Tailings & Waste Management

Global experience to solve local challenges

Approach

We have been extensively involved in the permitting, design, operation and closure of mine tailings and associated water disposal/management facilities since 1974. Our expertise includes a wide range of tailings products and hands-on knowledge of proven management techniques under a broad range of climatic conditions.

To achieve real cost benefits, it is necessary to integrate the design of your process plant with your tailings disposal system, while giving consideration to all design aspects from site selection to impoundment closure. Our philosophy towards tailings and water management is heavily based on our worldwide operational experience. We aim to provide solutions that appropriately cater for each project’s needs, providing stable facilities that can be practically operated and successfully closed.

Recognising the growing need for the provision of waste management systems with increased water-efficiency, we have invested in expanding our tailings and waste management capability, increasing the number of experienced senior staff members with these skills. Also, with the greater emphasis on water conservation and social conscience in the mining industry, we have improved our knowledge of thickened tailings technology. This emerging technology is attractive to mines operating under strict water restrictions or those that have limited water resources available, enabling them to attain a competitive advantage in terms of water use, while reducing the potential for contamination of soil and water sources, ensuring that these scarce resources are available to other users.

Services

  • Short- and long-term strategic planning for tailings and water management
  • Risk and hazard assessment
  • Failure evaluations
  • Feasibility studies and financial evaluations
  • Emergency response plans
  • Water balance development and utilisation
  • Emissions testing and evaluation
  • Geotechnical, hydrogeologic, rheologic and geochemical characterisation
  • Geotechnical, hydrologic and rheologic evaluation and design (conceptual through to detailed)
  • Assistance with state and federal government permit acquisition and compliance
  • Assistance with construction management and quality assurance
  • Assistance with operational monitoring and management
  • Decommissioning, closure and landform restoration: planning, design and implementation
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