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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: North America: July 22nd 2008


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:: BioteQ Commences Water Treatment Operations at Raglan and Expands Commercial Contract with Xstrata Nickel

BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc., has announced that it has commenced water treatment operations for the 2008 season at its Raglan plant, located in northern Quebec at Xstrata Nickelís Raglan Mine. In addition, BioteQ has been contracted by Xstrata Nickel to assume operating responsibility for the Spoon water treatment plant, a lime based plant also located at the Raglan Mine, on a fee basis. BioteQ and Xstrata are also exploring fee-based alternatives for future expansion of water treatment services at the Raglan site.

This will be the plantís fourth year of operation at the Raglan Mine site owned by Xstrata Nickel. Xstrata is strongly committed to good environmental management practices, and has chosen to work with BioteQ to apply innovative water treatment technologies which produce clean water to meet stringent water quality criteria. The plant is owned and operated by BioteQ, using the Companyís unique ChemSulphide® process, and is ISO 14001 certified for environmental compliance. Plant operations for 2008 are anticipated to be similar to 2007.

BioteQ has been contracted by Xstrata Nickel to assume operating responsibility for the Spoon water treatment plant which was built and commissioned by a third party last year. BioteQ will provide operating staff and consumables on a cost-plus fee basis. The contract is subject to renewal after one year. Concurrently, BioteQ will be investigating the use of a novel ion exchange technology, developed in-house, in conjunction with the existing ChemSulphide® technology, for potential longer term use at the Raglan site to meet future water treatment needs. BioteQ will conduct a pilot study at the site on a fixed fee basis.




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