QUEBEC – The wastewater treatment plant at the Raglan copper-nickel mine on the Ungava Peninsula has started to discharge treated water more than two months earlier than last year. Toronto-based mine owner, FALCONBRIDGE, anticipates a longer treatment season this year to handle higher expected water flows than last year.
The Raglan water treatment plant was built by BIOTEQ in 2003 and started last year. In 2004 the plant was started in late June and then began discharging treated water in mid-August. BioteQ’s personnel reported to the site early this year to advance the startup for the 2005 treatment season, which is expected to continue until the end of October. Discharge of treated water at Raglan started on May 20 this year.
The BioteQ plant is a unique nickel treatment process to selectively recover nickel from low grade wastewater, and that nickel is shipped with other concentrates from Raglan. It also produces a discharge-quality treated water that can be released directly into a pristine environment, such as the Canadian arctic, and does not produce any byproduct sludge for long-term storage.
Learn more about the process at www.BioteQ.ca.