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Schwing Bioset to Display Equipment at WEFTEC 2018 Exhibit

 

September 2018 

Schwing Bioset, Inc. (SBI) is once again exhibiting at the 2018 WEFTEC Technical Expo in New Orleans on October 1-3. Please be sure to stop by our booth (#2914) while you're on the exhibit floor to see our technologies and learn about how we help water and wastewater treatment plants. This year we will be showcasing several pieces of equipment.

Schwing Bioset is your complete solids handling provider, offering the widest range of high-performance screw presses, one of which will be displayed on the WEFTEC floor. Our screw press offers dewatering for those needing a cost effective, durable, efficient dewatering to reduce their volume of biosolids.

October 28, 2016-untitled-1042-smallWe will also be displaying our Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) filtration systems for water and wastewater, which utilize hollow fiber membranes. The unique end-free cartridge helps eliminate fouling experienced by fibers restrained on both ends.

Other equipment on display will be a sliding frame, biosolids piston pump, and Bioset reactor. The Bioset system is configurable to produce either Class A or B Biosolids, while each unit in the system is completely customizable to fit each plant.

Featured in the new Technology Center will be our integrated phosphorus management process offered under license from NuReSys, Fluid Bed Dryers, Container Wagons, SBI Solutions, and our marketing and hauling services.

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“WEFTEC is an exciting time for us. It gives us a chance to showcase our equipment, meet new industry contacts, and connect with prospective and current customers. We are continually enhancing our existing technologies and bringing in new product offerings, so WEFTEC is the perfect venue to display those technologies,” stated Chuck Wanstrom, Director of New Business Development for Schwing Bioset.

The SBI team members attending the show include Executives, Divisional and Regional Sales Managers, Service personnel, and more. If you'd like to meet with one of our team members, please email us and we'll put you in touch with the appropriate person to assist with your biosolids management needs.

Be sure to follow the Schwing Bioset, Inc. social media sites to see what we’re up to at the show. In the meantime, read about our MBR’s, Nutrient Management, Dewatering Equipment, Piston Pumps, Bioset Process, and other products hereand then stop by booth 2914 to learn more! You can also visit the conference website to view the event details and the exhibition map: http://www.weftec.org, and the Schwing Bioset listing for the show.

We are excited to see you at WEFTEC 2018!

 

About Schwing Bioset, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Schwing Bioset, Inc. has been helping wastewater treatment plants, mines, and industrial users by engineering solids handling solutions. Schwing Bioset’s custom-engineered solutions can be found in over a thousand facilities across North America and around the world.

Our products include, among others, sludge, industrial, and tunnel piston pumps, screw presses, nutrient removal and management, membrane bioreactors, sliding frame and push floor silos, fluid bed drying products, Bioset process for Class A Biosolids, container wagons, and screw conveyors. We also offer on-site demos, spare parts and equipment maintenance services, and training. 

 

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Schwing Bioset, Inc. Now Partnering with Technosub Mining Distributor

 

Written by John Brown, July 2018

 

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Schwing Bioset, Inc. is pleased to announce that Technosub has signed as our mining distributor for Canada. With a headquarters in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and nine locations across Canada, Technosub is a world-class organization recognized for its innovative and fully integrated pumping solutions in the mining and industrial water management sectors. The company sells, rents, manufactures, and repairs pumps and pumps components.

President & CEO of Technosub, Eric Beaupre, stated, “Schwing Bioset is a great complement to our line of mining and industrial products and integral engineering solutions. This allows our sales and engineering team to provide even more value and integral solutions to our customers, not just in Canada, but around the world.”

John Brown, Schwing Bioset Mining Sales Engineer, and the Schwing Bioset management team are excited about this promising partnership. John notes that, “Our positive displacement pump will be part of Technosub’s integral solutions, and in some applications part of the Mudwizard system, so Technosub will have the capability of global distribution of Schwing Bioset.” The Mudwizard system is designed to easily manage underground sludge while lowering operations costs.

The Technosub organization has a history of excellence, providing engineered solutions to the mining market globally, and supports Schwing Bioset’s mission of offering the best high solids content slurries-paste transportation and handling solutions in the mining industry. Their efforts with Canada’s engineering and procurement companies, along with local support, will benefit Schwing Bioset’s mining customers globally.

For more information, please contact John Brown at (715) 247-3433 or visit our Mining Pumps webpage.

