Weir Minerals, a division of The Weir Group PLC, has completed its latest investment in technology through the acquisition of the business and certain assets of a pipe loop facility from Golder Associates. This facility in Port Melbourne, Victoria, is now known as Weir Technical Centre (WTC) and enhances Weir Minerals’ considerable global tailings solutions capability.
At the WTC, Weir Minerals will focus on continuous development of solutions to utilise and manufacture tailings based products, as well as the design of pipeline transport systems. The team will be based in Melbourne and will form part of the specialist tailings treatment unit of Weir Minerals Netherlands.
Weir Minerals’ extensive global experience in tailings will be expanded by the WTC, which brings with it the capability to test pipeline and tailings solutions for customers before they are installed on site.
Tailings are the residue left over from metallurgical mining processes. More and more, Weir’s customers are looking for tailings improvement solutions. This includes the safe transport, storage and disposal of tailings, as well as recycling tailings as a resource to be converted into construction materials and mine backfill.
Weir Minerals APAC regional managing director Terese Withington said, “Our customers have asked us to help them find solutions for the safe transport, storage and disposal or use of their tailings as a resource, and we have listened. As an extension of our ongoing tailings solutions activities led by our experts in Venlo in the Netherlands, we aim to help our customers reduce their environmental impact including a reduction in the use of water, and recycling or using their tailings by converting them into construction materials.”
Not just suited for the minerals processing sector, the tailings and pipeline systems (TAPS) research and development can specify systems for handling surface tailings, concentrates, ore and water, as well as the production and transport of concrete for the construction industry.
“To help our customers minimise their environmental impact, our TAPS research and development can also help specify for the manufacture and transport of backfill products from tailings, and the recovery of water from tailings slurries,” said Terese Withington.
WTC general manager operations and development Nils Steward said, “I’m very pleased to be working for Weir Minerals to enhance their tailings capability. Weir already has some of the best experts in the field based in Venlo, and I’m happy to be a part of this global group.
“The team in Port Melbourne will continue to provide the services our existing customers know and expect and all on-going and future projects will be seen through to completion. We are very excited by the opportunity for continuous improvement in providing innovative solutions for our customers with Weir Minerals.”