Mining Tailings Dredging

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.

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IMS Versi-Dredges Mining Tailings Around The World

An IMS 7012 HP Versi-Dredge cleans out a gold tailings pond in South Africa.

An IMS 5012 LP Versi-Dredge cleans out a lignite coal sump in East India.

A contractor cleans out a copper tailings mine with an IMS 7012 HP Versi-Dredge in the US.

An IMS 7012 HP Versi-Dredge cleans out a larger tailings pond in Malaysia.

A contractor cleans out a mine slimes pond in Canada using the secondary cable drive system on their IMS 7012 HP Versi-Dredge which is a standard feature.

Two IMS 5012 LP Versi-Dredge units clean out a mine tailings pond in Canada.

A 5012 LP Versi-Dredge with Starwheel Drive self-propulsion makes precision cuts in a mine tailings pond. The Starwheel Drive self-propulsion system allows the dredge to operate in larger tailings ponds where travel cables are not practical.

A 7012 HP Versi-Dredge cleans out a mine tailings pond in Canada.

Versi-Dredge Capabilities

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.