 

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Water Reclamation Facility Steps Up its Approach to Biosolids

 

Written by Larry Trojak, June 2018

 

Central Florida is One “Class A” Place

Much like the State of Florida itself, the Water Conserv II facility, located in Orlando, is all about change. Almost since its inception in 1961, Water Reclamation Facility  (WRF) has been undergoing periodic upgrades, process changes and, at times, major overhauls to keep pace. So it should come as no surprise that, when confronted with the need to replace major anaerobic digestion components that were impacting capacity, all options were on the table. And when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) indicated that newer, tougher regulations would be impacting continued production of their Class B biosolids product, a range of alternatives was examined. The end result of those efforts is a new Class A Exceptional Quality (EQ) product created through use of the Bioset Process from Schwing Bioset, Inc. (SBI, Somerset, Wisc.) which effectively creates 120,000 lbs. of field-ready fertilizer product per day.  

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Use Then Reuse

Originally constructed in 1961 as the 4 mgd McLeod Road Treatment Plant, the Orlando facility was upgraded to 12 mgd in 1972 to deal with the area’s rapidly growing population and then further expanded to 25 mgd. Then, in the early 1980s, a number of factors, including the realization that the plant’s discharge was adversely affecting the health of nearby waterways, prompted the City of Orlando and Orange County to team up and create what is today called the Water Conserv II Distribution Center (DC) in west Orange County, about 20 miles from the Water Conserv II WRF. The DC reuses about 35 mgd of treated wastewater (reclaimed water) in west Orange County for agricultural, residential and commercial uses, as well as rapid infiltration basins (RIBs) to help with aquifer recharge. According to Paul Deuel, assistant division manager for the City of Orlando Water Reclamation Division, the scope of what was planned for the newly revised treatment plant was impressive.

“Much of this was driven by the growth we were seeing in the early 1980s and the projected impact on the aquifer that serves this area,” he said. “In addition, the EPA was mandating that discharge issues at nearby Shingle Creek be resolved. So, the Water Conserv II DC, which combined newly improved processes with the use of reclaimed water for area irrigation, was born. That last point is huge: up until then, very little agriculture involved the use of reclaimed water. The Water Conserv II DC went that route and for a long time was the largest citrus irrigation project in the world to do so.”

The move to make the resource available resulted in a contract which provided early participants access to free reclaimed water for a period of 20 years. For some, according to Deuel, the benefits proved invaluable.

“In the case of the citrus growers, this agreement provided a guaranteed water source, even in times of shortages or drought,” he said. “In addition, it could be used for frost and freeze protection when the lives of the trees themselves were at risk. Once we became established, additional users joined in over the years, including several area golf courses, Valencia Community College, Universal Studios’ theme park (which uses it both for site irrigation and in their cooling towers), the Mall at Millennia, even apartment complexes and single-family homes. It has really proven itself an invaluable resource.”

 

Time Takes a Toll

As mentioned, Conserv II WRF has been undergoing change of one sort or another since its inception. When major components in the anaerobic digestion area began to show signs of wear — and failing on an increasingly regular basis — the facility team started running the numbers to weigh the cost of shoring up the Class B biosolids operation or going in a new direction entirely.

“We started looking at the costs needed to rehab the anaerobic digesters to achieve [Class B] biosolids,” said Steve Shelnutt, Water Conserv II WRF plant manager. “At about the same time, FDEP advised us that new regulations, specific to the generation of a Class B product, were being implemented. It was obvious that continuing to do Class B was going to be more challenging and more costly. So, we began looking at alternatives available to us.”

Shelnutt said they contracted with engineering firm Black & Veatch and considered a combined heat and power process that still relied on anaerobic digestion but, because it went into the thermophilic range, it would give them the Class A EQ product they desired  “However, it also added a nutrient load back to the plant,” he said. “So, they sought to remedy that by recycling the gas it created, treating the side streams, and so on. Unfortunately, the project costs started growing into the $40-60 million capital range — far beyond what we had envisioned.”

 

Let the Games Begin

As is so often the case in any industry, word that Water Conserv II WRF was seeking alternative processing methods traveled quickly. One of the first to call upon them, according to City project manager Kristi Fries P.E., was Brian Schuette, vice president of Moss Kelly, Inc., SBI’s Florida sales representative.

“Brian came in and, based on equal parts: what the Bioset Process could do for us and its estimated costs, quickly got our attention,” said Fries. “He told us that he could take us into a Class A EQ fertilizer-grade product for about $1.8 million. Compared with the other proposal which seemed to be growing more expensive by the day, this seemed almost too good to be true. At the same time, we were hearing from other manufacturers who pitched their processes, each of which had some good points, but ultimately didn’t give us what we really needed.”

