Water evaporator trialled at Jeebropilly
13 May 2013
The New Hope Group is trialling a water evaporator as a possible way of getting rid of unwanted water in its mining operations.
Testing of one water evaporator started at Jeebropilly last week following the successful use of water evaporators in central Queensland mines in recent years.
New Hope’s General Manager for West Moreton Operations Kevin Rayfield said the evaporator unit was being tested to gauge the suitability of the system in the local climate and humidity.
“This is an impressive system and it works by pumping water into jets at the top of a large conical cylinder,” he said.
“Inside the cylinder is a high volume fan that blows air upwards, catching the fine jets of water, further dispersing it into a fine mist.
“A large proportion of the mist evaporates before falling back to earth.
“New Hope has set up some gauges around the site to check on how much, if any, water is collected back on the ground in the area close to the evaporator.
“This is another example of the New Hope Group’s commitment to continual improvement.
“These water evaporators have been used successfully in more than 2o different mines throughout central Queensland, and in industries outside of the resources sector as well, so we are using tried and tested technology here.
“We are simply testing this technology in our local climate to see if it works as well here as it has elsewhere.”
If the trial of the water evaporator is successful, the system could be particularly useful for getting rid of excess rainwater build ups in mining operations after heavy weather events.