KCC, together with the Company and KCC's 25% shareholder, DRC state-owned La Generale des Carrieres et des Mines ('Gecamines'), has been working with the DRC government's Ministry of Mines and the Congolese Atomic Energy Agency on a long-term technical solution in the form of an ion exchange plant
(the 'Ion Exchange Plant
The high purity water the boilers need is supplied by an ion exchange plant
installed in 1976.
Because short cycle operation means a smaller resin inventory than in a traditional ion exchange plant
, the capital cost is lower and the footprint smaller.
Traditional ion exchange plant
uses only about 50 per cent of the acid and caustic soda applied during regeneration.
The old Permutit deioniser produced water of 5[micro]S/cm, so Ford approached Vivendi Water Systems, who now own Permutit, with a view to purchasing a replacement ion exchange plant
that would meet the same quality criteria.
In fact, Ford was thinking of buying a new ion exchange plant
but, when plant & environmental engineer Peter Brown attended a Ford environmental conference held in Valencia, he was introduced to the advantages of reverse osmosis and CDI.
The plan also entails the operation of a new DFR NaK Disposal and Ion Exchange Plant