BQE Water: Kemess Selen-IX Selenium Removal Plant Wins Best Clean50 Project in Canada

VancouverBQE Eau inc. (TSX-V: BQE), a leader in the management of mining wastewater and metallurgical penetrant flow, is proud to have our Kemess Selen-IX plant for selenium removal recognized with a 2022 award. Top Clean50 project Price per Delta Management Group.

Clean50 Top Projects rewards the best sustainable development projects carried out in Canada over the past two years and are recognized for their innovation, ability to inform and inspire other Canadians.

The Kemess processing plant is the first large-scale application of our Selen-IX technology and represents a sea change for the mining industry to control selenium. Specifically, it achieves end-of-pipe water quality regulations of less than 2 parts per billion for selenium without resorting to dilution, avoids the risks of acute and chronic toxicity that have been linked to the systems. existing processing facilities, allows for / or seasonal operations, and eliminates the long-term responsibilities associated with the management of selenium waste residues by producing a stable, non-toxic by-product that can be reused in steel production.

“We are very honored that our Kemess Selen-IX project has been selected for a Top Clean50 project Price “said David Kratochvil, President and CEO of BQE water. “Successful global decarbonization relies on environmentally friendly mining to supply important metals. Without a viable industrial solution for selenium, we may not meet carbon targets to offset climate change or we do so with great risks that harm the environment. Many new mining projects in Canada and globally have identified selenium as a contaminant of concern and Selen-IX will contribute to the sustainable extraction of metals worldwide. ‘

Gavin Pitchford, CEO of Delta Management Group, explains, “Delta’s criteria for determining project rewards are to carefully consider a combination of real measurable impact, demonstrated innovation, and the project’s ability to inspire others to emulate – and the factory. Kemess Selen-IX for selenium removal supplemented with BQE water is a great example.

Additional advantages of the plant over other treatment systems applied by the industry include the removal of selenium without transforming it into a more toxic form of selenium, the absence of introduction of new chemicals or contaminants into the The treated water, the ability to quickly adapt to feedwater flow rate and composition fluctuations and treatment efficiency is not affected by cold water temperatures.

Selenium is essential to all forms of life in trace amounts. Found naturally in the earth’s crust, it is released into water in large quantities by mining. Selenium becomes toxic with long-term chronic effects such as physical deformities and genetic mutations at low doses, bioaccumulation of selenium starting in invertebrates and fish and moving up the food chain. These concerns have led North American regulators to adopt selenium release limits ranging from 1 to 10 parts per billion.

On BQE water

BQE water is a service provider specializing in the treatment and management of water for the extraction, smelting and refining of metals. We are helping to transform the way the industry views water in the context of natural resource projects by offering services and expertise that enable more sustainable water management practices and improved overall project performance with reduced risks. BQE water invests in innovation and has developed unique intellectual property through the commercialization of several new technologies at mining sites around the world for organizations such as Glencore, Jiangxi copper, Freeport-McMoRan and the USA EPA.

On Delta Management Group / from Canada Clean50

Leading research company in the field of sustainability and clean technologies Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of the from Canada Clean50 price. The awards were created to identify, recognize and connect each year 50 sustainability leaders, 10 to 20 emerging leaders and the best projects from all industries in Canada. The company also hosts the Clean50 Summit annually, to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep human-caused climate impacts below 1.5 degrees.


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