The alternatives examined included upgrading the anaerobic digesters, a process that employed a high-pressure steam pre-treatment, another which used a technique to accelerate the composting process, and others.

“We did an evaluation of capital costs for each, measured it against the proposed end-product, and decided that we would move forward with the Bioset Process,” said Shelnutt. We also took a ‘field trip’ to two different Florida locations where the process was already in operation and liked what we saw. In fact, our chief operator and I spent a good deal of time talking to the staff discussing the process and hearing how they felt about it. That really helped us make our decision.”

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Feeling the Heat

The Bioset Process which Water Conserv II WRF has embraced takes biosolids that have been dewatered to about 15% dry solids and, using Schwing KSP-25 piston pump, routes it to a twin-screw mixer in which quicklime and sulfamic acid are added and blended. This type of mixing ensures a homogeneous product and alleviates issues such as unreacted lime in the final product — and the associated costs associated with it.

“At that point, the Schwing KSP-25 piston pump feeds material into the reactor in which heat from the acid and quicklime raises the pH level, thereby stabilizing the biosolids mixture and creating a product that meets EPA 503.33 requirements,” said Shelnutt.

Because the ammonia that is generated through addition of the lime is entrained with the biosolids inside the reactor, thereby killing the pathogens, the Bioset approach has been approved as a process to further reduce pathogens (PFRP). This approval allows the Bioset process to operate at 55°C (131°F) with a residence time of 40 minutes (versus 70°C (158°F) for 30 minutes) lowering operating costs by approximately 35%.

The stabilized Class A EQ product exits the reactor and is pumped directly to a pair of waiting trailers. Even though it is discharged from the process above 25% dry solids, the new product has very little surface tension until it cools, improving its flow characteristics and making it self-leveling in the trucks. According to Deuel, having SBI involved took care of an important step in the upgraded biosolids process: finding a customer for the end-product.

“We are fortunate in that Schwing Bioset has arrangements worked out with customers here in Florida who are anxious to take the Class A EQ material,” he said. “In this case, it is an organization called the Deseret Ranch which runs a cattle operation on about 295,000 acres (450 square miles) in Central Florida. And while they are happy to take the product in its raw form, Bioset will also accommodate customers who demand a pellet or finer product. Not having to deal with [the disposition of] the biosolids has been a nice bonus for us.”

 

Weathering the Storm

Schwing Bioset’s sister company, Biosolids Distribution Services (BDS) provided the first six months of hauling and marketing of the Class A EQ material .  Utilizing more than 15 years’ experience, BDS was able to add the production from the Water Conserv II WRF to their current operation. 

The benefit of having BDS haul Water Conserv II WRF’s Class A EQ product was felt soon after the equipment was installed, as Hurricane Irma struck in September of 2017. Due to the high-water table levels after the hurricane’s passage, virtually all sites available for Class B land application couldn’t be utilized and it wasn’t until three months later, when groundwater levels dropped, that those fields could be accessed again. The plant would likely have incurred substantial additional disposal costs taking Class B material to either landfills or longer-distance application sites that could still receive Class B biosolids. BDS and the city only missed one day of scheduled hauling — the actual day the hurricane struck. Otherwise it was business as usual leading up to and immediately after the storm.

 

The Need for Feed

Making the switch from a Class B biosolids product to a Class A EQ was not without its challenges. For example, at 371 cu. ft., the reactor installed at the Orlando site is quite large, yet the footprint in which the major components had to be installed was extremely tight. In addition, one of Water Conserv II WRF’s primary stipulations said that that their new process needed to be fully automatic.

David Bass P.E., Water Reclamation Division manager added. “We needed to automate everything. So the programming needed to achieve that was intricate and demanding. But Schwing Bioset, working with our own programmers, was able to make it happen.”

A good example of that automation at work can be found in the system’s lime feed process. At Water Conserv II WRF, should the temperature in the reactor drop, the lime feed will automatically increase; conversely, if the process is found to be running too hot, the lime feed will decrease. The program also monitors the output of the transfer pump and — whether they are running one or two dewatering presses — if the pump starts adding more sludge to the outside hopper it will also speed up the lime.

“This has taken our biosolids process to a whole new level,” says Shelnutt. ”We’ve gone from a situation in which the staff felt they needed to monitor things constantly, to one in which they are totally comfortable letting it operate as designed. Everything is now controlled by the HMI (human machine interface) on the control panel and, despite a few hiccups at the outset, it has proven an outstanding solution for us.”

 

All About the Change

In its previous Class B biosolids scenario, four belt filter presses discharged the dewatered biosolids onto two belts that led to an incline conveyor, then to a traveling conveyor which deposited it into trucks below. True to Water Conserv II WRF’s spirit of continual improvement, those two belts are in the process of being converted to screw conveyors and rather than converging in the center, will go in opposite directions and dump into a pair of Schwing KSP-25 transfer pumps.

“Those pumps take the biosolids to the Bioset unit outside,” said Shelnutt. “While it would have been great to have the entire biosolids process under one roof, size constraints made that impossible. This plant is on an area that measures less than 40-acres — relatively small for a plant of this size — and any open space we have remaining has already been slated for other use such as new clarifiers, additional aeration, etc.  However, this does allow us to keep the Bioset process close to the trailer loading area, which was also important for us.”

Shelnutt added that the system design features a pair of Schwing Bioset bulk storage silos for redundancy in the lime storage area. They will also be keeping the traveling and incline conveyors as a backup, should there be anything that results in a service interruption to the Bioset system. In that case, they can simply send material through the belt presses and haul it to another facility for processing. “It’s an option, albeit an expensive one, but it is better than being completely out of business,” he added.

The biosolids process now in place at Water Conserv II WRF is capable of processing 20 dry tons/day and Deuel said that under normal conditions they would do about half that. “Right now, however, we are pulling material that has been stored from the shutdown of the anaerobic digesters,” he said. So we are doing between three and six trailers a day, depending on hauling and plant variables.”

 

Solid Relationship

According to Shelnutt, the relationship between the Water Conserv II WRF team and Schwing Bioset has been a good one, based equally on the product’s proven performance and the company’s quick, consistent response to their needs.

“It seems like such basic business sense, but while far too many companies don’t seem to get it, Schwing Bioset does,” he said. “By way of an example: we had a problem with an acid hopper, determined that we caused the problem, and went back to the manufacturer to order a new one. They wanted more details and were dragging their feet on the replacement. SBI found out about it and interacted with that manufacturer directly to make things right. We felt that was over and above what is expected of an equipment supplier — but it’s solidified our relationship.”

Obviously, given the savings cited and the market for the product, Water Conserv II WRF’s decision to go with the Bioset process was largely based on economic concerns. However, according to David Bass, they were also committed to the idea of having a usable, in-demand product leaving their facility.

“It seems like so many biosolids management facilities are coming and going; people are losing their permits, others are opting to leave the industry, and so on,” he said. “And to a certain extent, I can see that. If we were still generating a Class B product, the increasingly stricter regulations that the FDEP and EPA are now promulgating require a much larger application setback than previous regulations. We wanted to eliminate issues like that, create a viable product, and feel good about our operation. The Bioset Process was definitely the right solution for us at this facility.”

 

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Dewatering with a Screw Press at Bradenton WWTP

 

Written by Chuck Wanstrom, May 2018

The city of Bradenton, Florida, operates a wastewater treatment plant that processes roughly eight million gallons per day. The plant had historically aerobically digested their biosolids and dewatered them to 15% dry solids content using two, 2.0-meter belt filter presses. Due to the age of the belt filter presses, the maintenance expenditures were continually increasing and creating a burden not only in expenses, but also on personnel time to keep the equipment functioning.

Bradenton began a search to identify new dewatering techniques that could replace the aging belt filter presses. Several pilot studies were completed and Schwing Bioset was invited to run their screw press pilot. The pilot proved successful with results of up to 21% dry solids. The Schwing Bioset screw presses were also able to fit within the confines of the available space on the second floor of the existing dewatering building. 

The Schwing Bioset equipment was chosen as the best value and was procured under a sole source contract. The two new FSP902 screw presses were designed into the existing dewatering building and were commissioned early in 2018. The dewatered biosolids exceed the old belt presses cake performance and reduces the city’s hauling and disposal costs while at the same time reducing the amount of wash water required and significantly reducing the maintenance load to city staff. 

