• St. Ives Gold Mine Closure
  • Northwest Australia Vegetation Recognition
  • Cyclone Mineral Sands Project
  • Argyle Diamond Mine Closure

Mine Closure & Remediation

Caring for the environment

Mine closure and remediation happen at the end of a mine's life, but mine closure planning must start in the preliminary stages of a mine’s development. It’s vital to demonstrate you can effectively and sustainably close a mine before any work commences on site.

Sustainable completion and relinquishment of a mine should include the delivery of a clear mine closure plan, defined during the feasibility study phase, considered throughout the life of mine, then executed to completion when it’s time to close. At Stantec we have a team of scientists and engineers who have a history of assisting clients with developing and executing their mine closure plans, as well as helping to revise existing ones.

Our mine closure plans will incorporate regulatory compliances, data gap analysis, mine rehabilitation audits and monitoring, environmental assessments, conceptual landform design, and infrastructure demolition processes. We even use remote sensing techniques, such as object-based image analysis, to monitor vegetation on rehabilitated sites and detect potential environmental impacts.

Progressive rehabilitation and closure (PRAC™)

PRAC™ is a software tool that provides a systematic approach to closure by capturing all closure-related data in one location. With PRAC™, companies can manage closure-related knowledge and link that knowledge to specific tasks. PRAC™ is designed to manage closure at both individual mines and at multiple sites simultaneously allowing companies to manage liabilities across a portfolio.

Understanding and respecting nearby communities

Our team provides ongoing communications and community involvement, using local resources and expertise whenever possible. The preservation and protection of historic and cultural resources is a critical part of site characterisation and closure planning.

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