Leading mining company reactivates mine site

One of Australia’s leading independent coal exploration and mining companies recently re-engaged one of their mine sites from caretaker to ‘active’ status.

After a number of inactive years, a lot of equipment needed either repair or replacement to comply with both operational and EPA requirements. 

One such concern raised by the EPA was the existing water quality monitoring equipment - specifically used for monitoring waste water runoff. 

With waste water potentially passing over the spillway and into surrounding waterways during significant rainfall events, this could potentially impact negatively upon the surrounding environment. It is therefore crucial to continually monitor the water quality prior to such an event occurring.

Initial estimates obtained by the mining company determined that to it would cost somewhere in the vicinity of $40K to repair the existing water quality monitoring equipment on site. 

The Solution

They turned to Pacific Data Systems for a solution.

PDS were able to provide a complete new water quality monitoring solution utilising their PDS’ SatVUE satellite telemetry solution. The sensors integrated with the SatVUE solution included pH, Turbidity, EC, water depth and flow rate. 

All equipment as supplied for less than a 1/4 of the cost previously quoted to repair the existing equipment. 

Yielding immediate results

Since installing the SatVUE system, the mining company is receiving up-to-date data that can be viewed via a remote web portal, which makes data visible even when off site. 
Alarm functionality is included should any predetermined thresholds be reached when monitoring the aforementioned parameters.
The company is also experiencing peace of mind, that they are complying with EPA requirements, and not impacting negatively on the surrounding environment.

Planning ahead
As a result of how well the initial deployment has gone, the company is already looking to employ the SatVUE unit solution across several of their other mine sites.

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