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Myra Falls Mine Opening Again with Updated Paste Pumps

 

Written by John Brown, April 2018

The Myra Falls mine, owned by Nyrstar, is located in a provincial park in central Vancouver Island (British Columbia) and is linked only by a 90 km asphalt road to the port of Campbell River. In 2002, Myra Falls constructed a paste plant to manage their tailings that included two KSP-110V(HD)L pumps with a maximum capacity of 82 m3/hr at 8.62 MPa. Each pump was equipped with hydraulic units that had a capacity of 600 HP.

For years the KSP 110’s had been pumping paste-tailings material nearly 2 miles to either a surface tailings pond or back underground to the stopes through an eight-inch pipe without any problems. Myra Falls relied on Schwing Bioset for over seven years of operation and service of the pump systems.  Economic conditions then led to the suspension of mining operations which are now scheduled to resume in 2018.

To keep the operation running as smoothly as before, an engineering analysis was performed on the existing facilities to evaluate the equipment and processes in place.  As part of this analysis, Nyrstar decided to increase the capacity of their operation by replacing the KSP 110 pumps with new KSP 140’s that provide nearly 30% more capacity and to recondition the existing power units.  The two power packs for the KSP 110’s were sent back to the Schwing Bioset factory and these 15 year old power units will be updated with the newest hydraulic designs and componentry.

The new KSP 140’s will also be using Schwing Bioset’s proprietary Ideal Control Circuit (ICC), which reduces paste flow velocity changes at the end of each pumping stroke to mitigate the pressure surges that can be seen in paste pipelines. This internal dampening system is achieved with simple position sensors and programming and avoids the complexities of other dampening systems available on the market.

The project is expected to be completed in July of 2018. For more info on our Mining Pumps, contact John Brown or visit http://www.schwingbioset.com/mining-pumps.

 

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Metro WWTP Upgrades Piston Pump Sludge Flow Measurement System

 

Written by Chuck Wanstrom, March 2018

 

The Metro WWTP, operated by the Metropolitan Council of Environmental Services (MCES), located in St. Paul, MN, has an average daily flow of 215 million gallons per day (MGD) of incoming flow. Prior to 2004 the plant had been utilizing multi-hearth incinerators to burn their biosolids. A new incineration facility utilizing fluid bed technology was commissioned in 2004 and included a dewatered biosolids storage and feed system supplied by Schwing Bioset, Inc (SBI).

The feed system included four sliding frame silos providing intermediate storage of dewatered cake to provide a buffer in centrifuge and incinerator operations. Each of the four sliding frame silos were equipped with two KSP 45V(HD)L piston pumps to transport the dewatered cake to the incinerators. Each piston pump is equipped with a dual discharge to split the biosolids flow to multiple incinerator injection points, as well as a Sludge Flow Measuring System (SFMS) to measure within 5% the amount of biosolids being pumped into the incinerator. The SFMS is a critical piece of the operation as this is required to satisfy US EPA reporting requirements. This proven equipment configuration and flow measuring system has been utilized at numerous other facilities across North America for over 20 years.

Schwing Bioset has recently developed an improvement in its SFMS to reduce the possible sources of error that can be introduced with variations in pumping speed during operation. This next generation of SFMS results in an even more accurate means of recording and reporting biosolids flow and is further evidence of Schwing Bioset’s commitment to developing and improving its technology to better serve its family of customers. After nearly 15 years of reliable service, the Metro plant, and its continuing commitment to excellence, is currently in the process of performing upgrades throughout its Solids Management Building and is converting its piston pumps to this next generation of flow measurement. Schwing Bioset looks forward to many more years of supporting MCES and to the continued success of this impressive facility.

If you are currently using an SBI pump equipped with our SFMS and would like more information on upgrading your equipment to the latest generation of flow measurement, please contact us at (715) 247-3433 or schwingbioset.com/contact-us.

 

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Schwing Bioset is Offering Two KSP Pump Training Seminars in 2018

 

Posted by Kelly Kramer, January 2018

 

The Schwing Bioset Service Team is excited to announce that it will be holding two KSP Pump Training Seminars in 2018!

Both sessions will be in May at our facility in Fort Myers, Florida. Attendees will join our instructors for classroom and hands-on KSP Pump Training and learn how to properly use, maintain, and troubleshoot pump equipment. They will have the chance to learn more about basic hydraulics, poppet valves, power packs, setting pressures, screw feeders, troubleshooting, and more!

The regular cost to register is $1295, but if you register early (by February 14th) you can receive $245 off of your registration fee. Our classes do fill up, so please reserve your spot now. 

The deadline to register for the spring seminars is March 23rd. You can get more information and registration forms at the link below.

