TenCate Geotube® dewatering technologyprovides cost-effective and efficient dewatering and containment in the mining and mineral processing industry. In mining and mineral processing (mine tailings, coal sludge, etc), TenCate Geotube® dewatering technology enables the recovery of valuable materials, provides structural stability, improves water quality, or reduces storage footprint by sometimes 50 to 80%. Conditioners or polymers are normally used to promote flocculation to improve dewatering rates, solids retention, filtrate quality and increase in solids consolidation within the tubes.

TenCate Geotube® Dewatering Technology is ideal for:

  • Pond and Lagoon Maintenance (polishing ponds)
  • Tailings Management
  • Water Resource Management (water reclamation and reuse)
  • Beneficial Reuse (dyke and berm construction)
  • Precious Metals Recovery
  • Emergency and Disaster Management (uninterrupted mining operations)
  • Acid Mine Drainage (for active or inactive mines)
  • Specialty Applications
  • Geosynthetics

Dewatering for Mining and Mineral

TenCate Geotube® Dewatering Technologyis an alternative method for storing dry tailings and replaces the need for a traditional embankment Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) and offers more benefits in comparison to TSF. The large porous containers of Geotube® Dewatering designed for efficient retention of solids and high discharge capacity has been used worldwide to dewater and contain mine tailings safely and economically.

Benefits of TenCate Geotube® Dewatering Technology:

Community Engagement

  • Use of local labour for ongoing Geotube® deployment 
  • Marketable use of an environmentally friendly alternative technology


  • Lower upfront capital expense allows improved financing as the mine is actively generating returns
  • Improved access to dewatered tailings for secondary processing or salvage value
  • Eliminates the cost of tailings dam monitoring and insurance
  • Scalable to match production rates
  • Beneficial use of Geotube® Dewatering units for bunding and containment

Environmental Impact

  • Storage of dry tailings in containers which can be stacked significantly reduces the  the total required footprint
  • With the dam failure risk eliminated, the potential for an environmental disaster is significantly reduced
  • Geotube® Dewatering units allow for monitoring and environmentally friendly disposal of effluent water
  • Geotube® Dewatering units offer greater flexibility for placement of tailings


  • Geotube® Dewatering technology eliminates the risk of TSF dam failure. This risk is particularly significant in areas of high seismic activity and high rainfall
  • A Geotube® Dewatering solution is easily scalable thus reducing the risk of mine operations scaling beyond the capacity of the TSF

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TenCate Geosynthetics Asia

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