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South32 puts tailings management front and centre

Mining News - Published on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

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South32 has highlighted tailings safety in its 2019 first half report, emphasising the company’s dam management standards. The company highlighted its operational tailings dam inventory (18 active, 15 inactive), capital expenditure on tailings dams in 2018 (USD 37 million) and 2019 (USD 57 million), and tailings-related history dating back to May 2015. This was in stark contrast with the company’s half-year reports for 2017 and 2018, which did not mention tailings management or dams at all.

Although South32’s large tailings dams are all in Australia, this emphasis possibly comes in response to Vale’s Brumadinho tailings dam disaster in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil last month that killed 165 people, with 155 more still missing and presumed dead.

South32 is a spin-out of BHP (which partnered with Vale at the Samarco iron ore project that also suffered a massive tailings breach in November 2015), and is also involved with Brazil through its share in the Brazil Alumina bauxite operation.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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