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Case Study: Platinum Mine

Case Details:

  • Sector: Mining
  • Purpose: Scale in Heat Exchangers of Cooling Towers
  • Installation: Cooling Tower System (UET – CT)
  • Customer: Platinum mining company

Comparing Treatment Systems

A platinum mining company in South Africa was using chemicals to treat hard water but found significant scale formation in the heat exchanger of one of its cooling towers after just one year of operation. They engaged UET to install their alternative treatment system in a similar cooling tower, in order to compare the efficiency of UET’s non-chemical treatment technology with chemically-treated water. After one year of operation, inspection of the two heat exchangers showed that UET’s technology kept the heat exchangers in one cooling tower clean and free of scale, and dramatically cleaner than the heat exchangers in the cooling tower treated by chemicals.

As a result of this experiment, the company installed UET systems in further cooling towers. They were able to reduce their consumption of expensive treated water, cut their maintenance and cleaning costs and associated down-time, and eliminate their use of hazardous chemicals and their associated costly logistics.

Platinum Mine

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