Efficient operation 4000m above sea level
WASTE CHALLENGE: The rise of mining in Peru in the last 15 years has helped it transform its economy and improve the lives of many of its people. At the same time, of course, this often means increased waste volume in an area that is 4000m above sea level, making landfills unfeasible and transportation of waste expensive.
When Canada’s leading gold mining company opened the Lagunas Norte project site in the Alto Chicama region of Peru, they knew they needed an on-site waste management system that could handle the waste from 1600 residents including domestic waste and special wastes like by-products from equipment servicing, oily rags, filters and various liquids.
OUR SOLUTION: Our ECO 2TN-25LPH model was selected by Barrick for its ability to process all the identified target waste streams, as well as its ability to meet strict environmental standards. It processes up to 2 tonnes of solid waste and 250l of liquids per day, making it a perfect size for the community and mine operations.
To simplify the waste tracking, operations and air emission monitoring requirements, it was concluded that a combination system that could process both solid and liquid waste would be ideal. The ECO model with an integrated liquid waste combustion system was selected. It can process all the target waste streams and is well suited to the mining environment.
RESULTS: The system processes a wide variety of solid waste streams that would otherwise leave a legacy long after the mine closes. Liquids such as glycol and used lubricating oils are eliminated. This reduces the clean fuel requirements for processing the solid waste – a significant cost savings in a remote location where fuel costs are much higher.