Mine closure and rehabilitation

We are working with clients to enable closure and rehabilitation of mines to deliver a positive, sustainable legacy for their communities.

Mine closures

Planning for responsible mine closure

While closure is an inevitable part of the mining lifecycle, it brings challenges in physical decommissioning and site remediation and in mitigating the socio-economic costs for host communities. The way in which closure and rehabilitation are planned, communicated, and delivered can have an impact on mine owners and operators’ reputation and their future license to operate, with a positive legacy being an indicator of business success.

Successful closure and rehabilitation require regulatory and environmental compliance, a strategy for post-mining land use and socio-economic planning to rehabilitate the site and support communities through the transition.

Closure costs should be considered early, during pre-feasibility, feasibility, design and operational phases of a new mine development. The focus on closure or repurposing the mine facilities must be maintained throughout the mine lifecycle, as management roles and accountabilities, community expectations or regulatory controls change.

Our expertise in mine closure and rehabilitation

We have a long track record of providing independent support to global clients in the mining sector. As trusted advisors, we understand the commercial, regulatory and operational challenges of closure and rehabilitation.

Early in the closure planning lifecycle, we build team capabilities and cost and delivery strategies. At implementation of the closure programme, we mitigate and manage risks and control cost and schedule.

We deploy our data and learning to drive improvement throughout the project and inform future programmes.

Find out more about our global experience in mine closures (interactive PDF)

Depth of experience

Our globally connected and multidisciplinary team is supporting closure programmes across coal, iron ore, copper, nickel, gold, uranium and other minerals. Our extensive capability includes process plant, tailings, evaporation ponds and other civil infrastructure.

Demonstrating control

Through visibility of performance data, we support miners to drive cost efficiencies, manage closure schedules, reduce risk and improve standards in mine closure.

Planning sustainable outcomes

In driving collaboration, we balance commercial requirements with practical ideas on how to support community development, build alternative revenue sources or accelerate renewable energy opportunities.


Read how we worked with mine owners to develop strategies for the early planning and successful realisation of closure and rehabilitation projects and programmes in Africa, Australia, North America and Canada.

Mine closure and rehabilitation services

Working from our global network of offices and strategic natural resources hubs, we provide consistent quality, breadth of knowledge and local understanding. Our experience spans programme strategy and set up, cost and commercial management, procurement, project controls and performance.

We unlock the potential of data and information modelling to drive performance, support decision-making and create collaborative working environments.

Our capability and understanding of the costs of mine closure allow us to take ownership of the performance agenda and drive the focus on value.

Turner & Townsend’s skills, systems and experience greatly improved the quality of our deliverables. The team’s professional, timely and collegiate approach enabled the numerous stakeholders to work together towards a common goal of delivering a costed, engineered solution for the Rum Jungle Rehabilitation Project. This solution incorporated a traditional Aboriginal owner, the Kungarakan and Warai Peoples' requirements and feedback on numerous environmental and cultural matters. Jackie Hartnett Principal Project, Manager Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Northern Territory Government

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