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  • Mining Warden Hearing at Ok Isai Village, Frieda River, East Sepik Province, PNG

    Landowner grievances is always a challenge for the PNG Mining Industry. However, the Regulators of the Mining Inductry facilitate Mining Warden Hearings and Development Forums to address grievances related to mining.

  • Osarizawa Underground Mine Adit

    Osarizawa Underground Mine is an abandoned mine in Akita Prefecture, Japan. Event though the mine is closed, the mine site is kept for sightseeing purposes.

  • Hidden Valley Tailings Storage Facility (TSF)

    Mine Waste refers to the waste related to mining activities such as tailings and waste rock. Management refer to how the mine derived waste is managed by the operator and or the Regulatory Body.

Showing posts with label Slope Stability Analysis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slope Stability Analysis. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Study of Slope Stability of Tailings Dam Height Expansion from Elevation (RL) 2000m to RL 2035m at Hidden Valley Mine, Papua New Guinea


The tailings dam height expansion from the initial RL of 2000 m to 2035 m at Hamata Tailings (Dam) Storage Facility (TSF) at Hidden Valley Mine in Papua New Guinea pose some risks in terms of slope stability conditions. In this study it is proposed to analyse the TSF at four stages. i.e.RL 2000, RL 2015, RL 2025 and RL 2035. Based on the design parameters and material properties, this study utilizes Phase 2 software to analyse the slope stability conditions of the TSF. The embankment construction methodology in stage 1 is downstream whereas the other stages (2-4) are upstream method of construction. Numerical Simulation (Modeling) of the TSF is done in four stages (1-4) with three parameters, (1) Simulation without Reinforcement; (2) Simulation with Reinforcement (s); and (3) Simulation with Seismicity. Simulation result(s) that give Critical Shear Strength Reduction Factor (SRF) of 1.3 or above is/are ideal for consideration in this study. The findings in this study is somewhat useful for the mining company for future height expansion plans for the TSF and also it is helpful to government for assessment purposes for future TSF height expansion proposals. Future Researchers may analyse other safety aspects not covered in this study.

 Keywords: Tailings dam, slope stability analysis, Dam Height expansion, embankment, Shear Strength Reduction Factor(SRF), RL-Reduced Level(m), downstream construction method, Upstream Construction Method. Phase 2 Numerical Simulation, Reinforcement, Seismicity.


Google image of Hidden Valley TSF

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Thursday, 26 November 2020

Slope Stability Analysis of Hamata Tailings Dam, Hidden Valley Mine, Papua New Guinea

Slope Stability Analysis of Hamata Tailings Dam, Hidden Valley Mine, Papua New Guinea


Construction and management of Tailing dams in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is faced with many challenges such as high altitude with high rainfall (2000-5000 mm/yr), high seismicity and structurally controlled zones which pose threat to the slope stability of tailings dams. Therefore, slope stability analysis is necessary to give confidence to some extent to the stakeholders. The location for this study is at Hamata Tailings (dam) Storage Facility (TSF) at Hidden Valley Mine in PNG which has two rock/earth filled embankments, the main dam and the saddle dam with downstream construction method. Currently the TSF owner is planning to raise the dam height from RL 2000 to RL 2015 with extra 15 Mt storage capacity as the pond water approaching its designed capacity at RL 2000. The objective of this study is to analyse the slope stability of Hamata TSF using phase 2 based on the design basics for the crest expansion from RL 2000 to RL 2015 and beyond and recommend an ideal slope stability under various conditions in terms of shear strength reduction factor ((SSRF). The results obtained in this study is useful for PNG Mining Regulators in comparing company results in the appraisals for tailings dam development proposals and, it will be useful to future researchers in PNG and other similar tropical regions.

 Keywords: Tailings dam, slope stability analysis, Hamata TSF crest expansion, embankment, Shear Strength Reduction Factor, RL-Reduced Level(m).


Google image of Hidden Valley TSF

Cross Section 2

Note: Full paper for this abstract  is ready and can be accessed upon request via contact form in this website.


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Stability Analysis of Tailings Dam - Brief

Stability of Tailings Dam describes the tendency of a dam to resist failure. Failure encompasses both mass movements in which large volumes of rock/soil or dam embankment materials slip and smaller-scale displacements such as minor tension cracks on surface, rock falls etc. All types of rock-slope failures are important as they can have a significant impact on Tailings dam, mines, properties and lives either on the slope or at its base. Instability cause by mass movement of rocks along a plane occurs in four ways: plane failure, wedge failure, toppling failure and circular failure. 


Sunday, 29 September 2019

Tailings Dam Construction in Papua New Guinea a Challenge

Tailings dam constructions in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are faced with natural factors such as  high altitude with high rainfall (2000-5000mm), active seismic zone and other geotechnical structural factors which pose threat to the stability of tailings dam and potential failure.  As such, the PNG government has allowed mining companies to discharge tailings into the river systems over the last 30 to 40 years which pollutes the riverine and ecology within the vicinity of the mine impacted communities downstream.  However, the PNG Government intend to discourage riverine tailings disposal and encourage tailings dam construction in PNG.

The current tailings dams in PNG include Hidden Valley Tailings Storage Facility(TSF) and K92 Mine Tailings Dam.

The Porgera Gold Mine discharges its tailings into the Strickland River in the Enga Province. The Ok Tedi Copper and Gold Mine at the Mt.Fubilan, Tabubil in the Western Province discharges its tailings into the Ok Tedi River System.

The Lihir Gold Mine in the Luise Caldera of New Ireland Province places its tailings onto the deep sea floor (DSTP).

The Ramu Nickel and Cobalt Mine at Kurumbukari in the Madang Province also practice the deep sea tailings placement (DSTP).

The Wafi Golpu project is an advanced project with the Special Mining Lease Application lodged with the Mineral Resources Authority and is under technical appraisal by government at its engaged  independent consultants. This project proposed for a DSTP.

The Frider River Project proposed for an Integrated Storage Facility which will contain waste rock and tailings at the same time. The dam will also but used as hydro-dam to generate electricity.

The government of Papua New Guinea will never or might not allow riverine tailings discharge for all future mines in the country. It would be either by practice of building of Tailings Storage Facilities of place them one deep seafloor.


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