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.