Customer: Isaac Plains Mine – Australia
Application: Metals analysis in water
Description: Isaac Plains is an open cut coal mine, in Northern Queensland, Australia. The Isaac Plains Project operates under an Environmental Authority (EA). One of the environmental monitoring requirements which must be met is monitoring water. These include potable water, mine affected water, natural creek flows, water releases, groundwater and the receiving environment. The site water management system is comprised of sediment dams (for containing mine affected water), release dams (for releasing good quality water to the environment), a raw water dam (for storing the allocated raw water supply) and a drainage system which allows for clean water run-off collected by the catchment to be diverted away from the active mining area.
Problem/Task: Need for compliance monitoring of heavy metals which requires results for three target trace metal species, mercury, copper and lead (Hg, Cu, Pb) for discharge. Currently Isaac Plains Mine uses ICP-MS for trace level analysis which takes 7-10 working days to get results. This delay is costly to mining operations.
ANDalyze Solution: Isaac Plains Mine implemented the ANDalyze hand held fluorimeter and heavy metal sensors to get fast (one minute) test results at low PPB level readings.
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