at the same time. Water from the process plants meets discharge water quality criteria. The benefits are increased nickel recovery and reduced water treatment costs.
The plant at the Raglan mine is the second such commercial installation. The first BioteQ plant in North American was the former Caribou zinc mine in New Brunswick. The third, at a copper mine in Arizona, will be ready early next year. Details of these and the BioSulphide process are available at www.bioteq.ca.