Water Management and Treatment – Risks and Best Practices
Location: The Westin Ottawa
Organizer/where: Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) conference Ottawa. NB: conference is January 22-24 2019, the course is pre-conference on January 21st.
We will deliver this course in cooperation with David Kratochvil (BQE ) and Charles Dumaresque (Mining Association of Canada, MAC).
- Examine links between water management and overall performance of mineral processing projects using examples from existing and historic operations.
- Review water related risks and identify those that are commonly overlooked by mineral processors.
- Explain the concept of risk adjusted life cycle cost analysis as the emerging best practice for holistic assessments of water issues and finally
- Review current best practices available for tailings management and water treatment
Water Management and Treatment – Risks and Best Practices Description:
Water has become a strategic issue for the industry as it can be both a threat and an opportunity. Thus decisions about water have grown increasingly complex. As a result new tools are being applied to enable holistic assessments of water management in mineral processing. These aim at improving performance of projects while reducing multi-hazard risks since pre-feasibility stage .
The course will draw on examples of existing and/or historic operations to explain the benefit of adopting modern best practices in water treatment, tailings management, and finally risk assessments. In brief, the participants will learn the following:
- Why Net Present Value (NPV) analysis is inadequate as the sole criteria for decision making about water
- How to identify common pitfalls of risk assessments and how to avoid them
- What new water treatment techniques are available to improve water quality for re-use or discharge
- Define best practices related to tailings water management and finally
- How to arrive at risk adjusted life cycle costs of water.
Block 1: Introduction: Change in industry’s thinking about water
- Why? Mind your motive in addition to exploring the
- Connection between tailings and water management
Block 2: Effects of water on project performance:
- examples of historic and current projects in addition to analysis of impacts throughout project life cycle
Block 3: Review of Water Management and Treatment Risks:
Block 4: Best Practices – Risk Adjusted Life Cycle Cost Analysis
- Tailings management guide – link to water
- Water treatment systems for modern industry
- ORE (Optimum Risk Estimate) methodology and finally
- Example of ORE application
Block 5: Closing remarks: