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Program

Program

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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