Case Study

Environmental monitoring network at First Quantum Minerals’ copper mine

Cobre Panamá - First Quantum Minerals
Sector:

Need

Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals contacted Kunak with the need to create an air quality monitoring system at its Cobre Panama copper mine in Donoso, Panama.

Cobre Panama’s environmental team decided to strengthen the mine’s environmental monitoring through an air quality network consisting of Kunak AIR Pro stations for the measurement of different pollutant gases and particulate matter, powered by solar panels to allow measurement at points of interest without the need for a grid connection point. The devices were also equipped with anemometers, allowing the generation of pollutant roses and polar graphs to visualise the direction and origin of the pollution.

The objective was to measure, control and analyse the environmental impact of mining production and the mine’s activities in real-time at different critical points. As part of its environmental responsibility strategy, Cobre Panama uses this information as a decision-making tool to continuously improve air quality in the area and protect the health of its workers and neighbouring communities.

This monitoring network also makes it possible to record the main parameters to alert when any of them are altered through an early warning system, thus helping decision-making in a quick and agile manner.

Cobre Panama has deployed a network of Kunak AIR Pro stations to measure and monitor air quality at the copper mine and in nearby communities to reduce the environmental impact of mining activity and improve the health of residents and workers.
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Solution

Deployment of a network of Kunak AIR Pro stations for the measurement of NO, NO2, SO2, CO and O3 gases, suspended particles (PM10, PM4, PM2.5 and PM1), TSP (total suspended particles) and TPC (total particle count), and wind speed and direction, with total autonomy thanks to the power supply by solar panels, allowing monitoring at critical points of mining activities as well as the analysis of information for the implementation of effective practices for the reduction of environmental impact.

 

Benefits

  • Expansion of the environmental monitoring network
  • Monitoring of emissions during mining operations
  • Real-time information on concentrations for decision-making
  • Full visualisation of air quality status around the mine via Kunak AIR Cloud software
  • Monitoring of air quality in nearby communities
  • Alert system for threshold exceedances
  • Protection of human health and the environment

Results

Thanks to the Kunak AIR Pro stations network, Cobre Panama can monitor air quality throughout the mining area and in the surrounding communities. In this way, the environmental impact of the mine’s activities can be prevented and mitigated and the health of the inhabitants and workers can be safeguarded against possible pollution episodes.

The data collected by the Kunak AIR Pro stations and the meteorological probes are integrated into the Kunak AIR Cloud platform, allowing a detailed analysis of the evolution of the different pollutants and, with the system of alerts for exceeding thresholds, to act in advance and verify the effectiveness of the control measures applied in the mine.

Project details

Customer: Cobre Panamá - First Quantum Minerals

User: Cobre Panamá - First Quantum Minerals

Location: Donoso, Panamá

Sector:

Year: 2024

Parameters:

  • NO, NO2, SO2, CO and O3,
  • Suspended particles (PM10, PM4, PM2.5 and PM1), TSP (total suspended particles) and TPC (total particle count)
  • Wind speed and direction

Solutions

  • AIR ProProfessional air quality monitoring station
    Air quality monitor

    AIR Pro

    The most accurate air quality monitoring station

    SENSOR-BASED | BEST AVAILABLE ACCURACY

    Benefits

    • Multi-pollutant
    • Smart cartridge system
    • Fully autonomous
    • Real-time data
    • Proven accuracy
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  • AIR CloudAir quality software
    Air quality software - Kunak AIR Cloud

    AIR Cloud

    Multipurpose air quality software for professionals

    REAL-TIME DATA | ALWAYS UPDATED

    Benefits

    • Secure and condifential
    • Air quality reporting
    • Advanced data analysis and visualisation
    • Reliable data guaranteed
    • Data sharing and integration
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  • Nitric oxideReliable real-time data on NO
    Nitric_oxide_cartucho

    Nitric oxide

    Reliable information about nitric oxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.9
    • Range: 0-5,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 ppb
    • 24 months of operating life
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  • Nitrogen dioxideReliable real-time data on NO2
    Nitreogen_dioxide

    Nitrogen dioxide

    Reliable information about nitrogen dioxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.85
    • Range: 0-12,000 ppb (Type A) | 0-500 ppm (Type B)
    • Resolution: 1 ppb (Type A) | 0.01 ppm (Type B)
    • 24 months of operating life
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  • Carbon monoxideReliable real-time data on CO
    Carbon-monoxide

    Carbon monoxide

    Reliable information about carbon monoxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.85
    • Range: 0-12,000 ppb (Type A) | 0-500 ppm (Type B)
    • Resolution: 1 ppb (Type A) | 0.01 ppm (Type B)
    • 24 months of operating life
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  • Sulphur dioxideReliable real-time data on SO2
    Sulphur_dioxide

    Sulphur dioxide

    Reliable information about sulphur dioxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.7
    • Range: 0-10,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 ppb
    • 24 months of operating life
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  • OzoneReliable real-time data on O3
    Ozone

    Ozone

    Reliable information about ozone

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.9
    • Range: 0-2,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 ppb
    • 24 months of operating life
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  • Particulate MatterReliable real-time data on suspended particles

    Particulate Matter

    Reliable information about particulate matter

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Optical particle counter
    • Up to R2 >0.9
    • Range: 0-1,000 | 0-2,000 | 0-10,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 μg/m3
    • 24 months of operating life
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Air quality monitor

AIR Pro

The most accurate air quality monitoring station

SENSOR-BASED | BEST AVAILABLE ACCURACY

Benefits

  • Multi-pollutant
  • Smart cartridge system
  • Fully autonomous
  • Real-time data
  • Proven accuracy
See more
Air quality software - Kunak AIR Cloud

AIR Cloud

Multipurpose air quality software for professionals

REAL-TIME DATA | ALWAYS UPDATED

Benefits

  • Secure and condifential
  • Air quality reporting
  • Advanced data analysis and visualisation
  • Reliable data guaranteed
  • Data sharing and integration
See more
Nitric_oxide_cartucho

Nitric oxide

Reliable information about nitric oxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.9
  • Range: 0-5,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 ppb
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Nitreogen_dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide

Reliable information about nitrogen dioxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.85
  • Range: 0-12,000 ppb (Type A) | 0-500 ppm (Type B)
  • Resolution: 1 ppb (Type A) | 0.01 ppm (Type B)
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Carbon-monoxide

Carbon monoxide

Reliable information about carbon monoxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.85
  • Range: 0-12,000 ppb (Type A) | 0-500 ppm (Type B)
  • Resolution: 1 ppb (Type A) | 0.01 ppm (Type B)
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Sulphur_dioxide

Sulphur dioxide

Reliable information about sulphur dioxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.7
  • Range: 0-10,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 ppb
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Ozone

Ozone

Reliable information about ozone

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.9
  • Range: 0-2,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 ppb
  • 24 months of operating life
See more

Particulate Matter

Reliable information about particulate matter

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Optical particle counter
  • Up to R2 >0.9
  • Range: 0-1,000 | 0-2,000 | 0-10,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 μg/m3
  • 24 months of operating life
See more