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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/51/S20.023

CAPTURING OF ACID DRAINAGE MINE WATER FROM THE BUNARDZIK WASTE DUMP IN FUNCTION TO INSTALLATION FOR LEACHING OF COPPER AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE BUCHIM COPPER MINE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

T. Serafimovski, G. Konzulov, G. Tasev, S. Sarafiloski
Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-08-9 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 51, 173-182 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/51/S20.023

ABSTRACT

Acid mine drainage waters around the Buchim Mine were challenge for researchers and Buchim company itself, but of highest interest it was for the environmentalists. In several phases Buchim Mine was solving the problem of pollution around the mine, whhen definitely this environmental problem was solved with the construction of the copper leaching facility. Large quantity of material deposited at the Buchim Mine waste dump of around 130 Mt today represents source of drainage copper solutions that are captured by pipe lines net and end up into the copper leaching facility. In this complex system was enclosed newly formed Bunardzik waste dump, where at the moment are deposited approximately 23 Mt of waste material with around 0.11-0.12% Cu. Actually from this waste dump are leaching 15 to 20 l/s of solution with more than 380 mg l-1 copper, which through two precipitators and net of pipes delivers the solution to the copper leaching facility. This drainage system during the periods of decreased rainfalls provides complete capture od drainage water from the newly formed Bunardzik waste dump and western parts of the old Bucim mine waste dump. Our study confirmed that along the Bucimski Potok there are not passing contaminated or polluted surface waters.

Keywords: Drainage system, waste dump, water capture, pollution, Buchim Mine.

PAPER DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/51/S20.023, CAPTURING OF ACID DRAINAGE MINE WATER FROM THE BUNARDZIK WASTE DUMP IN FUNCTION TO INSTALLATION FOR LEACHING OF COPPER AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE BUCHIM COPPER MINE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

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