Rock­wa­ter’s hy­dro­ge­ol­o­gists lead in min­ing

The Australian Mining Review - - WESTERN AREAS -

WA’s largest hy­dro­ge­ol­ogy con­sul­tancy team, Rock­wa­ter is well placed to pro­vide hy­dro­ge­o­log­i­cal services to the min­ing in­dus­try.

Rock­wa­ter spe­cialises in wa­ter sup­plies, mine de­wa­ter­ing, geo­ther­mal projects, aquifer recharge, ground­wa­ter-re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments.

Es­tab­lished in 1974, Rock­wa­ter has suc­cess­fully op­er­ated across Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Rock­wa­ter played a key role in Western Ar­eas’ For­resta­nia project, span­ning 15 years from early stage project ap­provals to mine de­wa­ter­ing and other ground­wa­ter-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rock­wa­ter’s con­tri­bu­tion to the For­resta­nia project has in­cluded de­wa­ter­ing Spot­ted Quoll mine, test­ing and im­ple­ment­ing waste­water in­jec­tion, and ground­wa­ter evap­o­ra­tion pond mon­i­tor­ing and re­cov­ery.

Other re­cent projects in­clude ground­wa­ter test works and eval­u­a­tion for Sh­effield Re­sources’ Thun­der­bird project on the Dampier Penin­sula; prov­ing up a de­wa­ter­ing scheme for Con­sol­i­dated Min­er­als’ Woodie Woodie mine; and de­vel­op­ment of a ground­wa­ter sup­ply for Cop­per Moun­tain’s Clon­curry Cop­per project.

Rock­wa­ter is now work­ing with Sil­ver City Drilling and Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion to pro­vide com­plete hy­dro­ge­ol­ogy services for a ma­jor Perth Basin deep bore-con­struc­tion pro­gram.

It has con­tin­ued to meet the re­port­ing re­quire­ments to the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion for Al­coa’s WA op­er­a­tions since 2006.

Rock­wa­ter’s spe­cialised team is renowned for de­sign­ing and de­liv­er­ing geo­ther­mal projects, with 14 deep geo­ther­mal heat­ing sys­tems and 10 shal­lower heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tems in the Perth Basin, and now pro­vides ex­per­tise in this field through­out Aus­tralia with ac­tive projects in QLD, Vic­to­ria, NSW and Tas­ma­nia.

This year, Rock­wa­ter’s hy­dro­ge­ol­o­gists trav­elled to QLD to over­see the de­vel­op­ment of a ground­wa­ter sup­ply for the Cop­per Moun­tain Clon­curry project.

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

Rock­wa­ter as­sisted Western Ar­eas to ef­fec­tively de­wa­ter de­posits to as­sist the un­der­ground min­ing. Im­age:Rock­wa­ter.

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