Miners urged to think pipe-work infrastructure sustainability

Polypipe, the UK’s largest and most innovative manufacturer of plastic piping systems has urged miners to have thorough pipe-work infrastructure in place to drive sustainability forward and preserve the environment.

This comes at the backdrop that by 2030, water demand is expected to exceed supply in Africa by 17 percent, according to a recent report released by the World Wildlife Fund.

To address this issue, Polypipe, the UK’s largest and most innovative manufacturer of plastic piping systems, has released a whitepaper titled ‘Water Management in Mining’.

The whitepaper highlights the need for businesses to have a thorough pipework infrastructure in place in order to drive sustainability forward and preserve the environment.

It also details out the differences between pressurised systems vs. HDPE gravity systems and the benefits of the use of plastic pipework systems.

 “The current global demand for water is at the level of 4,500 billion m³ a year and is expected to rise to 6,900 billion m³ by 2030.

“With this in mind, we felt there was no better time to launch our whitepaper to directly address the issues mining businesses face when it comes to water management, but more importantly, what actions businesses need to take,” said Phillip Wood, International Business Development Manager at Polypipe.

With a presence in more than 100 countries Polypipe has an international track record in delivering efficient and effective water management solutions to high-profile projects.

According to the company, its water management solutions address many of the issues faced by mine operators – from transporting the pipes to remote sites easily and safely, to resisting degradation from the chemicals used in mineral extraction.

Polypipe’s product solutions for water management in mining applications have already been used in some of the toughest environments, including the PE100 system.

The PE100 system is a piping system manufactured from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It’s an ideal solution for a number of mining applications, including water delivery and distribution, processing, water treatment, as well as de-watering and storage.

Due to its light weight, the carbon footprint from transportation is considerably smaller and consignments can be maximised, meaning that considerably more meterage can be loaded into one shipping container.

In fact, in terms of total life cycle, it has been said that plastics can be considered as one of the most energy-efficient materials.

“At Polypipe, we understand the challenges faced by the mining industry and that water is a precious resource and of growing importance to mine operators worldwide.

“We believe our innovative infrastructure systems directly address the challenges that the industry faces and help deal with the pressures placed on urban environments and natural resources,” said Wood.


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