Reco. very of Sodium Sulphate from Alkaline Lake Deposits • In Saskatchewan

CIM Bulletin, 1966

W. H. W. Husband Head, Engineering Division D. H. Filson Assistant Research Officer, Engineering Division and J. W. Spyker Associate Research Officer, Engineering Division Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, Sask.

Large deposits of sodium sulphate exist in southern Saskatchewan in the brines or muddy crystal beds of alkali Jakes. Currently, more than 300,000 tons per year of sodium sulphate are produced from these lakes and sold as salt cake to the paper industry. Most of the production is obtained from the brines of a limited number of Jakes. The Saskatchewan Research Council was requested to develop a process for recovering sodium sulphate from the muddy crystal beds so that this type of deposit could be exploited in the future. A flowsheet was developed with the aid of phase diagram data and the process was studied on a pilot-plant scale using raw material from three different lakes. Satisfactory yields and product purities were obtained in all cases, and an economic analysis indicated that a 100,000-ton-per-year sodium sulphate plant could produce salt cake at a cost of $12.26 per ton for a rate of return upon investment of 16 per cent at current market prices.
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