How To Maximize Mining Slurry Pump Efficiency

Throughout mining processes, slurry pumps are critical in the effective transport of slurry across the plant. Their running costs are a significant component of the total lifecycle costs, estimated to be around 32%. Therefore, any failure to your slurry pump can bring your project to a grinding halt.

Although mining slurry pumps are imperative facets of mine sites, it is relatively common to find pumps operating inefficiently, or in ways that reduce the lifespan of the equipment. Improving the efficiency of your slurry pump not only requires the correct specification and selection of the pump but also a guarantee that they are operated correctly over the long term.

How to handle slurry in a demanding application

These pumps are required to transport large quantities of slurry, which is composed of minerals and particles suspended in fluid, to a mineral extraction process plant. Slurry pumps must therefore be able to handle the abrasive solids in the slurry, and in some instances, corrosive fluids.

Slurry pumps are usually operated 24/7, which can often result in reduced wear life of wetted components if they are not suitable for the specific application. Any failure of inefficiency in slurry pumping can have significant repercussions for the entire plant and project, which in turn affects the overall profitability of the mining operations.

To optimize the efficiency of your slurry pump, it is recommended to:

  • Specify and select the right pump and other equipment with your application in mind. 
  • Ensure the pump is operating at its best efficiency point (BEP) flow rate.
  • Regular monitoring and maintenance to prevent any unplanned outages, declining performance, or inefficiencies.