A social license to operate has never been more pressing for mine owners and developers, and managing the environmental impacts of a mine is a key element of community acceptance. The importance of environmental stewardship is highlighted by the integration of climate-related financial disclosures in both funding and insurance. Visit the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative for more information on the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.
Sedgman can assist with a design solution focused on reducing the impact of your mine, minerals processing facility or tailings dam. We engage with a range of specialists to offer a single interface for services in minerals processing designs (including tailings reprocessing), water and tailings management and rehabilitation – from option identification and evaluation to execution.
Our sustainable design projects include initiatives such as reducing a project’s energy footprint; integrating green energy; delivering resource, water and energy-efficient solutions; increasing product recovery; and reducing or reusing waste and tailings. Our modular plant designs include zero or minimal concrete and can be relocated at the end of life for minimised impact.
We have developed strong partnerships which allow us to provide holistic solutions to energy, water, legacy tailings, and rehabilitation challenges, avoiding interface issues with multiple consultants. We bring together the right team for each project.
Tailings Management Expertise
Sedgman has strong experience in the application of a range of tailings dewatering and deposition technologies across multiple commodities. We support development from test work through to delivery on an engineer, procure, construct basis, as well as operational management. We engage with equipment vendors in the commercial application of new technologies and actively ensure we provide clients with access to emerging technologies, as well as proven technologies in our designs. Our experience covers:
- Tailings dewatering (see Our Services) – we have extensive experience with belt presses, plate and frame filter presses, disc filters, screen and solid bowl centrifuges.
- Tailings emplacement and co-disposal.
- Economic tailings reprocessing and scavenging – we integrate our expertise in mineral processing solutions with our partners’ expertise in dredging and hydro-mining, either integrated with existing operations or stand-alone.
- Dam closure and rehabilitation – integrated with our partners’ expertise in dam closure, soil amelioration and replanting.
Optimise for whole-of-mine sustainability