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Trialling of dry sorter coal-beneficiation solution targeted for 2019

February 2019 News

Mounting stress on South Africa’s water resources, combined with growing concerns about the environmental impact of mining operations, make Aury Africa’s dry sorting technology ideal for environmentally-conscious mining houses. The company aims to bring its first dry separator to South Africa for trial at a coal mine in 2019, reveals business development manager, George Sturgeon.

Sydney Parkhouse.
Sydney Parkhouse.

The Telligent Dry Separator (TDS) technology was developed in 2015 and launched locally at the South African Coal Processing Society’s biennial conference in 2017. At that time, three operating mines in China were using the equipment. The technology processes raw coal, with an upper throughput of around 400 tph. Aury Africa managing director Sydney Parkhouse explains that coal is conveyed on an enclosed system that incorporates dual X-ray technology and is simple to operate. It can therefore be retrofitted to existing coal-processing plants in various configurations.

The TDS does not use any water during operation, which makes it a fundamentally invaluable technology for ‘greening’ the coal-mining industry. “There is increasing focus from mines to be environment-friendly, with significant pressure on the coal industry to go ‘green’. This technology is a push in that direction,” adds Parkhouse.

Currently, 46 TDS systems are either operational, in commissioning, or contracts being signed. Aury Africa is considering different applications for the technology in the complete mineral beneficiation chain. For example, a four tonne sample from a manganese mine in the Northern Cape was sent to Tianjin in China in July for separation trials using the TDS.

“Aury Africa invites mining partners across the commodity spectrum to see how the TDS can improve yield and quality at their mines and ultimately reduce operating and maintenance costs,” concludes Parkhouse. “The company is open to procure units for clients in South Africa to trial at their mines, and to show them the benefits of the TDS system.”

For more information contact Sydney Parkhouse, Aury Africa, +27 11 026 6642, syd@auryafrica.co.za, www.auryafrica.co.za




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