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Amec Foster Wheeler is a global leader in providing valued services to the mining industry. We support this overall global effort and also directly work with mining clients to help them evaluate potential development assets, improve operations, evaluate and reduce environmental liabilities and assist in appropriate closure and reclamation planning and execution.

Our full-service geotechnical, water resources and environmental science and engineering personnel provide mining industry support for all stages of a project from the exploration permitting stage through to mine closure and beyond with care and maintenance.

Our team of engineers and scientists has become the industry leader in mine waste management, providing innovative, safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions for tailings management, open pit and underground geomechanics, heap leach facilities and mine waste rock management. Our engineers have provided site investigation, planning, design, construction and ongoing consulting services for hundreds of tailings impoundments worldwide, including oil sands, base and precious metals, diamonds and coal projects. We have designed and continue to work on some of the world’s largest tailings dams, and are equally capable of providing viable solutions to smaller mines.

In recent years, our engineers have been leaders in the development of alternative tailings technologies for both surface and underground storage applications. These technologies include filtered (dry-stack), thickened/paste and co-disposal of tailings and waste rock. We have applied these technologies to a wide range of projects in response to the unique challenges presented by climatic, topographic, geochemical or material properties at various sites. Just as no two ore bodies are identical, we approach each mine waste management system as a unique entity with its own technically and economically optimal solution.

Our mining solutions fall under these categories

<ul><li>Geotechnical investigations</li><li>Tailings management and impoundment design</li><li>Heap leach pad design</li><li>Mill/crusher foundations</li><li>Liner system design</li><li>Pitwall stability</li><li>Landslide investigation/repair</li><li>Mine waste management</li><li>Seismic hazard and liquefaction assessment</li><li>Haul roads</li><li>Cold weather/permafrost construction</li><li>Risk assessments</li><li>Surface mine operations planning and design.</li></ul>

<ul><li>Baseline studies</li><li>Reclamation and revegetation design</li><li>Air emission and pollution control</li><li>Land/biophysical/aquatic studies</li><li>Risk assessment</li><li>Wetlands delineation and mitigation</li><li>Acid rock drainage plans.</li></ul>

<ul><li>Water supply</li><li>Groundwater development</li><li>Water quality and resource protection</li><li>Surface water hydrology</li><li>Erosion control</li><li>Hydrogeology</li><li>Aquifer impacts and protection</li><li>Mine dewatering</li><li>Stream and channel restoration</li><li>Water balance.</li></ul>

<ul><li>Due diligence reviews</li><li>Project permitting</li><li>Environmental impact assessments</li><li>Cultural impacts</li><li>Socio-economic impacts and action plans</li><li>Applications and licenses</li><li>Dam safety reviews and applications</li><li>Hearings testimony</li><li>Government liaison.</li></ul>

<ul><li>Site selection</li><li>Facilities siting</li><li>Geotechnical evaluations</li><li>Hydrogeological investigations and modeling</li><li>Environmental studies</li><li>Engineering/environmental audits</li><li>Threatened and endangered species evaluations.</li></ul>

<ul><li>Construction management</li><li>Construction inspection</li><li>Materials testing</li><li>Liner testing</li><li>Non-destructive testing.</li></ul>

<ul><li>Closure plans</li><li>Reclamation planning and design</li><li>Monitoring</li><li>Pit lake studies</li><li>Facility remediation</li><li>Soil covers and caps</li><li>Subsidence mitigation and remediation.</li></ul>

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