Soilworks is the trusted partner for large-scale open pit and underground mining operations around the globe. From wind-blown tailings impoundments and dam wall erosion, to dusty tunneling drifts and haul road instability, Soilworks is known for its dependable ability to solve difficult soil stabilization and dust control challenges that impact each mine’s profitability and safety. Air quality compliance, miners’ health, operational safety and efficiency optimization are all part of our innovative capabilities.
How much of your tailings are lost to wind erosion?
On the surface, it’s easy to understand that wind can have an impact on the erosion of mine tailings. But do you how much of an impact? Left untreated, 95 percent of the tailings will disappear in just 25 minutes. Treat the mine tailings with Soiltac and only 0.2 percent will erode – even after 8 hours of testing.
Mining Solutions In Action
Durasoil is the ultimate dust suppressant for hot underground mining operations because it never evaporates and is re-workable.
Barrick Gold Corporation's underground mines depend on Durasoil to provide dust free roads, ribs, drifts and ramps without adding humidity.
Soiltac copolymer creates a dust-free surface crust on the world's largest copper mine tailings impoundments for Codelco in Chile.
Soiltac treated mine tailings proved to control an astonishing 99.7% of surface dust according to independent University research.
Codelco's 544 hectares of mine tailings depend on Soiltac to provide an overwhelming reduction of PM-10 & PM-2.5 particulate matter.
Durasoil works regardless of temperature; from blistering heat to arctic freeze it suppresses haul road dust & remains re-workable.
Mine Tailings Impoundments are topically treated with Soiltac creating a surface crust, eliminated dust and erosion of fine particulates.
Freeport-McMoRan's mine tailings dams are sealed with brown pigmented Soiltac to control dust and erosion while maintaining a more natural appearance.
Soiltac dust suppressant applied to Freeport‑McMoRan's soft mine tailings surface with low pressure flotation hydro-seeding equipment.
Bulldozer compacting Codelco's new mine tailings dam prior to topical surface treatment of Soiltac to protect from dust and erosion.
Related Reference Documents
Underground Mining with Durasoil
National Mining Chronicle
Technical Data Sheet - Gorilla-Snot
Technical Data Sheet - Soiltac
Technical Data Sheet - Durasoil
Durasoil Safety Data Sheet - English
International Mining July 2016 Issue
International Mining - July 2016
UQAT Evaluations of Solutions to Limit Wind Erosion on Tailings Impoundments
URSTM, United Research and Service in Mineral Technology
Mining Industry Brochure