Supersorb continues environmental drive

ALBANY-BASED Supersorb Minerals has taken a significant step in its drive to develop environmental technology projects as an extension of its core absorbent minerals business, starting test work for mine water treatment and mine site remediation at the Ardlethan Tin Project in NSW.

The work marks an important landmark in the Talon Resources NL subsidiary’s newly developed range of high-performance zeolite-based products, which have widespread application in waste-water treatment and remediation, as well as the horticultural sector.

The test work is aimed at treating stored water on site to provide additional supplies for Marlbor-ough Resources NL’s Ardlethan project, which is planned to start processing early next year.

The project, which is situated 500 kilometres from Sydney, will involve mining large alluvial tin resources and reprocessing tailings from previous operations – which contain twice as much recoverable tin as the alluvial resources.

Talon CEO Tony Parry said Marlborough had been examining options for the processing of large amounts of water stored in the old pit and tailings dams, both for environmental purposes and to provide usable water to supplement existing sources for the proposed production plant.

“Initial testwork will be aimed at the application of zeolite technology to purify the water and recover some of the heavy metals dissolved in one of the dams,” Dr Parry said.

“If successful, we will also look at purification of other bodies of water accumulated in the main pit and other dams, if Supersorb secures a contract for the program.”

Talon recently started a program of mine remediation trials using the technology at an overseas site of a major international mining company.

Dr Parry said future work could focus on mine site remediation using Supersorb’s technology to facilitate rapid revegetation of rehabilitated areas economically.

Supersorb began its push into the environmental technology area earlier this year following commissioning of its new zeolite plant in Queensland.

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