As a required resource across the mining business water is also a significant cost to an operation. The true cost of water usage in mining operations is not well understood
This project will define metrics and produce Global Water Curves tools that can be used to benchmark and evaluate water usage in mineral process equipment particularly those related to grinding. It will complement the comminution energy curves used to benchmark and evaluate comminution process energy usage.
It is anticipated that the definition, development and population of these Global Water Curves will provide a useful set of tools for the mine operator and mineral processor and eventually equipment designer to reduce water use, increase water recycling and reduce water losses in mineral processing.
- Provide a water usage benchmark for mineral processors and operators in general
- Indicate more easily best practices in water use in mineral processing
- Indicate best practice in water addition to the comminution circuit
- Indicate if a change in process operation impacts positively or not these water metrics.
As a collaborative project between Coalition for Energy-Efficient Comminution (CEEC), Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and CanmetMINING, this project will serve to stimulate additional international collaboration.