For questions or to register, please contact Ashley at ahinrichs@schwingbioset.com or (715) 247-3433. 

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Schwing Bioset is Exhibiting at Several Events in 2018

 

Schwing Bioset, Inc. is excited to be attending and exhibiting at several conventions and expos throughout 2018. If you'd like to meet with one of our team members at a show, please email us and we'll put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Below is a list of water, wastewater, and mining events that we are scheduled to attend for the coming year. We will keep this information updated throughout the year. One new show for us is the AMTA Membrane Technology Conference in West Palm Beach.

For more than 30 years, Schwing Bioset, Inc. has been helping wastewater treatment plants, mines, and power generation customers by engineering solids handling solutions. Schwing Bioset’s custom-engineered solutions can be found in hundreds of wastewater treatments plants in North America, as well as mines and tunnels around the world.

Our products include, among others, sludge, industrial, and tunnel piston pumps, dewatering screw presses, sliding frame and push floor silos, fluid bed drying products, container wagons, Bioset process equipment for Class A biosolids, phosphorus removal and struvite recovery, and soil conditioners. We also offer spare parts, equipment maintenance services, and customer pump training. 

Read about our newest product, our Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Process Technology, and other products hereand then stop by one of our booths to learn more! 

Show Dates Place
Michigan AWWA / MWEA Joint Expo Feb. 6-7 Lansing Center, Lansing, MI
Pacific Water Conference Feb. 7-8 Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI
MWWA (Manitoba) Annual Conference Feb. 25-28 Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB
SME Annual Conference & Expo Feb. 25-28 Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
MRWA Water & WW Technical Conference March 6 River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN
AMTA Membrane Technology Conference & Expo  March 12-16 Palm Beach Co. Conv. Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Florida Water Resources Conference FWRC April 15-18 Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL
CWEA 2018 Annual Conference April 17-20 Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA
Exposición Internacional Minera April 18-20 Maverick Factor, San Juan, Argentina
Texas Water - AWWA Texas Section April 23-26 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
AWW & WEA Arkansas April 29 - May 2 Hot Springs Conv. Center, Hot Springs, AR
AZ Water Association Annual Conference & Expo May 2-4 Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
CIM 2018 Convention May 6-8 Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC
WEF Residuals & Biosolids Conference May 15-18 Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
WEF Nutrient Removal & Recovery Conference June 18-21 Hilton Midtown, Raleigh, NC
KY-TN Water Professionals Conference July 8-11 Music City Center, Nashville, TN
OAWWA/OWEA One Water Ohio Aug. 27-30 Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH
WaterJAM Sept. 10-13 Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA
WEFTEC 2018 Sept. 29 - Oct. 3 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
WWOA Annual Conference Oct. 16-19 Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
PNCWA 2018 Oct. 21-24 Boise Center, Boise, ID

 

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A Pump for Growth at the Pinos Altos Paste Plant

 

Written by John Brown and Jose Luis Diaz

The Pinos Altos mine is located in northern Mexico in the mountains west of Chihuahua and is owned by Agnico Eagle. With more than eight years of operation utilizing both conventional open pit and underground paste backfill mining techniques, the mine now is set to increase its underground production to its design capacities. The major components of this expansion include increasing the hoisting capacity as well as increasing the capacity of the paste plant. The key element in the expansion of the paste plant is the piston pump utilized to transport the paste back underground to the stopes.

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Pinos Altos has been successfully using a Schwing Bioset KSP 140 pump with a capacity 80 m3/hr since the inception of the project nearly a decade ago. The solid performance and low operating and maintenance requirements made the selection of a larger KSP 220 piston pump from Schwing Bioset for the plant expansion project an easy decision.

Schwing Bioset delivered the new KSP 220 pump and a 1,000HP hydraulic power unit in July 2017. Our technicians returned to Pinos Altos in November 2017 to commission the new equipment to complete this phase of the project. Design discharge capacity for the paste plant has increased to 110 m3/hr and operates with extremely high efficiencies. The new pump is equipped with Schwing Bioset’s proprietary Ideal Control Circuit (ICC), which reduces paste flow velocity changes at the end of each pumping stroke to mitigate the pressure surges commonly seen in paste pipelines and provide a more smoothly operating pumping system.

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The new pump transfers paste approximately 2.1 km underground at which point it is distributed to the appropriate stopes up to another 600 meters at an angle of inclination up to 32 degrees. This system is remotely controlled from the existing operations room on the surface and has allowed the operating capacity of the paste plant to increase by 30%, meeting all the projections from the beginning of the project.

