Clean Teq to provide pioneering continuous ion exchange waste water treatment solution

Sam Riggall, Managing Director, reports that Clean TeQ, via its wholly owned subsidiary Clean TeQ Water, has been awarded a significant contract by Multotec Process Equipment to design, procure and commission a Clean TeQ proprietary Continuous Ionic Filtration (CIF®) wastewater treatment solution at a minerals processing plant currently being constructed in Oman.

Clean TeQ has also executed an exclusive Technology Distribution Agreement with Multotec for the African continent. Multotec is a leading provider of high-quality mineral processing equipment and solutions to the mining, mineral processing, petrochemical and power generation industries.

Riggall stated, “The Oman contract is a ground breaking step forward in validating the application of our innovative technology for industrial water recycling and reuse markets. Treating wastewaters from flue gas desulphurisation scrubbers is a major issue for fossil fuel burning industries world-wide. The Clean TeQ plant in Oman will demonstrate the cost effectiveness and versatility of the CIF® technology in this field. We are also delighted to be partnering more broadly with Multotec, a well-established supplier to the global minerals industry, to grow our businesses together on the African continent.”

The Oman contract is valued in excess of $400,000 and includes a technology fee and payments for engineering, equipment and resin supply and commissioning support. The CIF waste water treatment plant will treat waste water from a flue gas desulphurisation scrubber at a minerals processing plant at Port of Sohar Free Zone, Sultanate of Oman. The technology uses Clean TeQ’s proprietary CIF technology to remove toxic pollutants and in particular sulphate, antimony and arsenic from the wastewater stream. The Clean TeQ solution is being provided to Multotec as an equipment design and supply package. Multotec is the principal contractor with overall responsibility for delivering the wastewater management systems for the mineral processing facility.

Engineering of the CIF waste water treatment plant has been completed and materials, including first fill of resin, have been procured and are in transit to the site. Multotec will construct the water treatment plant under the direction of Clean TeQ personnel. The CIF plant is expected to be completed and commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2017.

As more stringent environmental regulations regarding industrial emissions are being enacted in many countries, sulphur dioxide must increasingly be removed from flue gases. Flue-gas desulphurisation generally uses wet scrubbing technologies to remove sulphur dioxide from exhaust flue gases of fossil-fuel burning industries of other sulphur oxide emitting processes.

With water scarcity becoming an issue, the management of wastewaters from flue gas desulphurisation scrubbers is becoming a significant issue for a number fossil fuel burning industries world-wide, particularly coal fired power stations. In China, Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) standards are now being enacted for fossil burning power plants and the market for wastewater management is growing rapidly. Our CIF® approach when coupled to evaporation and crystallisation provides a unique ZLD solution for the power industry.

Clean TeQ and Multotec see the African market as highly prospective for the CIF technology. Applications in the mining, power and groundwater remediation areas are large and immediate markets.

Clean TeQ continues to pursue a range of other water treatment opportunities including:

  1. A CIF wastewater treatment solution to treat tailings water to a standard to allow discharge at a gold mining operation in Australia. The technology removes toxic pollutants sulphate, antimony and arsenic from a waste water stream
  2. A Clean-iX® uranium recovery plant to remove low concentrations of uranium from process liquors at a copper/cobalt processing operation in Africa.

Clean TeQ is the 100% owner of the Syerston project, located in New South Wales, Australia. Syerston is one of the largest and highest grade scandium deposits in the world and one of the highest grade and largest nickel and cobalt deposit outside of Africa.