CiDRA Minerals Processing Inc. announced the successful commissioning of
the SONARtrac system on a dewatering line 302m underground. Industrias
Peñoles, Mexico’s second largest silver and lead producer, selected
CiDRAs SONARtrac system for their Naica Mine, a lead, zinc and
silver mine located in the municipality of Saucillo.
CiDRA and Techflow, CiDRAs Mexican representatives, successfully
installed the system overcoming several challenges beyond the depth of
302m. Those challenges included dealing with scaling in the line,
difficult flow rates, water temp of 60C, as well as the large meter size
(24 inch) needed to accommodate the line. These challenges would make it
impossible for other conventional flow meters to be installed, and the
reason the SONARtrac system was chosen. The company has now
purchased three more SONARtrac systems for additional use on
their process water lines.
The Naica mine is 100% owned by Peñoles, and is located in Saucillo,
Chihuahua. The mines installed capacity is 950 thousand tons/year
milled, with reserves at +89.6%. Peñoles has owned extraction rights to
this mine since 1964, and the mine is currently the second largest lead
mine in Mexico. In 2011, production of lead and zinc contents totaled
15,495 tons (+2.4%) and 13,048 tons (+17.3%) due to better ore grades
and recoveries, helping Naica contribute 24.8% and 7.2% of total
production on those metal contents respectively.
CiDRA’s SONARtrac flow technology is a new class of industrial
flowmeter, utilizing measurement principles that are distinct from all
other flowmeter technologies operating in the mining industry. SONARtrac
non-intrusive flow monitoring systems do not make contact with the
fluid and can be removed and reinstalled without process interruption
when it is necessary to replace the pipe. As well, SONARtrac systems
demonstrate a very stable output in the presence of a variety of ores
and demonstrate superior levels of performance. This passive,
sonar-based technology enables measurements of single phase and
multiphase fluids, as well as slurries, with the same level of accuracy
Please visit CiDRA at Booth # 3355 at the MINExpo show to be held in Las
Vegas on September 24-26, 2012.
Additional information about CiDRA can be found at www.cidra.com.
SONARtrac is a registered trademark of CiDRA.