Contributing to Circular Economy In New Caledonia : Nickel Slag
High frequency screening technology aids in the processing and reuse of significant amounts of nickel slag, contributing to New Caledonia's circular economy.
New Caledonia, which is located in the South Pacific around 1200 kilometers east of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, is best known as a tropical vacation spot. The nickel mining industry, however, has been the engine of the French island territory's economy since the middle of the 19th century.
A recent project involving Astec, a leading equipment supplier within Australia and Salmon NC sees the two companies recycling nickel slag for Société Le Nickel (SLN), which operates one of the world's largest nickel refineries, located within Doniambo, Noumea on New Caledonia's east coast.
Nickel slag is a sand-like material that is a by-product of nickel refining. In New Caledonia, there are growing stockpiles of this material, leading SLN to seek environmentally conscious ways to repurpose it. Chris Salmon, CEO of Salmon NC contacted Astec to explore reprocessing options.
Additional uses for nickel slag include granular foundation and embankment materials, aggregate substitutes in hot mix asphalt, mine backfill materials, railway ballast materials, grit blast abrasives, roofing granule material, and in the production of blended cements.