Geotextile Tubes for Sale
Dewatering Mining Solutions
At GEI Works, we understand the importance of dewatering and providing solutions that work. Our Geotextile Dewatering Tubes are designed for dependable performance in dewatering mining tailings and mineral processing. The geotextile tubes are well made, durable, and are available in custom or standard sizes to suit your mine dewatering and mineral processing needs.
Why Dewatering Mining Ponds & Tailings Makes Good Sense
Utilizing Geotextile Tubes for dewatering mining operations is cost effective, space saving, and beneficial. There are numerous benefits showing the importance of dewatering, including:
- Geotextile Tubes by GEI works are a much lower capital expense and are a more flexible option over that of traditional engineered impoundment storage facilities used in mineral processing and mining operations.
- Mine dewatering can help keep you in compliance. Geotextile dewatering tubes work in concert with your other processes to help keep your mining site in compliance, as an effective means of filtering out potential environmental hazards from the waste water produced in the mining process.
- With this dewatering method, our geotextile tubes provide greater flexibility in managing the storage space needed to maintain uninterrupted mining operations.
- Can be designed to fit available space and specific requirements
- Can be scaled to match production needs
- Once full and the solids are dry, the tubes can be removed and relocated, even stacked for long term storage
- Contained neatly within the geotextile tube, additional processing or salvage operations for mining tailings is convenient.
- Mine dewatering processes can also support water resource management efforts. Effluent (clear water) that is produced from dewatering mine trailings can be captured and reused again and again in the mining process.
- After dewatering, mining trailings are automatically packaged up neatly within the geotextile tubes, the tubes can be stored safely on-site, transported to landfills, or placed strategically to provide structure and support for dams, dykes, or sloped terrain.
Set-up and Operation of Geotextile Tubes for Mine Dewatering
Step 1: Identify the best location for your GEI Works Geotextile Tube. Consider the lay of the land, and settle on a relatively flat area, as tubes placed on inclines can be unstable and risk damage to personnel and equipment. If planning to relocate the tube once filled, plan up front for how you'll access the geotextile dewatering tube for loading and transportation.
Step 2: Install the Geotextile Dewatering Tubes, following specifications and GEI Works Installation Instructions (PDF).
- Note: Should you need on-site assistance, we have a mobile team that's available world-wide to assist in the installation of our Geotextile Dewatering Tubes for mine dewatering.
Step 3: Place the polymers or flocculants in the tube and fill it by pumping the sediment filled water to the tube. (Polymers/flocculants help the suspended solids coagulate and more quickly separate from the water.)
Step 4: The dewatering process will start immediately once the process water enters the tube, with clear water (effluent) seeping through the pours of the geotextile tube's fabric. Further add to your job site efficiency by capturing the effluent and reusing it in the mining process. We recommend using a secondary containment berm by GEI Works to conveniently capture the clear water for reuse.
Step 5: Monitor the tube periodically to prevent overfilling. Once the geotextile tube has reached capacity, it should be disconnected, with mining dewatering operations moving to the next tube. The full tube should be left in place until fully drained and the solids are dry.
Contact GEI Works for Assistance with Mine Dewatering Planning & Products
For assistance with specifications, product options, custom solutions, dewatering methods, or pricing for dewatering mining tailings and mineral processing operations, please contact us! We're here to help.