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The Water in Mining 2016 Congress Showed New Technologies used in Industrial Water Management


With an emphasis on better industrial water management, the Water in Mining Congress was held with more than 215 attendees who participated in the more than 40 technical talks from authors coming from 13 countries.

The Congress, which was held from 18 to 20 may at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, had presentations from renowned mining companies such as Minera Candelaria, who spoke about their advances in water management, and Minera Los Pelambres , which showed their advances in tailings disposal optimization in El Mauro through the use of drones.

"The mining industry is facing water management related challenges and is more than ever getting attention from Governments and investors; as such there have been advances in technologies used. Therefore, conferences like this one are important because scientists can learn the mining industry’s needs while at the same time, the mining industry can be aware of the type of research being performed that can benefit them", said the Vice-President of Water in Mining 2016, Neil McIntyre, who is also head of the Program for Natural Resources and Regional Water in the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland, Australia.

This last point is reiterated by Mauricio Gironas, President of the Congress and Manager of the concentrator plants Puerto de Mineras Candelaria and Ojos del Salado, who  highlighted "the technical quality of presentations and the active participation of the attendants" during the Congress.

For his part, Maria Mamelkina, student at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, stressed the importance of this kind of event for the industry. "This Conference has helped me expand my mind and learn new things. It has helped me make contacts that could lead to collaborations on future projects. "Water in Mining has been the best choice to make contacts and discuss about the future of water in mining".