VANCOUVER: BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. has initiated a third water treatment project in joint venture with Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC) in China.
BioteQ, a Vancouver-based developer and manufacturer of industrial wastewater technologies, said the project located at the Dexing Mine involves recovering nickel and cobalt using a modification of conventional ion-exchange technology it has developed.
The new plant will be in addition to BioteQ’s existing ChemSulphide plant at the site, which is recovering copper from mine wastewater.
The joint venture partners have agreed to advance the project evaluation with a design report that will draw data from a pilot plant currently in operation at the site. BioteQ commissioned the pilot plant in February and JCC is responsible for its operation.
BioteQ said the pilot plant campaign and design report will take approximately three months to complete. Preliminary estimates indicate the project will require about $2 million in capital, to be shared equally by the joint venture partners.
BioteQ has built nine plants at sites in Canada, the US, China, Australia and Mexico, with additional projects in design and construction.