Mine tailings are the natural byproduct of raw materials mining. As rocks and minerals are crushed and washed, the effluent water carries the dust particles to settling ponds where the material is collected and eventually removed. It is then hauled away for a secondary process or stored for long periods of time. In many cases, these byproducts commonly referred to as “fines” or “tailings” have high value (ex. gold tailings or coal fines) and can be mined again with a hydraulic mine tailings dredging system and pumped to a dewatering or separation plant for reprocessing.
IMS Versi-Dredge for Mine Tailings Dredging
The Versi-Dredge can be used for clearing tailings ponds and direct feeding dewatering plants with the SolidsMaster cutterhead, which can produce a continuous solids feed of 20-25% – depending on the material. In addition, the WeedMaster cutterhead can be used in mine tailings dredging to remove cattails and other vegetation, which commonly build up on the edges of these ponds.
If you would like to speak with someone about Versi-Dredge equipment and your mine tailings removal & dredging needs, call (866) 483-0014 or fill out our Project Information form.