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Una bomba para el crecimiento - planta de pasta de Pinos Altos

La mina de Pinos Altos localizada al Norte de México en las montañas del Estado de Chihuahua perteneciente al grupo canadiense Agnico Eagle, por cerca de ocho años de operación ha utilizado ambas técnicas de minado, tajo abierto convencional y sistemas subterráneos de relleno hidráulico. La mina fue diseñada para incrementar su producción subterránea a sus capacidades inicialmente establecidas. La mayor razón de esta expansión incluye el incremento de capacidad operativa como también el incremento de producción de la planta de pastas. El elemento clave en expandir la producción de la planta de pastas en el pasado ha sido la utilización de la bomba de pistones para el transporte de la pasta de regreso al subterráneo de las cámaras.

Pinos Altos ha estado utilizando la bomba Schwing Bioset modelo KSP 140 con una capacidad de 80 m3/hr desde hace una década. El sólido rendimiento, el bajo costo operativo y de mantenimiento hicieron de la selección del modelo KSP 220 para la expansión de la planta de pastas, una decisión no muy difícil de tomar.

Schwing Bioset hizo entrega de la nueva bomba KSP 220 con su respectiva unidad hidráulica de 1000HP de potencia en Junio del 2017. Nuestros técnicos retornaron a Pinos Altos en noviembre de 2017 para el arranque y comisión de esta fase del proyecto. El diseño de la capacidad de descarga de la planta de pastas fue incrementada a 110 m3/h, operando con gran precisión y eficiencia. La nueva bomba equipada con un sistema propiedad Schwing Bioset llamado Circuito Ideal De Control o como sus siglas en ingles “Ideal control Circuit (ICC)”, el cual reduce los cambios de velocidad de flujo de pasta al final de cada golpe de bombeo, mitigando de esta forma, arietes de presión comúnmente vistos en las tuberías de pasta y proporcionando un sistema de bombeo estable.

La nueva bomba transporta la pasta aproximadamente 2.1 Km al subterráneo de la mina, para luego escalar 600 metros con un ángulo de inclinación de 32 grados, para finalmente ser distribuida a los distintas cámaras de relleno.

Este sistema es remotamente operado desde la sala de controles existente desde la superficie. Esto ha permitido el incremento de la capacidad operativa de la planta de pasta en un 30%, de acuerdo a las proyecciones hechas desde el inicio del proyecto.

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Pump Performance is Key in Nevada Mine Dewatering Operation

 

Schwing Bioset Application Report 16, Turquoise Ridge, NV

Written by Larry Trojak, Trojak Communications

Version also published in Engineering & Mining Journal 

 

Water is a critical element in any mining effort, aiding in everything from dust suppression to actual material recovery. Encountering larger volumes of it, however, can also be one of the biggest hindrances to mine production and efficiency. And when that water contains solids with trace amounts of gold, removing those solids is suddenly a very different procedure, changing from a material disposal effort to one with a focus on material recovery. Such is the case at the Turquoise Ridge gold mine near Golconda, NV, where a pair of Schwing KSP-50 sludge pumps are being used to get dewatered material to a site where its highly-valued content can be recovered. The fact that the area is 1,800 feet straight up and the material has a 40% solids content has taxed such previous efforts. However, the system currently in place has been performing flawlessly for better than nine years now, testimony to both its design and the heartiness of the equipment itself.

 

Water, Water, Everywhere . . .

The mine at Golconda, an almost decade-long joint venture between industry giants Barrick and Newmont Mining, sits on 50 square miles and has been in operation under various names and ownerships since the early 1900s. With a mine that size (current annual gold outputs at TR are in the 200,000 ounce range), encountering water is a normal part of the process and Turquoise Ridge is no exception, according to Bill Davenport, dewatering supervisor.

“It’s not uncommon to hit ‘pods’ of water or underground streams within the fractures of the rock; it is all naturally occurring water,” he says. “We have a huge development drift in the very bottom of the mine on the main decline drift and at the brow of that drift there is water coming out that just runs down the ramp. There are also areas on another drift in which we were drilling and blasting in advance of utilities and hit a pod that started releasing hot water at a rate of about 40 gallons/minute. Today, throughout the mine, we are pumping out between 650 and 700 gallons a minute—more than a million gallons a day.”

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Waste? Not!

