Tailings & Mine Waste Management

SRK has extensive experience in the field of mine tailings and waste engineering, having designed and developed waste management facilities on numerous gold, platinum, uranium, copper, iron, oil sands and coal mines worldwide.

International best practice guidelines for tailings and waste management stipulate that storage facilities are designed, operated, closed and rehabilitated to ensure performance that meets strict technical and environmental criteria. Based upon 25 years of operational and design project experience, SRK has developed a framework of management principles and checklists for implementing these activities throughout the entire mine life cycle.

SRK tailors engineered solutions and geotechnical investigations to the complexity and risk rating of the project, to provide the required information for detailed design and project decision-making. We apply appropriate tailings and waste management solutions from conception to closure which integrate geotechnical site investigation, seismic assessments, physical and chemical characterisation of waste materials, hydrogeological studies, stability analysis, construction scheduling, tails disposal and piping design, environmental permitting, and closure and rehabilitation planning. Our innovative designs incorporate the latest technological developments in areas such as paste technology and integrated landform design.

SRK has worldwide tailings project experience and intimate knowledge of local legislation and guidelines.
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...
La conception et la gestion d’un site de stockage des résidus miniers dépendent avant tout des propriétés physiques de ces résidus et du barrage de retenu.
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 cherche toujours à proposer à sa clientèle des méthodes à la fois innovatrices et optimales de disposition des résidus et des stériles miniers
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 cherche toujours à proposer à sa clientèle des méthodes à la fois innovatrices et optimales de disposition des résidus et des stériles miniers
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 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.
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...

Tailings & Waste Rock Engineering & Construction Design

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. SRK also provides a complete QA/QC for the construction of tailings and waste rock storage facilities.

As part of feasibility and engineering studies, SRK prepares detailed reports covering:
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