Senior Engineer (Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa)

May 20, 2022Careers

Job Description The Senior Engineer is involved in the design of slurry pump and pipeline systems, mine backfill systems, and related equipment and processes in the mining industry, ranging from concept development through to detailed design and commissioning and will have previously completed at least eight years of relevant engineering work experience. Tasks: Design of … Read More

Tailings and Pipeline Project Engineer (Calgary, Alberta)

April 21, 2022Careers

Job Description Paterson & Cooke is looking for an engineer with 5 to 10 years’ experience to support project and study execution in our Calgary office. The role will include technical engineering on various mineral processing, tailings and slurry pipeline projects in the mining and resources industry. The work will involve travel to mine sites, … Read More

Senior Project Engineer (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)

March 17, 2022Careers

Job Description The successful candidate will be a Senior Engineer with 10+ years of experience working in an engineering and project management capacity. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the mining/industrial industry. The Senior Project Engineer will have an extensive background in both engineering and project management. Candidates should be comfortable working … Read More

Project Engineer (Madrid, Spain)

March 1, 2022Careers

Job Description Paterson & Cooke Iberia is seeking a Project Engineer to join their team in a full-time position at the newly established office in Madrid, Spain. The successful candidate will be a Project Engineer with a minimum of three years of experience working in an engineering consultancy, industrial plant and/or mine site environment. The … Read More

Tailings In-line Flocculation

May 12, 2021Tech Topics

In-line flocculation is becoming increasingly more common in tailings dewatering. In fine tailings storage facilities, problematic clay mineral particles may not settle effectively and additional processes are required to promote dewatering. One process is to use polymer flocculation. A polymer solution is generally used to collect particles into larger groupings so they can be more … Read More

Holistic Approach to Improve the Performance of Tailings Disposal Systems with Variable Clay Mineralogy

April 8, 2021Tech Topics

This article presents the importance of a holistic approach to improve the performance of mine waste disposal systems treating ores with a variable mineralogy. Mine tailings that contain clay minerals such as iIlite, kaolinite and/or smectites are particularly difficult to dewater using thickeners. Small variations in mineralogy result in significant variability in thickener underflow densities … Read More

Paste Fill Plant Capacity: How Big is Big Enough?

February 17, 2021News, Tech Topics

Are you planning to install a new paste fill system at your mine? Or maybe your ore reserves have increased and mining production is scheduled to be ramped up going forward. It is vital that any mine considering implementing a new paste plant or increasing mining production rates should be comfortable that the capacity of … Read More

Is There a Place for the Slump Test in the Modern Pastefill Plant?

January 12, 2021Tech Topics

The ASTM slump test has been the backbone of the pastefill plant quality control program since it was adopted from the concrete industry in the early days of pastefill system development. It is a simple test that provides a quick evaluation of the consistency of the paste. This consistency is related to the ability of … Read More

Slack Flow – To Be or Not To Be

October 29, 2020Tech Topics

I was working with my P&C teammates on a brownfields tailings project where the owner was planning to construct a new tailings storage facility (TSF). The new TSF was adjacent to the existing TSF and the tailings pipeline was planned to run along the crest of the existing TSF and then drop down to the … Read More

Backfill – Key Properties

September 29, 2020Tech Topics

When designing an underground mine, one of the key decisions is whether to backfill the voids left by mining. The backfilling decision is generally influenced by a range of factors which commonly include: Environmental constraints Surface disposal limitations Management of surface subsidence Promotion of mine stability Reducing the volume of waste hauled to surface Enabling … Read More