Veolia to operate AngloGold’s water treatment plant

Ghana site photoGold mining firm AngloGold  Ashanti has chosen Veolia to optimise, operate and maintain the water treatment plant of its open pit gold mine of Iduapriem in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality of the Western-Region of Ghana.

This contract confirms Veolia’s leading expertise in the treatment of water used in the mining industry and the company’s capacity to attract new clients in its key fields of development.

Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia Ghana Limited, will operate and maintain, over the next two years, the existing water treatment facility at Iduapriem, since water is key in the mining industry and used within a broad range of activities including mineral processing, dust suppression, slurry transport and employee needs.

Veolia will provide the best management and operational expertise to ensure proper water treatment and discharge.

Patrice Fonlladosa, the Executive Vice President for Africa and the Middle East for Veolia explained: “Veolia’s global presence in mining and strong commitment with both the mining industry and Africa has given AngloGold Ashanti the confidence to outsource its water management to Veolia.”

“This contract confirms the added-value solutions and expertise that our Group provides to its mining clients so that their processes can comply with the highest standards, in particular the environment while improving the efficiency of their operations,” he said.

Iduapriem Mine is located in the Western Region of Ghana. It is an open-pit gold mine with an annual average gold production of about 220, 000 ounces and a recovery factor of about 95.8 per cent.

It faces a climate with extreme seasonal variations in temperature or rainfall and the alternation of dry and wet seasons. When seasonal patterns provide very high rainfall for only a few months, water must be managed cautiously to avoid flooding of operations, that could lead to water contamination and potential health and safety issues.

Moreover, gold extraction in particular requires the use of cyanide, a hazardous material used to dissolve and separate gold from ore.

Veolia will care for the proper operation and maintenance of the treatment plant to ensure that water resource is managed adequately in an environmentally-friendly manner.

The Iduapriem mine, wholly owned by AngloGold Ashanti since September 2007, comprises the Iduapriem and Teberebie properties in a 110km2 concession. Iduapriem is located some 70km north of the coastal city of Takoradi and 10km southwest of the Tarkwa mine.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti is one of the largest operators in the gold mining industry. It has 20 gold mining operations in 10 countries, as well as several exploration programmes in both the established and new gold producing regions of the world.

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