Slurry Pipelines: Implementation, Monitoring, and Safety Event Recap

The YPAC Toronto Chapter 2021 kicked off the year with an event on April 27th. In this event, an overview of Long-Distance Slurry Pipelines is discussed by leading industry expert Dr. Robert Cooke.  We had about 140 attendees joining in from all around the world: from India and Bangladesh to Morocco, Nigeria, Germany, Peru, Chile, and Brazil. It was a real joy to see such a diverse audience.

Long-Distance Slurry Pipelines are proven as a cost effective and widely accepted method and a viable alternative to conventional bulk transport of minerals (e.g., ore, concentrate, and tailings for mining projects). In Canada’s oil sand extraction sector, about 1 million tonnes of mined solids are transported each day by such pipelines that are 2 to 10 km in length. The success of a long-distance slurry pipeline does not just depend on minimizing operating costs, but also involves responsible and reliable design practices and prioritizing environmental safety.

In this webinar, our speaker Dr. Robert Cooke, Director of Paterson & Cooke’s Golden, who has extensive international experience in this field provides an overview of the state-of-the-art long-distance slurry pipeline technology, historical development and implementation of long-distance slurry pipeline transportation systems in the United States, pipeline safety history and describes several case studies. The presentation concludes with key considerations for implementing a long-distance slurry pipeline system.