Atlas Iron Limited
Atlas Iron Limited (Atlas) is an Australian company that mines and exports iron ore from its operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Atlas maintains a proactive approach to closure planning.
Since 2010 Mine Earth has worked extensively for Atlas to develop their companywide approach to closure planning. Mine Earth has produced closure plans for six Atlas projects at various stages of development, from project approvals through to operations. Mine Earth has developed detailed closure cost estimates for numerous Atlas projects.
Mine Earth has worked with Atlas to assess mine waste properties at a number of their projects, and to develop procedures for materials identification and handling. Mine Earth have worked in collaboration with professional affiliates to develop design standards for Atlas’ waste rock landforms and to develop detailed designs for specific landforms by applying erosion modelling technology and considering the geological properties of mined waste.
Mine Earth currently manage two detailed and multidisciplinary closure projects for Atlas. Both have involved pre-closure planning including engagement of specialist subconsultants and management of project schedules and budgets. Both also involve project management support for closure implementation including contractor selection, development of project management plans, work instructions and schedules and ongoing technical support.
A critical element of both projects has involved developing and implementing strategies to effectively engage external stakeholders.