SAFI offers a wide range of manual and actuated valves, strainers and fluid control products for applications in the mining industry.

Applications in the mining industry sector require products that resist very high levels of chemical aggression, strong abrasion and significant mechanical shocks.

SAFI is used by many actors in the mining sector such as ANGLO AMERICAN, ERAMET, RIO TINTO, CODELCO, AREVA, OFFICE CHÉRIFIEN DES PHOSPHATES, MAADEN, SNC LAVALIN, BHP BILLITON, IMPALA PLATS, and SIBANYE GOLD who have trusted SAFI for decades considering the SAFI product range suitable for their mining processes.

The SAFI product range is suitable for the mining industry in the following applications :

Mines :

  • Copper mines
  • Zinc mines
  • Nickel mines
  • Uranium mines
  • Phosphate mines
  • Potassium mines
  • Gold mines
  • Rare earths

Processes :

  • Heap leaching
  • ISL
  • Solvent extraction
  • Electrowinning

(Non-exhaustive list)

Focus application : hydro-metallurgical process of copper

The hydro-metallurgical process of copper extraction uses sulfuric acid in large quantities to dissolve the copper ore on the leaching heaps. SAFI has a long experience in the supply of products and solutions suitable to the hydro-metallurgical and in particular for the transport of sulfuric acid on heap leaching.

The thermoplastic SAFI valves provide an excellent solution for the storage and transport of sulfuric acid in the mining sector due to their resistance to the chemical attack of sulfuric acid, their large dimensions and their excellent abrasion resistance when sulfuric acid is of poor quality.

SAFI successfully offers the following thermoplastic valves in H2S SO4 applications on heap leaching sites :

  • Ball valves in PPGF up to DN150 with FKM seals 
  • Butterfly valves mainly in PPH up to DN 800 with FKM seals
  • Diaphragm valves in PPH for regulation up to DN 80 and 100 with the Diaphragm in FPM