Feb 12 bis Feb 13

Tailings Storage Conference

Engineers designing tailing storage facilities are faced with a number of new challenges resulting from the encroachment of both formal and informal housing projects, legislation pertaining to water usage and pollution control, shortages of water for processing, and the requirements for tailing dam closure.

This has resulted in the introduction of new designs for construction of more stable dams, alternative deposition methods, the introduction of non-permeable linings, and the capping of dams to encourage rehabilitation and minimize dust pollution. The shortage of water in Southern Africa has necessitated changes in dam design to minimize water usage by either reducing the amount of water to the dam or increasing the amount of water recovered.

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