This program will demonstrate and test operational interventions to reduce long-term risks to people, water and ecosystems post-closure and deliver fit-for-purpose post-mining land use.
It will achieve this by delivering a scalable and dynamic information system architecture to help design the desired post-mine future, developing prototype technologies that can be applied at high-risk points in the mining value chain and identifying supply chains leading to new business solutions.
An important focus is providing mining equipment, technology and services and mining companies will have access to the solutions needed to better close mines to increase the chance of transition to a new use (known as relinquishment). A better understanding of supply chain bottlenecks will also help METS and mining companies achieve their goals.
Key industry challenges to be addressed include limited options to reduce waste material production or reuse these materials, a siloed approach to technology development, development and data sharing and fragmented mine closure solutions supply chains.
- Smart, scalable and dynamic information system architecture for closure design: The aim is for communities, First Nations, industry and governments to design an operational and closure process to achieve their desired post-mine future.
- New and innovative prototype technologies for successful post-mining futures: Cost-effective technological solutions at selected intervention positions will reduce the long-term residual risk and/or maximise net benefit.
- Feasible business solutions for scalable supply chain development: Emerging supply chain businesses in post-mine land use will be able to make informed decisions about investment.
Dr Agnes Samper