Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Clean TeQ Water’s CIF® technology was used to remove and concentrate uranium from a cobalt rich liquor at a large minerals processing facility in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If not removed, the uranium significantly reduces the sale price which can be achieved for the site’s final cobalt product. The plant reduces the uranium concentration of 20 MLD of feed liquor from 30mg/L to <1 mg/L.
In order to provide the client with processing flexibility, during commissioning the continuous ion exchange plant was required to treat a more acidic feed than was designed for. Despite this significant change, uranium removal extent remained above 90%.
CIF® technology provides a lower cost than fixed bed ion exchange with a small plant footprint. It was a cost efficient and robust solution to the client, handling different flow rates and feed water qualities.