Wa­ter in Min­ing

The Australian Mining Review - - CONTENTS -

TRU-FLO Pump­ing Sys­tems is a world-leader in de­wa­ter­ing pump and pon­toon pack­ages, pro­vid­ing cut­ting-edge mine de­wa­ter­ing and wa­ter trans­fer prod­ucts for open cut and un­der­ground mines.

Head­quar­tered in Bathurst, NSW, the com­pany has branches oper­at­ing near key min­ing hubs in QLD, WA, and In­done­sia.

From these bases, Tru-Flo can ser­vice clients through­out Aus­tralia and abroad; even in re­mote in­ter­na­tional min­ing lo­ca­tions such as Pa­pua New Guinea and the Pa­cific Is­lands.

“Tru-Flo is the bench­mark for mine de­wa­ter­ing, you won’t find a pump more re­li­able or ef­fi­cient,” Tru-Flo di­rec­tor An­drew All­but said.

“We have an ex­pan­sive range of min­ing and in­dus­trial pumps sup­ply­ing so­lu­tions to global min­ing, oil and gas, civil and food mar­kets.

“What’s more, our ex­ten­sive team of engi­neers and hy­drol­o­gists take projects from ini­tial con­cept all the way through to com­mis­sion­ing and client hand over.”

Mr All­but said the com­pany’s pon­toon mounted pumps are a “must-have” in ar­eas that re­ceive heavy rainfall.

“Skid mounted pumps are of­ten drowned in these sit­u­a­tions due to lim­ited ac­cess to oper­at­ing pits once rain starts,” he said.

“If you do drown your pump we have that cov­ered also. We have re­build fa­cil­i­ties that can bring pumps back to ‘as new’ con­di­tion.”

When build­ing a pon­toon pump, Tru-Flo’s skilled in-house en­gi­neer­ing team con­sid­ers each lo­ca­tion’s par­tic­u­lar spec­i­fi­ca­tions dur­ing the plan­ning and de­sign process, re­sult­ing in the de­liv­ery of a tai­lored pump that pre­cisely meets our client’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Tru-Flo pon­toons can be con­fig­ured to suit a range of ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing tail­ings de­cant, de­wa­ter­ing, leachate and CHPP sup­ply wa­ter pumps; as well as to un­der­ground or fire wa­ter sup­ply and wa­ter evap­o­ra­tion projects.

“All our pon­toons are man­u­fac­tured to with­stand harsh Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional open cut min­ing en­vi­ron­ments and are qual­ity as­sured and pres­sure tested prior to paint­ing,” Mr All­but said.

Pon­toons come in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions depend­ing on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

They can ei­ther be of steel con­struc­tion or roto mould high-den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene cells, with the op­tion of foam fill­ing for in­de­struc­tible buoy­ancy.

Each pon­toon is man­u­fac­tured in ei­ther two or three mod­ule sec­tions en­abling easy trans­port in con­densed ship­ping and sea freight con­tain­ers.

Ac­cess to pon­toons is avail­able through var­i­ous sys­tems in­clud­ing float­ing and span­ning walk ways.

“The diesel range can be fully cus­tomised to suit in­di­vid­ual mine ap­pli­ca­tions, with en­gi­neer­ing ap­provals avail­able for com­pli­ance, dis­place­ments and weight car­ry­ing ca­pac­i­ties; and are custom de­signed for safety, qual­ity and ease of use,” Mr All­but said.

The range is ca­pa­ble of pump­ing against high head sit­u­a­tions, large quan­ti­ties of solids, and slur­ries; of­ten en­coun­tered in mine de­wa­ter­ing.

“Our broad range of diesel and elec­tric op­tions span from 30l/s to 1200l/s, and can achieve heads of up to 200m in a sin­gle lift,” he said.

Skid mounted pumps can be dragged across tough min­ing ter­rain, as they have a rugged de­sign that is fit­ted with su­per heavy duty push bars en­abling them to be towed or pushed by earth­mov­ing equip­ment.

Tru-Flo pumps and pon­toons are sand­blasted, primed, and painted with high build, two pack epoxy paint in ac­cor­dance with Tru-Flo’s ‘mine spec’ coat­ing and bake pro­ce­dure to pro­tect against abra­sive mine wa­ter.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at: www.tru­flop­umps.com.au.

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