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High in the Rockies, Aquatherm Pipe Helps "Bugs" Do Their Work at Palladium Mine

Stillwater Mining Company, Process Piping
Products Used
Green Pipe®
Location / Date
Nye, MT
January 2014

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Heat fusion connections and fusion outlets provided considerable labor and material savings
  • Chemical inertness, excellent flow rate, and thermal expansion qualities were all embraced by ownership
  • Fabrication of grid panels at the contractor's shop saved time and the light weight of Aquatherm vs. metal made it easy to transport to the jobsite

The Challenge

Mine staff required a quickly installed and long-lasting aeration grid for wastewater treatment in a demanding environment.


The Solution

The flexibility that Aquatherm offered and its quick installation time resulted in such a positive experience that the mine is considering it for other projects.

Stillwater Mining Company is engaged in the development, extraction, processing, smelting, refining and marketing of palladium, platinum and associated metals from a geological formation in southern Montana known as the J-M Reef. Stillwater, which employs 1,600 people, is the only U.S. producer of palladium (used in making catalytic converters and in aerospace applications) and platinum (used in jewelry and other applications), and its Stillwater Mine has been operational since 1986.

The management team behind Stillwater Mining Company (SMC) has earned a solid reputation and received awards for exceeding regulatory requirements and seeking out new technologies and innovative processes to address environmental issues. The Stillwater Mine operations extend laterally approximately six miles east to west and vertically more than one mile at elevations of 2,000 to 7,500 feet above sea level. The J-M Reef is accessed by a 1,950-foot vertical shaft, ramps and declines.