Queensland mining-equipment company Sorterra is looking to take its revolutionary water-saving technology to new users in the Indian market.

Brisbane-based Sorterra has developed new ‘dry sorting’ technology that is transforming the traditionally water-hungry process of separating contaminants from ore during mineral processing.

As well as improving the environmental performance of mines by slashing water use, the patented DryScan technology reduces processing costs and waste volumes.

DryScan combines an optical scanner based on laser technology with processing algorithms to classify all particles as either ore or waste, and then separates the two using pneumatic guns.

Visiting the Sorterra pilot plant at Burpengary East recently, TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said TIQ was helping Sorterra build business relationships in India to further its export ambitions.

‘Mineral processing normally involves extensive use of water, which poses challenges for remote mining sites and requires tailings dams,’ Mr Martyn said.

‘Sorterra’s dry technology has the potential to dramatically improve the environmental performance of mines around the world.

‘Sorterra executives recently joined us on a TIQ mission to India for Queensland mining equipment, technology and services companies, where there was a lot of interest in their product.

‘Sorterra is also participating in a TIQ mentoring program, where an expert from India’s minerals sector is guiding them to develop a market entry strategy.’

Mr Martyn said Sorterra had already trialled a full scale 200 tonne per hour pilot processing plant at an Australian mine site, and completed implementation of the technology into containerised modules that would allow rapid deployment of DryScan at a low capital cost.

The mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector is identified as an emerging export strength for Queensland in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re a Queensland METS company interested in exporting your product, connect with TIQ today.