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Conference program

Mine Waste and Tailings 2021 will explore the latest developments in all aspects of life cycle waste rock and tailings management, from site selection and design to post-closure care.

The mining industry now accepts that the majority of the world’s future minerals will come from low-grade, high-tonnage, ultra-mechanised operations. As a result, a higher production of waste rock and tailings is expected over the course of the 21st century. Mining systems will require re-engineering, based on the paradigm shift that mining business success is fundamentally dependent upon waste management.

As a lead into the conference there will be a selection of workshops and the two-day conference will feature renowned keynote speakers, four expert panel discussions covering key current themes, and paper presentations.

The following themes will be addressed over the two-day conference program: 
  • Mine waste characterisation
  • Mine waste minimisation
  • Financial and social licence to operate
  • Operational aspects and case histories
  • Stability of tailings dams, and tailings run-out and impact
  • Tailings dewatering and placement
  • Innovative mine waste management, including integrated and co-disposal of tailings and coarse wastes
  • Mine waste water balance and management
  • Mine waste monitoring, surveillance, Emergency Response Plans and regulation
  • Mine waste facility closure case histories and costs
  • Governance and resilience, guidelines and standards

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