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Project 3.6

Barriers to reducing acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) risk

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Research Program

Operational Solutions

Project Leader

Professor Carolyn Oldham

Project ID



Acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) is a major issue for mine closure and land relinquishment, and continues, to create significant risks and consequences for the industry. Understandably, it is and has been a well-occupied and active space for research for several decades. Given this, it is important that the CRC builds on, works with and differentiates itself from the other well-established AMD initiatives and undertakes research activities that lead to distinctive transformational change for the sector.

This project will produce a clear and concise overview and expert analysis of the past and current global activities on AMD and identify the potential future priority research areas for CRC TiME. It will articulate a well-designed multi-disciplinary research agenda over the first 5 years of the CRC with goals and expected outcomes that highlight how the CRC can demonstrate transformational value to AMD management, prevention and mitigation.

Project Partners

BHP; CSIRO; Curtin University; Flinders University; Fortescue; MMG Australia; Rio Tinto; South32; University of Queensland; University of Western Australia; Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Government; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Western Australian Government; MRIWA; Sustainable Solutions Global; Golder Associates


9 months – Completed