A full-scale tailings centrifuge plant started operation in 2015. The $1.9 billion plant accelerates the reclamation process by centrifuging fluid fine tailings (FFT) to create a clay soil material that can be used in post-mining reclamation landform construction. The technology involves putting tailings through equipment where a spinning action, or centrifuging, separates out the water. Released water can be recycled back into plant operations. The resulting clay material will initially be used to reclaim portions of our North Mine, where it will be capped with soil and re-vegetated.
Further information on the centrifuge process and current performance can be found in our Sustainability Report.
A full-scale centrifuge facility started operations in 2015.