IBC Water has had a long standing partnership with Sibelco’s Silica Sand manufacturing plant on North Stradbroke Island. The plant is a floating Concentrator Vessel which is 60m long by 40m wide designed specifically for sand mining.
The Concentrator processes 3,000 tons of sand a day to extract the zircon which goes towards manufacturing paints, toothpaste, sunscreen, ceramic tiles, touch phones and digital tablets.
Originally IBC Water installed an activated carbon and sand filter system to treat bore water as it was pumped from the pond to the Concentrator for general consumption and washing purposes.
However, over time various factors such as pond water chloroforms, general wear and tear and age saw a deterioration in the end water product. This lead to Sibelco having to purchase and transport water onto the island at sizeable costs.
In late 2012, Sibelco again approached IBC Water to discuss how to best upgrade their water system. Bob Bell, the plants Operations Superintendent, brief was to design and install a system to meet OH & S regulations and the needs of the Concentrator’s crews without environmental impacts to North Stradbroke Island.