Authors: Prasad, A


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Prasad, A 2011, 'Pillara Mine closure and rehabilitation', in AB Fourie, M Tibbett & A Beersing (eds), Mine Closure 2011: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 343-350,

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Detailed planning and diligent management were critical to the successful mine closure and rehabilitation of Lennard Shelf’s Pillara operations. Rehabilitation works commenced during the second half of 2009 and were completed, on schedule and under budget, in October 2010. Remarkably the rehabilitation of Pillara was entirely funded by the in-house sale of the mine’s assets. The benign, non-acid forming (NAF) nature of the tailings, in combination with geochemical data, led to the design of a three layer cover. An initial layer of limestone waste rock was covered with subsoil and vegetated topsoil to achieve a final cover depth between 475 and 575 mm. Erosion barriers of waste rock were also constructed along the contours of the tailing storage facility (TSF) to direct water to appropriate drainage channels. The TSF cover design was adapted to suit the remaining areas of the Pillara mine site, as required. Aerial photos taken at the end of the 2010/2011 wet season demonstrate significant vegetation growth over the TSF, box-cut and process plant areas. Monitoring of the site continues and initial results are positive. Lennard Shelf is working closely with the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) towards proving the rehabilitation outcome and achieving a bond reduction.

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