Tailings & Waste Management

Tailings storage facilities often represent the most significant environmental liability associated with mining operations. Mine waste materials must be transported and discharged safely into secure impoundments which will last for an extended period after final mine closure.

Best practice tailings and waste management guidelines stipulate that storage facilities are designed, operated, closed and rehabilitated to ensure performance that meets strict technical and environmental criteria. SRK has developed a framework of management principles and checklists for implementing the activities throughout this entire life cycle.

Approach

The tailings and waste management is accomplished though the diligent sequence of activities involving detailed tasks as listed below:

  • Mine Tailings Engineering
  • Site Selection & Disposal Method
  • Geotechnical Site Investigation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment & Public Consultation
  • Permitting & Licensing
  • Feasibility Tailings and Waste Design
  • Detailed Design
  • Operating Procedures
  • Quality Assurance
  • Monitoring
  • Auditing of existing facilities
  • Risk Assessment
  • Design of Remedial Works
  • Closure & Rehabilitation

Experience

SRK has over 20 years experience in mine tailings and waste engineering and has been responsible for the management of numerous gold, platinum, uranium, copper, iron, oil sands and coal mines worldwide, under various environmental and climatic constraints.

SRK’s team of skilled specialist engineers, technologists and environmental scientists offer a comprehensive service in management for tailings and waste disposal facilities and combines detailed engineering with environmental best practice to deliver cost effective and sustainable solutions to mine waste management projects.

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Site selection and permitting issues arise at the onset of any major tailings storage facility study. Detailed assessment of foundation conditions, land use patterns, seismic risk and hydrology can result in significant capital, operating and closure cost savings. Early consultation with local authorities can also prevent unnecessary delays at the...
SRK’s experienced metallurgists and processing engineers help maximize mining projects' resource output and economic returns.
The design and management of a tailings storage facility is mainly a function of the material properties of both the tailings waste and the containment dam. The design of the facility is preceded by a thorough testing program which includes the study of chemical and physical properties. Although SRK does...
SRK’s experienced metallurgists and processing engineers help maximize mining projects' resource output and economic returns.
Tailings and waste rock storage facilities must be designed, constructed and operated to the highest standards, taking into account the eventual need for closure and rehabilitation. Optimum strategies for facility management are site specific and therefore the facility location, disposal method, approach to water management and long term closure objectives...
SRK’s experienced metallurgists and processing engineers help maximize mining projects' resource output and economic returns.
A key measure of the mining industry’s ability to contribute meaningfully to sustainable development is in its long term environmental performance. If mine closure and completion are not undertaken in a planned and effective manner, a site may continue to be hazardous and a source of pollution for many years...
SRK’s experienced metallurgists and processing engineers help maximize mining projects' resource output and economic returns.
SRK can provide both short term and long term monitoring plans for tailings storage facilities, both for existing facilities and during the design of new facilities. Monitoring provisions should include: the installation of piezometers to monitor groundwater mounding beneath and surrounding the facility; surface and groundwater quality sampling both upstream...
SRK’s experienced metallurgists and processing engineers help maximize mining projects' resource output and economic returns.
As part of the design process, appropriate site characterisation is required to select the optimal tailings and waste rock storage method for a given operation. SRK tailors engineering and geotechnical investigations to the complexity and risk rating of the project, to provide required information for detailed design and project decision-making...

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