Metals Removal & Recovery from Mining Wastewater

Metals Removal & Recovery from Mining Wastewater
Recorded on Thursday, October 3, 2013:


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern US Time

The mining industry is a vital component of the global economy. In the western hemisphere, the mining industry has been subjected to stringent environmental regulation and is becoming similarly regulated in key mining markets in South America and Asia. Effluents generated in the mining sector invariably contain significant concentrations of potentially harmful toxic metals, such as copper, arsenic and iron and, in some cases, precious metals such as zinc, gold, silver and nickel.

Regulation has forced mining operations to reduce the concentrations of a range of metals generated in the effluent. This has created a market for water and wastewater treatment technologies. While regulations can change and result in new markets for generated removal technology, a promising area for growth in the mining sector is in the recovery of trace metals from effluents.

Generally, trace precious metals produced from mining and ore processing are not recovered because of the relatively high processing costs and technical issues that may arise. Recently, however, the practice of recovering metals has increased in line with the growth in price for a range of precious metals, such as platinum, rhodium and gold. Historically, metals removal from mining and metallurgical wastewaters has been driven by environmental regulation but is now seeing a financial drive as well because of an increase in metal reuse or sale.

This webinar will provide an overview on the current market state of mining wastewater treatment systems and highlight the future of technologies and opportunities within this market.

Questions to be answered:


  1. Is there a market for metals removal? If so, where? Is this driven by regulation?
  2. What are the prevailing technologies for metals removal? Ion exchange, lime precipitation, reverse osmosis?
  3. Is there a market for selective metals recovery from mining wastewater? E.g. nickel, cobalt and copper
  4. Regulatory Overview – how does regulation, enforcement and compliance vary across different jurisdictions?
  5. How do fluctuation in metals prices impact the move from disposal to recovery?
  6. Where do leading technology providers see the greatest potential for innovation in this sector?
  7. What are the technological limitations of current commercially available metals recovery and removal systems?
  8. What technological innovations are happening in this sector?
  9. How do these innovative technologies/processes compare with current removal strategies?
  10. What is the future of this market? Are there any current legislation or barriers?

What you will learn:


  • The current status quo both in terms of market activity and prevailing technologies for metals removal from mining wastewater.
  • Regulatory framework - The impact regulation is likely to have on this sector over the next 5-10 years.
  • Economic and technical perspective - The potential for a move towards metals recovery, the market conditions and enabling technologies required to make this happen. Is this a niche market or likely to expand?
  • Where the latest technological breakthroughs are happening in this area.
  • The projections for the future of this market

Who should attend?


  • Investors looking to understand the market opportunity in metals recovery from mining wastewater
  • Technology providers looking for technology gap and unmet needs.
  • Mining companies, Contractors and consultants who wish to understand the economic & technical issues and future directions.


Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech® Research


Laurie Reemeyer, Study Manager, AMEC

David Kratochvil, President & Chief Technology Officer, BioteQ

Marek Mierzejewski, Sector Lead, Water for Mining, CH2M Hill

Prof. Corby Anderson, Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

















Erin Dolleris

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How It Works

The 90 minute session is interactive and you will be able to submit questions -live- to our esteemed speakers - via computer during the session. However, please note that since this is a discussion and not a formal presentation the only visual elements will be the information contained herein.
You will receive confirmation of your registration via email.
A separate email sent a (business) day before the webinar will include a toll free dial-in phone number and access code to dial into the seminar. It will also include the Internet address and login instructions to access the webinar.
At the time of the interactive session, you will call into the toll-free number via phone or speakerphone and log in to the special website. You will follow the presentation on the web; the Instructors will manage the timing and page changes of the presentation directly.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions at specified times during the presentation. All participants will be able to hear both the questions and answers.

Single Connection: $245.00
Additional Connection at the same Organization: $150.00

A site connection allows a single connection to the web conference. That connection is open to any number of users in a collaborative setting. Because there are no travel expenses and only a single registration fee is required, each additional participant lowers the cost per participant significantly.

By purchasing a site connection, you can invite as many people as you would like to view and participate in the session from a single location. Set up the session in a conference room and project the presentation and chat on a large screen. You also have rights to distribute copies of the presentation materials to everyone involved. Please note that audio is received via the phone line and must be broadcast to your group.

If for any reason a relevant stakeholder cannot co-locate for the session, we encourage you to include that person by purchasing an additional connection at the reduced fee of $150 per session. This will ensure that every member of a team receives the same relevant, timely information in the most efficient way. If you have any technical or purchasing questions, please contact us at (818) 888-4444.

Should you be unable to attend, a refund, less a $50 administrative charge, will be made for cancellations received via letter or fax at least 3 working days before the event. We regret cancellations will not be accepted after that date. However, we will be pleased to transfer your registration to another member of your company or credit the registration fee to another Infocast conference if you register within 6 months from the date of this conference. In the event the conference is canceled, Infocast’s liability is limited to the refund of the conference registration fee only.

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