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.
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.
De Beers global mine closure programme
Managing mine closures across the world, for a world leading diamond company.
Rum Jungle mine rehabilitation, Australia
Reclaiming a former mine site to improve environmental conditions.
Tellus Holdings' Sandy Ridge Kaolin Mine, Western Australia
Finding a sustainable solution to Australia’s hazardous waste problem.
Mine closure and rehabilitation perspectives
Our experts give their views on the latest news and moves in the global mining and metals sector, sharing insights on solutions to the challenges of cost-effective closure and sustainable rehabilitation.
Mine closure report: planning for successful rehabilitation: Download our report, in partnership with Mining Journal, which shares the opinions of more than 400 mining industry professionals globally.
Mine closure in Canada: Giving back a healthy ecosystem to future generations
Mining operations have long been a key contributor to Canada’s wealth and economic vitality and Canadian-based companies have experienced significant growth through mining and exploration.
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.
We help establish the business case and inform decision-making with our independent advice and robust cost estimate, schedule and scope baselines for closure, rehabilitation and repurposing programmes.
Programme strategy and set up
We build team capability, establish the right delivery model and promote a baseline-driven execution plan to drive the pursuit of clear closure programme outcomes.
In treating projects as a programme of work, we deliver a consistent approach to mine closure cost data, schedule visibility and risk management, helping mine closure programmes adapt to changing priorities.
Our project management experts promote safe, compliant delivery of mine closure projects, with a clear focus on meeting cost, schedule, and performance objectives.
Cost and commercial management
We optimise cost performance at every stage by applying our proven methodologies, cost models, data and market intelligence. These approaches drive the pursuit of cost and value targets.
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