Polypipe investing in the future of mining

Wednesday 18th April 2018
Water management in mining



Productivity is one of the biggest challenges that mining companies face, and unexpected downtime can easily cost a mining company over £1 million per day.  Rewind 50 years ago and there were two major contributors to the decline in the mining industry’s productivity; high capital spending and high operating expenses.  However, this is still a prevalent issue in the industry, and it presents mining company leaders with many difficult choices such as whether a mine should reduce their workforce, increase capital spending to improve equipment, or increase output at all costs.


With this in mind, I believe mining companies need to think about how they can improve productivity in the long run. One way in which this can done is by investing in gravity-fed pipelines, where possible, rather than pressure pipes.  HDPE twin-wall pipes can be used for non-pressurised surface and subsurface drainage, leachate collection and storm water drainage. A HDPE twin-wall pipeline is an effective solution due to its smooth internal bore and low resistance to flow and are generally self-cleansing, offering greater resistance to scaling than traditional materials. 


The use of HDPE twin wall pipes helps to reduce manufacturing footprint upon the environment, freight costs and on-site handling. It also provides a lightweight option to reduce transport time and installation costs and has a longevity of more than 60 years, offering long-term performance along with client and contractor peace of mind. All of these benefits play a large part in improving productivity for a mine owner.


Productivity improvement is challenging but by making simple decisions regarding pipeline choices, mining companies can ensure a higher performance in the future.  To find out more about Polypipe and its thoughts on water management in mining, download the whitepaper here: http://www.international.polypipe.com/harnessyourh20


Polypipe is one of Europe's largest manufacturers of piping systems, water management solutions and energy-efficient ventilation systems, delivering engineered solutions spanning the residential, commercial, civils and infrastructure, and public non-housing sectors in the UK and selected markets across the globe.

For enquiries, please contact Rave Communications

Kate Sheehy, +44 (0) 1675 467 462, ksheehy@rave-communications.com



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