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Gold Mines Invests $100,000 To Monitor Environment

Gold Mines Invests $100,000 To Monitor Environment
Nitesh Nand with the new monitors at Vatukoula.Photo: Charles Chambers
April 29
11:46 2018

For the employees of Vatukoula Gold Mines Limited and their families who live there, the company has ensured that their environment is safer after a $100,000 investment in the latest monitoring technology.

The Aeroqual AQM 65, a stationary air quality monitoring machine, is shifted to four different locations around the mines area and described by VGML’s Environment/Lab Manager Nilesh Nand as state of the art.

The AQM 65 enables Near Reference performance for 3-5 times less cost than traditional reference stations built on analysers.

Compared with cheaper alternatives, the AQM 65 offers much higher levels of data quality and can be calibrated in the field against certified reference standards for maximum traceability. The AQM 65 is customised to measure the parameters according the ones, in this case VGML, application demands.

It could monitor pollutants ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter (TSP, PM10, PM2.5, PM1) and other special interest pollutants such as volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, meteorological parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, precipitation and solar radiation.

Together with the air quality, dust and noise are monitored by equipment because of the works carried out at the mines at the required levels under law.

The environment is monitored on a 24-hour basis where all data is constantly reviewed.

“The data collated every month is sent to the Ministry of Environment,” Mr Nand said.

He said checks were also done on tailings, the waste leftover after gold has been extracted from rocks, which is sent to the Toko Dam.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

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