Competing Against Ourselves: BrineRefine Ousts RO in a Mining Project

A full-scale, cost-optimized, targeted ion treatment plant ships to a USA mining client

September 21st, 2020

Targeting Specific Ions

We’re extremely proud of our essential workers—engineering, production, and supply chain—who are doing an exemplary job keeping our factory running safely and with minimal disruption during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their efforts, we are delighted to announce the shipping of a full-scale BrineRefine treatment plant to a mining client.


The BrineRefine plant is destined for a US mining site with a specific ion-of-concern problem. The client originally contacted us because of our ultra-high recovery reverse osmosis (RO) expertise, but we realized that a simpler, lower cost solution was a better fit for their treatment needs. Rather than treat all ions in the water as RO does, the BrineRefine plant targets specific ions-of-concern. The result is no RO-brine liquid waste to manage; instead, a very small mass of residuals is generated that can be easily handled on site. It also means lower capital and operating costs because the core problem is surgically targeted, as opposed to treating the entire flow.


This kind of targeted solution is not a fit for every project, but helps many operators to save considerable costs and fuss associated with brine management. Saltworks’ engineers are ready to run competitive assessments on all options and pilot test as needed, so that our customers can make informed decisions.

Photo of a Saltworks engineer inspecting a BrineRefine chemical reactor system used in the treatment of a specific ion of concern

A Saltworks engineer operating the full-scale BrineRefine plant

Photo of a BrineRefine chemical reactor system
BrineRefine plant on the Saltworks factory floor

Engineering for Automation and Resilience

Saltworks has always been focused on designing sophisticated systems with robust controls. In these challenging times of distancing and disruption, we know that system resilience and low-maintenance reliability have become even more important in wastewater treatment. The BrineRefine plant—like all our solutions—is highly automated, with minimal need for human intervention or downtime.


Our history of packaging entire plants in ISO-size frames also helps our customers minimize site work. They place the pre-tested plant blocks, connect them, and then start them up with our support. Everything needed is built-in and on site contractor work is minimized.

A photo of a full-scale chemical treatment plant wrapped for shipping
Packed for shipping: full-scale BrineRefine plant, frame 1 of 2

Reach Out to Us: We’re Ready to Engineer for Your Treatment Goals

Contact us to learn more about targeted, cost-effective treatment solutions with in-built automation. Are you a prospective or existing customer? Let us know if you are interested in a webinar, we would be delighted to discuss our wastewater treatment solutions with you and your team.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and lithium refining. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks’ team designs, builds, and operates full-scale plants, and offers comprehensive onsite and offsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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