In one of the most interesting interviews I’ve had the chance to take part in all year, I spoke with JP Fortin, Vice President & General Manager of OSD Slurry Pipelines.
If you haven’t yet had the chance to sit down and learn about slurry and slurry pipelines, it’s fascinating technology. What I learned from JP, is that Slurry, a liquefied mixture of essentially any mineral(iron, coal, metals, etc.) is transported long distances through a specialized pipe. This offers resource companies an edge in reducing transportation costs for moving heavy products such as iron.
In an ideal circumstance, a mining project situated hundreds of kilometers away from a shipping port, can create a slurry pipeline from the mine to the port—and arrange the slurry to be processed and loaded directly onto shipping vessels. An example of this type of project coming together is Oceanic Iron Ore Corp.’s Hopes Advance project(video animation).
Outside of the basics of this technology, JP shared additional facts and history of the slurry pipeline business, along with his expectations of how the industry will mature in the decades ahead.
It’s a relatively young technology he explained, ”with the first slurry pipeline designed and implemented in the mid-60s”. There are only, “10,000 kilometers of existing slurry pipelines around the world,” he said, and in a climate of rising transportation costs, “slurry pipelines may be entering a period of renaissance”.
This interview is a must-listen for avid followers of and investors in technology, mining, & engineering businesses.
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