Chile’s Mining Industry focuses on Recycled Water

With the global demand for copper and other critical minerals increasing, water supply in Chile’s mining industry has become a crucial issue. The adoption of water recycling technologies and desalination has been established as an essential solution to ensure the sustainability of an industry vital to both the country’s economy and the production of metals for the global energy transition.

Cubility’s partner and distributor in Chile, iHydroChile, is diligently implementing our PureCube technology to enhance water recycling from tailings and wastewater. There is a growing interest in this unique solids/liquid separating system, with its compact and high-capacity enclosed design being rapidly adopted across various industrial sectors worldwide. Our clients have expressed great satisfaction with the technology’s combination of high-frequency vibrations and high air flow through a rotating filter belt, resulting in unparalleled solids/liquid separation efficiency.

According to iHydroChile, an increasing number of mining companies in Chile now recycle the water used in their industrial processes, demonstrating the mining industry’s strong commitment to sustainable operations. Several mining companies aim to achieve zero consumption of continental water within the next 10 years. These goals are part of a water transition strategy that will facilitate the development of green mining, focusing on the sustainable use of water and the utilization of renewable energy sources for water production and transportation processes.

We wish iHydroChile success in their endeavours over the coming months and look forward to reporting exciting news from Chile’s mining industry!

Cubility formalizes its Strategic Partnership with iHydroChile Spa to Advance Sustainability in the Chilean Mining Sector

Cubility introduces the PureCube® to the mining industry, a solution designed to revolutionize resource recovery and waste management.

Cubility, leader in innovative separation technologies, is pleased to announce that after 2 years of continuous collaboration and market analysis, we have formalized a strategic partnership with iHydroChile Spa. This collaboration positions iHydroChile Spa as the official distributor of Cubility’s cutting-edge solutions in the Chilean mining sector, marking a significant step towards sustainable mining practices.

Norwegian-based Cubility has distinguished itself in the oil and gas industry by offering advanced equipment for efficient solids separation. Expanding its reach, Cubility introduces the PureCube® to the mining industry, a solution designed to revolutionize resource recovery and waste management.

iHydroChile Spa, with its six-year track record in the mining sector, aligns perfectly with Cubility’s mission. Together, they aim to implement transformative and sustainable technologies, emphasizing water recovery and environmental preservation.

The PureCube® system embodies innovation with its unique separation process, promising significant efficiency gains in water recovery and waste reduction. This partnership is poised to deliver unparalleled quality and service, reinforcing both companies’ commitment to sustainability in the Chilean mining industry.

“We are confident that our reinforced partnership with Cubility will provide our customers with outstanding quality and service, thereby improving water recovery, facilitating dry stackings, and offering other advantages derived from their mining tailings,” stated Felipe Venegas, General Manager of iHydroChile Spa.

For more information about iHydroChile Spa and the transformative PureCube technology, please visit iHydroChile at https://www.ihydrochile.com/ and Cubility at https://cubility.com/.

Media Contact:

iHydroChile Spa: Milenko Goic´ Bordoli, Commerial Manager, mgoic@ihydrochile.com +56 9 8419 7405

Cubility: Henrik J Steffens, Business Development Engineer, hjs@cubility.com +47 48 29 00 92

Seminar i Santiago with Norwegian Tunneling Network

Cubilitys, Henrik J. Steffens  were on of the speakers when  Norwegian Tunnelling Network (NTN) held a technical seminar in Santiago de Chile to meet authorities, stakeholders, and the Chilean tunnel industry, to discuss projects, methods, technology and latest experiences from Norway and Chile. The activities were planned and carried out in cooperation with Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Embassy in this High Potential Opportunity (HPO) program. Fieldtrips were also conducted to the impressive new Metro projects under construction, and visit to Codelco and the El Teniente, the world’s biggest underground copper mine. 
 
We have received great feedbacks from the tunnelling community in Chile concerning the #PureCube product together with other technologies from Norway. Thanks to the excellent planning from the NTN project team including Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Embassy in Santiago. And we would like to give a special thanks to the Chilean Tunnelling Committee (CTES).

The Chilean tunnelling industry – visit to Cubility in Norway

The Chileas Tunneling committe visitit Norway to learn more about the Norwegian way of working.

The Chilean Tunnelling Committee (CTES), including public clients and officials, visited Norway to learn more about the Norwegian Way of Working. This project was arranged by Norwegian Tunnelling Network (NTN) in collaboration with Innovation Norway, which have started a High Potential Opportunities (HPO) Project. This is a new demand-driven export program, where the entire Norwegian support apparatus contribute to increase Norwegian exports by starting a long-term cooperation with authorities, universities, and the tunnelling industry, in Chile.

The Tunnelling & Mining Seminar was held at Cubility’s facilities in Sandnes, where the innovative PureCube solid/liquid separation system is manufactured. Based on Cubility’s experience from operations within oil and gas drilling, the PureCube is now introduced to the tunnelling and general market for separation of solids from liquids. The PureCube being a microvibration enhanced continuous vacuum belt filter which is applicable in many industry segments.

Innovation Norway was also present at this event, and with several speakers presenting the latest technological advancements, with active follow-up discussions. The technical visit initiated at the Cubility test centre, where Cubility engineers held a very interesting presentation. Following this the seminar was held. Here Cubility AS, NGI, Emerald Geomodelling AS and Protan AS told us more about methods and technologies in tunnelling and mining. Trafsys AS told us more about road tunnel operations and how to deal with tunnel safety.

Present on this visit from Chile, we had experts from both SINTEF and Incitu AS, representing hands on knowledge and experience from tunnelling and mining in Chile/Norway. An important contribution to the program, giving us insight to challenges ahead whenever innovation is implemented in a new culture.

The largest iron producer in Chile, Compañía Minera del Pacífico, is the main producer of iron are on the American Pacific coast. They gave us an insight in the main operations in the Atacama and Coquimbo regions but introduce us also to their main goals for sustainability and growth. A very high focus on safety, cost efficiency and sustainability in their future projects.

The project management from El Teniente (Codelco), the largest underground copper deposit on the planet, gave us an introduction to this mega project. The mining started in 1905 and contains of more than 4,500 kilometers of underground galleries. An increased use of tunnels are under planning, and there are set ambitious goals for cost efficiency, health, safety and environment, but also new requirements for sustainability in their operations.

Later on in Stavanger, we had a closer look at the construction of the longest (26,5 km) and deepest (390 m) subsea tunnel in the world, E39 Rogfast. The project management (The Public Road Administration), taught us more about planning and constructing complex subsea tunnels. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) introduced us to challenges and opportunities in planning fjord crossings and implementing subsea tunnels. Later the same day we had a closer look at the recently opened world longest subsea tunnel, Ryfylke tunnel (14,4 km/290 m).