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PASTE Seminar: BASF to Highlight Innovative Tailings Management Solutions

BASF is a major sponsor of the 18th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings (PASTE) from 5 to 7 May in Cairns, Queensland. Over 40 technical papers are expected to be delivered during the seminar with BASF experts presenting two papers in collaboration with key industry partners:

  • Tailings co-disposal – Art or science: BASF and Murray Zircon Pty Ltd will present a case study based on the findings from the Mindarie Mineral Sands Project in South Australia.
  • Chemical technology in cemented paste backfill: BASF and Newmont Mining will discuss the findings from their field work conducted at Newmont’s Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory.

A third BASF co-authored paper titled Polymer-modified tailings deposition, which focuses on testing and potential storage efficiency opportunities, will be presented by Golder Associates.

“BASF is proud to be at the forefront of addressing key industry issues, such as water return, land usage and site rehabilitation, ensuring that our customers’ operations run more efficiently – delivering real operational, economic and environmental benefits,” said Ian Flanagan, Global Market Manager Rheomax® and Tailings Management, BASF.

BASF will contribute to topics on thickening, underground and backfill, rheology, surface disposal during the seminar, as well as offer further insights into its Rheomax® ETD (Enhanced Tailings Disposal) technology.

Initiated in 1999, PASTE provides a valuable forum for international tailings and mine waste practitioners to explore, learn and share advances in paste and thickened tailings and, increasingly important, water conservation and environmental stewardship.

About BASF Water, Oilfield and Mining Solutions
BASF offers a wide range of solutions and products for the water, oilfield and mining industry. The product range of Global Water Solutions includes products used in the key processes of industrial and municipal water treatment. The business is a leading supplier of products to clarify the raw water used for the production of drinking water, to treat the waste water stream and industrial process water, to protect desalination plants, cooling towers and boilers. We are the leading provider of inge® ultrafiltration membrane technology. Within our Global Oilfield Solutions business, we help the oilfield service industry make efficient formulations. Our portfolio comprises products for the drilling and completion of oil wells as well as chemicals for continuous and cost efficient production of valuable oil and gas resources. We develop next generation of surfactants and polymers designed to support enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations by means of chemical injection. Mining Solutions offer an extensive range of mineral processing reagents. Our strengths are in solid/liquid separation and solvent extraction; we also offer reagents for flotation, dispersing, agglomerating and others. Further information can be found at:

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


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