eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant


Location: eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Client: Anglo American Thermal Coal/BHP Billiton
Capacity: 30,000m3l/day
Technology: Neutralisation, Reactor/Clarifiers and Multi-stage UF/RO, sludge dewatering
Operated and maintained by: Aveng Water to 2014 (under three year contract)

  • The eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant was commissioned in 2007, the plant was upgraded to treat an average of 30,000 m3l/day for Anglo American Thermal Coal/BHP Billiton
  • Aveng Water was also awarded the contract to increase the plant’s capacity further, to treat up to 50,000 m3l/ day. This plant expansion is due for commissioning in 2013.
  • This flagship plant is the first largest water treatment plant to successfully treat Acid Mine Drainage (AMD).
  • It is a recipient of several industry awards and demonstrating Aveng Water’s expertise in treating mine water at affordable rates to generate new water resources.
  • In line with Aveng Water’s focus on zero waste, pure gypsum sludge, which is a by-product of AMD treatment, is sold to the manufacturing industry for use as gypsum board and building materials.

Supplies drinkable Water to the eMalahleni Municipality

Aveng Water is currently expanding the eMalahleni Mine Water Reclamation Plant for Anglo American Thermal Coal, from a capacity of 30 Ml a day to 50 Ml a day.