P3 | Alfa Laval


Alfa Laval P3 solid bowl centrifuges help eliminate many of the problems associated with tailings dam operations and filtration technologies. They are a proven and effective dewatering solution for slimes, clays and silts and other fine tailings. The special deep-pond design, the unique conveyor and the optimised cone angle enable you to treat volumes. The result is a spadeable cake that can be disposed of by co-disposal or dry stacking while the separated water can be recycled for reuse.

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Built to last with highest throughput on the market

  • Able to dewater ultrafine material < 10 micron in continuous operation
  • Robust design (fully wear protected) for high reliability
  • No filter cloth, limited quantity of wash-water at shutdown
  • Low capital and installation cost
  • 50-60 dry tonnes per hour capacity

Built to last Alfa Laval P3 decanter solid bowl centrifuges are constructed with carefully selected components such as Duplex stainless steel (SS316 and SAF2205). Heavy-duty bearings and a stiff box beam frame ensure a design fit for purpose, and all exposed interior parts are protected by replaceable tungsten carbide tiles. The smooth acceleration of solids in the feed and outlet zones helps minimise wear and results in an efficient separation process.

Alfa Laval P3 Solid Bowl Centrifuge

The P3 model offers the highest throughput on the market and handles extremely high solids loads. The special deep-pond design in combination with the unique conveyor and the optimized cone angle configuration allows the P3 to handle volumes far beyond the capacity of any other solid bowl centrifuge.

Each P3 solid bowl centrifuge is equipped with a 2Touch control package as standard, pre-installed and factory-tested in conjunction with each particular unit.

The combination of 2Touch control systems and P3 separation technology makes sure you get the most out of any P3 installation, while keeping costs for installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance to a minimum.

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Get a quote or find out more about our solid bowl centrifuge trial unit

A centrifuge trial allows to you determine parameters such as:

  • Moisture in the cake
  • Centrate clarity
  • Determine scalable capacity
  • Detailed assessment how this technology can work in practice for your specific facility

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Customer Success: Bloomfield Group Rix's Creek

The Rix’s Creek Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP), part of Australia's Bloomfield Group, set out to improve its onsite coal tailings management as part of its sustainability strategy. Tailings dewatering with Alfa Laval solid bowl centrifuges allows to reduce water and energy consumption and minimize the surface footprint of waste handling processes.

Leading the Industry in Sustainable Tailings Management


We walk the extra mile... so you don't have to

Australia's largest centrifuge service centre

Alfa Laval's major service centre in Huntingwood, NSW offers major refurbishment of centrifuges, dynamic balancing of centrifuge bowls, centrifuge conveyor repairs & balancing, gearbox repairs & servicing, assembly, spare parts warehousing and many more specialist services by highly skilled engineers and technicians. Alfa Laval also has minor service centres in WA and QLD as well as a large team of field service engineers around Australia for onsite support and repairs.

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Remote monitoring & connectivity

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Alfa Laval solid bowl centrifuges are often used in remote locations, operating under tough conditions. Alfa Laval offers Remote Monitoring and Remote Control to make it possible for customers to view and adjust the equipment remotely when accessibility is a challenge. A field gateway is used to connect to the equipment remotely to Alfa Laval's IIoT services.

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How it works


How it works

Alfa Laval solid bowl centrifuges are specifically designed to separate slurries in mining and mineral processing into a solid phase and liquid phases. Separation takes place in a horizontal cylindrical bowl equipped with a scroll conveyor. The product is led into the bowl through a stationary inlet tube and is then smoothly accelerated in a full-flow feed zone design. Centrifugal forces of up to 3,500 G make the solids accumulate on the inner surface of the bowl. Alfa Laval offers solid bowl centrifuges with very large capacity (50-60 dry tonnes per hour) specifically designed for heavy duties. 

Why Alfa Laval

A reliable partner for the Mining and Mineral Processing Industry

Alfa Laval offers customers not only solid bowl centrifuges with very large capacity (up to 60 dry tonnes per hour) specifically designed for arduous duties in mining and mineral processing. The company prides itself on a strong local heritage of 95 years in Australia with a significant local service and support presence including Service Centres in Sydney and Perth and field service engineers based around Australia to service even the most remote mining sites.

Swedish headquartered Alfa Laval is a leading global manufacturer offering its expertise, products, and service to a wide range of industries in some 100 countries. The company is committed to optimizing processes, creating responsible growth, and driving progress – always going the extra mile to support customers in achieving their business goals and sustainability targets. Alfa Laval has 17,500 employees. Annual sales in 2019 were SEK 46.5 billion (approx. EUR 4.4 billion). The company is listed on Nasdaq OMX.

Alfa Laval’s innovative technologies are dedicated to purifying, refining, and reusing materials, promoting more responsible use of natural resources. They contribute to improved energy efficiency and heat recovery, better water treatment, and reduced emissions. Thereby, Alfa Laval is not only accelerating success for its customers, but also for people and the planet. Making the world better, every day. It’s all about Advancing better™.


From the coal face

How to manage tailings storage facilities (TSF) is an ongoing challenge for Australia’s mining and minerals industry, from a risk mitigation and cost point of view. Alfa Laval Australia Mining Engineer, Hamid Foroush, explains how solid bowl centrifuge technology has evolved over time to provide an economically and technologically superior solution to dewater tailings and recover process water.

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