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Mine Closure

“Concepts and standards underlying mine rehabilitation and closure today are much more demanding and stringent than just a few years ago”

(Strategic Framework for Mine Closure – Australian and New Zealand Minerals and Energy Council and the Minerals Council of Australia).

pitt&sherry have the full range of specialist expertise required to successfully transition from working mine to a fully decommissioned and environmentally stable rehabilitated site. We have demonstrated expertise in strategic planning for mine decommissioning and rehabilitation with a capable and diverse team of environmental scientists, geotechnical and mining engineers plus geologists, planners, economists and spatial management experts. We have successfully undertaken mine closure planning and implementation in accordance with a broad range of Commonwealth and State regulations and also specific ‘in-house’ company requirements.

Our team can ensure that mine closure plans and actual implementation will comply with all applicable regulations, legislation and standards. In brief, our team can deliver successful solutions to all facets of mine closure:

Stakeholder involvement:

  • The pitt&sherry team includes experts in stakeholder involvement, a feature routinely incorporated in the vast array of projects we deliver across Australia and internationally


  • Our team comprises experts in spatial planning through the use of state of the art software for 3D modelling, mine management and planning – Our expertise includes geotechnical stability, water, soil and contaminant chemistry, water and other volumetric assessments, engineering analysis and environmental management

Financial provisioning:

  • We routinely analyse and advise on strategically optimal solutions for delivery of progressive and end of life costs


  • We have highly experienced engineers, scientists and technical staff to enable practical delivery of solutions. Our services extend from simple advice and assistance to complete management and implementation

Standards / ongoing monitoring and relinquishment:

  • Our team routinely delivers and implements solutions for ongoing monitoring and management of decommissioning and rehabilitation to ensure long term successful relinquishment of the site

We have been intricately involved in successfully mine closure ranging in scale from hard rock underground mining operations and large scale open pit operations down to minor quarrying operations.

A range of examples of successful mine closure projects our team has delivered is detailed in available project galleries which include:

  • Beaconsfield Gold Mine – Tas
  • Bass Metals Ltd – Underground Lead/Zinc Fossey – Tas design and supervision of installation of a significant plug to the portal accessing underground operations
  • Cement Australia – Railton limestone mining and cement processing facility – Decommissioning and rehabilitation management planning
  • MMG – Hercules Mine – closure and rehabilitation planning
  • Grange Resources – Savage River remediation programs – independent program review
For more information
please contact:
David Atchison Mining Sector Lead

Mobile 1300 748 874

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