Webinar on Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Mine Wastewater Treatment

Webinar on Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Mine Wastewater Treatment

PMAP president and principal engineer, Mohsen Barkh, is offering a webinar about the application of AI in mine wastewater treatment at British Columbia’s Engineers and Geoscientists Association on March 21st, 2024. This course delves into the realm of mine wastewater treatment and explores the array of existing technologies designed to tackle the challenges posed by the industry. A concise examination of the advantages and limitations inherent in each technology will provide participants with a comprehensive industry overview. Moreover, significant emphasis will be placed on the chemical precipitation technology, which stands as the pioneer and the most prevalent approach to mine wastewater treatment. The subsequent segment of the course will introduce a pioneering application of Artificial Intelligence for the in-situ treatment of Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) and acidic mine water. This cutting-edge approach utilizes a nonhazardous and environmentally friendly reagent, representing a remarkable leap forward in sustainable mine water treatment practices. The course will also unveil select analytical findings, offering attendees a glimpse into the tangible outcomes of this novel approach.

Further information about the webinar and the registration process can be found here.

Event update: Registration is closed for the March 21st webinar. A second webinar will be held on May 23rd. Details for registration is posted on the association website: https://www.egbc.ca/Events/Events/2024/24MAYAIM

PMAP Technology Information Session at Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)

PMAP Technology Information Session at Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)

The oil and gas industry in Calgary was introduced to the potential applications of PMAP’s groundbreaking in-situ wastewater treatment and Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (USDV) in a Technology Information Session (TIS) event convened by Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) in Calgary (and On-line) on February 13th. The recording of the presentation delivered by Mohsen Barkh can be watched below.

Mohsen delved into the intricacies of PMAP, highlighting its utilization of cutting-edge technology to revolutionize traditional wastewater treatment methods. Central to PMAP’s innovation is the implementation of an Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (USDV), paired with eco-friendly reagents, for in-situ wastewater treatment. By employing the USDV and advanced reagents, PMAP offers a sustainable and cost-effective solution to oil sand tailings treatment. Notably, its in-situ treatment approach eliminates the need for utility power, significantly reducing operational costs and environmental impact within the oil sand industry. Through continuous monitoring of water in tailings and iterative reagent injections, PMAP ensures precise and efficient treatment, maximizing effectiveness while minimizing costs.

This adaptive learning process underscores PMAP’s commitment to efficiency and sustainability. Furthermore, Mohsen emphasized that PMAP’s innovative approach eliminates the necessity for large-scale treatment facilities, resulting in reduced capital expenditures (CAPEX) for industry stakeholders. Additionally, the utilization of the USDV leads to a remarkable 30% reduction in operating costs, further enhancing its economic viability. In terms of efficacy, PMAP demonstrates impressive results in metal removal, including silica, nickel, copper, and cobalt, while simultaneously reducing arsenic, aluminum, and iron to undetectable levels. The superior performance of PMAP’s reagents not only prevents pH overshoot but also minimizes sludge volume, thereby bolstering Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) scores for oil and gas companies.

In conclusion, the seminar provided invaluable insights into the transformative potential of PMAP in revolutionizing oil and gas industry wastewater treatment practices. With its innovative technology and sustainable approach, PMAP requested the possibility of collaborations with the leading producers in the industry for further adapting PMAP technology towards the contingencies and specific characteristics of wastewaters in the oil and gas industry. PMAP offers a promising solution to the challenges of oil sand tailings treatment, paving the way for a more environmentally friendly and economically viable future in the sector.

The pdf of the presentation can be found further below.

New Possibilities for Wastewater Treatment with Innovative Reagents

New Possibilities for Wastewater Treatment with Innovative Reagents

In recent years, wastewater treatment has emerged as a pressing concern for mining companies worldwide. However, a prevailing trend has seen many of these companies adopting an avoidance strategy due to the limited availability of suitable reagents. Among these reagents, lime and its compounds have taken center stage, serving as primary neutralization agents for addressing Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) and acidic water in mining operations.

While lime and sodium hydroxide have proven effective in generating high-pH solutions for acid neutralization, their hazardous nature poses significant challenges. This reliance on potent alkaline substances has resulted in unintended consequences, including a culture of denial, evasion, and avoidance within the mining sector when confronted with the imperative of ARD wastewater treatment.

Consequently, the prevalence of these avoidance tactics has contributed to the establishment of vast water storages, leaving them susceptible to flooding and breach. This, in turn, has led to diminished Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) scores for water stewardship within the industry.

In the following brief paper, we delve deeper into the ramifications of this avoidance strategy and explore potential solutions to address the challenges facing wastewater treatment in the mining sector. Through innovative approaches and a commitment to sustainability, we aim to chart a path towards more responsible water management practices within the mining industry.

PMAP’s Revolutionary Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (USDV) Hits the Road, Delivery Imminent.

PMAP’s Revolutionary Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (USDV) Hits the Road, Delivery Imminent.

In a leap towards advancing water treatment in mining, the PMAP Mine Water Unmanned Smart Dispensing Vessel (#USDV), successfully designed and constructed in the latter half of 2023, is set to reach its destination at PMAP’s warehouse in Vancouver in the next couple of days. This state-of-the-art vessel is poised to redefine the way we monitor quality and treat water in tailings ponds.

The PMAP USDV showcases a myriad of features aimed at optimizing water quality through smart surveying and precise chemical dispersion. Key capabilities include:

  • Smart surveying: employing advanced algorithms, the vessel estimates optimal survey lines on the pond by scrutinizing pond geometry and available information.
  • Data collection (bathymetry): executing data collection trips on the pond, the vessel gathers comprehensive bathymetric data, enhancing the assessment of water quality.
  • Optimized reagent dispensing: the PMAP USDV calculates the necessary PMAP reagent amount at each node and determines the optimum injection procedure.
  • Closed-loop feedback system: the vessel conducts continuous data collection before and after each injection step, leveraging a closed-loop feedback system.

The imminent delivery of the PMAP USDV signifies a significant stride towards an environmentally friendly and precise effluent treatment in the mining industry. The unmanned capabilities and intelligent systems reduce the dependence on human intervention, making it a safer, cost effective, and efficient solution for water management in the mining sector.

Stay tuned for updates on future tests, demonstrations, and on-the-ground deployment of the USDV in the weeks and months ahead.

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