Holders of Patent Technology for Acid Mine Water Treatment

Micronised Mineral Solutions Pty Ltd (MMS) a mineral earths company focused on offering high quality mineral products and whole of service in informed, economic and innovative ways.  MMS has developed a specialised capability in the application of calcium derivatives to decontaminate acid water produced on mine sites, restore pH balance to soils and treatment of acid sulphate soils in the agricultural and civil/industrial sectors.

MMS provides a complete service vertically integrated from mine to product to meet client requirements and provides flexible lower cost options for dealing with environmental issues

Established in Darwin in 2007 to service the Mining, Oil&Gas, Civil and Agricultural sectors throughout Northern Australia with a comprehensive suite of industrial minerals.

Vision : Our vision is  Environmental Transformation

Our passion for Environmental Transformation drives us to design and manufacture the best products and implement solutions with innovative technology using earth minerals.

What we do

Micronised Mineral Solutions (MMS) has a history of innovation in the supply of industrial minerals to the Oil, Gas, Mining and Agriculture sectors. MMS has developed a specialised capability to decontaminate acid mine drainage produced on mine sites, restore pH balance to soils and treatment of acid sulphate soils in farming, civil and industrial sectors.

We have identified challenges faced by the Mining, Agriculture and Civil sectors and developed solutions using a range of our high quality mineral products. 

MINING SECTOR

Challenges faced by Mine sites

Worldwide, mining companies find acid mine water storage incurs significant costs, loss of time and the potential for environmental disasters and risk to worker safety. 

Acid mine water storage is a significant issue for all mine sites. The major issue facing the long-term storage of acid water is the environmental risks of accidental discharge of untreated mine water into the environment. The heavily polluted and acidic water will cause major environmental issues and result in multi-million / billion dollar clean-up bills as noted in the highly publicised acid mine spill in South America (clean-up bill is in the range of AUD 10 billion). 

Current solutions to decontamination of acid mine water are labour intensive and use highly dangerous and expensive compounds. 

 

Our Solution for Mining sector

Micronised Minerals has developed an innovative process to decontaminate acid mine drainage and acid mine water, enabling its safe discharge into the environment, ensuring water quality is within the Australian Water Quality Guidelines for Fresh & Marine Waters (ANZSECC).

This process reduces both mine operational costs and risk of an environmental disaster through accidental discharge. 

This decontamination process is a combination of a patented shear mixing device which enables the efficient blending of acidic mine water and a proprietary compound called "MMS ENVIRO CATALYST". The MMS decontamination process actively reduces the heavy metal content and acidity within stored mine water.

Unlike all other decontamination processes, MMS uniquely uses the mine pit's in-situ water to carry the reagent to all corners of the pond through the use of its patented shear mixing device. The process also allows high volume, high flow rate and continuous treatment. Competitor products require the use of fresh water sources for similar outcomes and generally require batch treatment processes.

Our proprietary compound MMS Enviro Cat, has been specially formulated to work within this shear mixing system and its composition significantly reduces materials handling costs, health and safety risks compared with similar processes used by competitors.

We can tailor the environmental chemistry, blend reagents and fabricate the equipment to treat each mine site's unique requirements.

In addition, MMS supplies high quality Quicklime, Hydrated Lime and Calcium Carbonate to the mining industry to treat run-off and process waters from coal mining, metal mining and non-metal mines.

AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Challenges faced by Agriculture sector

The change in the world's climatic conditions has indicated access to healthy soils for food production will become a necessity for our growers. There is a renewed international focus on soil management due to the increasing concerns of the implications of current trends in soil conditions. In Northern Australia soil acidification is recognised as a significant threat to the sustainability of fruit and crop growing.

 

Our Solution for Agriculture sector

Micronised Minerals has a range of agriculture minerals specially processed and formulated to maximise Effective Neutralisation Value (ENV) creating a balance agent for low pH in tropical acid soils. 

We supply high quality agricultural minerals to the tropical fruit and vegetable growers and broad acre farms. Our minerals are used to reduce the acidity of soil, restore pH balance and provide balance to the soil structure. Our wide range of agriculture products are used by Northern Territory agriculture industry in the Darwin and Katherine regions as soil treatments for fruit and crop production.

We supply high quality agricultural minerals, Calcium Carbonate, Gypsum, Dolomite, Bentonite and customised blends to the tropical fruit and vegetable growers and broad acre farms in Northern Territory. Our minerals are used to reduce the acidity of soil, restore pH balance and provide balance to the soil structure.

CIVIL  SECTOR

Challenges faced by Civil / Industrial sector

Acid sulphate soils (ASS) are naturally occurring soils containing elevated levels of metal sulfide minerals. Potential acid sulphate soils become actual acid sulfate soils when the water table is lowered, allowing air to enter the soil, or the soil is excavated and exposed to the air which produces sulfuric acid resulting in long term adverse impacts on both the natural environment and engineering works.

Throughout Northern Australia many building and road construction activities may disturb ASS with the stripping of topsoil, excavation for table drains, subsurface drains, culverts and sediment retention basins. Disturbed or exposed ASS can be neutralised by the addition of an alkaline material, usually lime.

Northern Territory companies are at the disadvantage of the nearest hydrated lime producer being located 200 kms. from our region and road transport costs deemed uneconomic due to hydrated lime's low bulk density. Current treatment programs are substituting lime with cement which does not provide the correct chemistry for treatment of high clay acid soils.  

 

Our Solution for Civil / Industrial sector

Micronised Minerals are specialists in the manufacture and supply of lime reagents for treatment of acidic soils and/or substrate stabilisation. Our minerals are used by the civil and industrial sectors for the treatment of acid sulphate soils in the construction industry, road construction stabilisation and mangrove soil treatment projects.

Our minerals are used by the civil and industrial sectors for the treatment of acid sulphate soils in the construction industry, road construction stabilisation and mangrove soil treatment projects.

OIL & GAS  SECTOR

Barite is used by the petroleum industry as a weighting material in formulation of "Drilling Mud".

 

MMS mines and manufactures Barite, a high purity Barium Sulphate (BaSO4) product that is ground to a very fine grain size. MMS sources Barite from its own quarry south of Darwin and utilises its advanced manufacturing facility to enable the efficient delivery of fine ground Barite to API standards and delivery options including bulker bag and bulk tanker to customers' silos. 

Office Address

10 Campion Road East Arm

Northern Territory 0828

Postal Address

PO Box 1140 Palmerston NT

AUSTRALIA 0831

Telephone

+61 8 8947 1872 / 8947 3264

Opening Hours 

Monday-Friday  8:00 - 16:00  

Saturday & Sunday closed

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