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Project 2.2

Exploring the issues in mine closure planning

Project 2.2 Final Report

Research Program

Risk, Evaluation and Planning

Project Leader

Dr Isaac Dzakpata

Project ID



The task of Mine Closure Planning forms a critical requirement of attaining the license to operate any mine – surface or underground. However, planning for post-mining alternatives with accurate cost estimates is a complex challenge due to the evolving nature of mining operation closure processes, which is often influences by changes in deposit knowledge, mine ownership, regulatory requirements, and requirement from external stakeholders. This project aims to investigate and understand the key closure planning issues that inhibit the realisation of mine closure plans.

Project Partners

BHP; CMTE Development Limited; Curtin University; Deswik Mining Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd; Newmont Mining Services; University of Queensland; OZ Minerals; Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, West Australian Government


6 months