Previous efforts to deal with water issues first included using basic sumps to remove it. Mine personnel would then simply muck the residual solid material, dry it out in various drift locations and haul it to the MHD (material handling drift) to be shipped out of the mine. That all changed when it was discovered that the waste product had value.

“Back then, the residual material wasn’t being assayed for gold value so it was seen as nothing more than waste,” says Davenport. “When it was found to have a decent ore content, the whole process had to be revised. One effort included shipping the discharge water directly to a treatment process facility where it was treated for arsenic and other impurities. There, it was stored in a huge 500,000 gallon thickening tank, the solids were collected and sent on to the tailings facility using underflow thickener pumps.”

While that thought process was sound, adds Davenport, the decision to pump directly to the surface, rather than cascade-pump it from level to level, proved too much for that type of equipment. “When the pumps would fail—which was often—we would flood,” he says.

Around that same time, a hydrology study conducted by an engineering firm warned that, because of the inevitability of hitting more and more large pockets of water, a serious process upgrade was needed.

The JV team regrouped and opted for a design with clarifiers to settle out the dirt and decided that a positive displacement pump would be the best solution to handle a push of that vertical distance. In 2004, a major upgrade to the dewatering effort—including installation of a pair of 200 hp Schwing Bioset KSP 50 HDV sludge pumps—took place and has been at work ever since.

 

Positively Beneficial

Today all the water from the mining effort at Turquoise Ridge is captured through a series of multi-location, multi-level sumps and drain holes and shipped to either permanent pump skids (with 4” X 3” centrifugal pumps) or to 8” X 6” permanent pump stations. From there it is directed to a trio of 16,000 gallon clarifiers located an area in a drift adjacent to the main dewatering station. The clarifiers act as thickeners allowing the solids in the dirty water to settle out. The clear water is decanted into two other larger 19,000 gallon clear water basins. Half of that clear water is sent on for subsequent treatment and routed to rapid infiltration basins in nearby Valley; the remainder is re-used in the mining operation. Infiltrated water meets Federal drinking water standards.

“At that point, we have to dispose of the solids from the clarifiers, and the pumps make that possible,” says Davenport. “After leaving the clarifiers, that material is about 20% solids content and it has to be pumped through 3-inch pipe almost vertically for a distance of about 1,900 feet. Just after it reaches the collar of the shaft, it is discharged into a 12-inch pipe and carried roughly a mile and a half to the tailings area. That’s an amazing load to place on any piece of equipment”

When the solids content of the material gets too high for effective pumping, onsite personnel simply introduce water to the mixture using a port at the pump’s suction box, lowering the solids and enhancing flowability. Davenport says they run the pumps at the start of each shift for about three hours, and move, on average, about 15 tons of material in a 24-hour period. While performance is an obvious attribute, he is equally pleased with the pumps’ low maintenance demands, citing only a periodic change of poppets, pressure seats and ring to keep them in “fighting” shape.

“By comparison, over at one of our sister mines, we have duplex pumps working in support of autoclaves and the slurries they create. Those are extremely expensive pumps and the maintenance demands associated with them are brutal—that’s a tough one-two punch. Because mines are all about production, they have those pumps working continuously at maximum speed and, as a result, are constantly replacing pistons, rings and so on. Granted, we are only doing a fraction of the volumes they are, but we are pumping against 800 p.s.i. which is huge. As far as reliability and cost to operate, I’m certain our pumps are hands-down a better investment.

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Additional Recovery

As mentioned above, even the waste product from a mine contains gold—in this case, about ¼ ounce per ton—so material that has been placed to the tailings area is far from ready for disposal.

“The material that the pumps moved out to those 13 cells is dug out and spread to dry prior to shipping it off to Newmont’s Twin Creeks facility to start the process of final recovery. At that point all the gold will have been recovered,” says Davenport

Mining is a tough application on any piece of equipment, but especially so on one that is regularly dealing with high operating pressures and abrasive material. Davenport cites the reliability of the equipment and the solid support they’ve received since installation almost a decade ago as key reasons for that ongoing success.

“My guys maintain them well; in this business you have to,” he says. “But these pumps have been extremely good at providing support to our operation. This mine is growing and its growing to a point where there might be some changes made in a couple of years. There is talk about adding another dewatering site in the lower part of the mine and installing some additional sludge pumps. I can’t say what will happen at that point, but there’s no denying we’ll be thinking about the outstanding performance we’ve gotten from the pumps.”

 

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