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Rio Tinto contracts Southern Cross for Gove rehabilitation

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  • Southern Cross Electrical Engineering has been contracted to complete work at the Gove Peninsula refinery site in the Northern Territory

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering has won an $18 million contract with Rio Tinto to complete work at the Gove Peninsula refinery site in the Northern Territory.

The works are part of Rio Tinto’s rehabilitation of the North East Arnhem Land site, which includes isolating and re-routing electrical and hydraulic services to the refinery.

The Gove Peninsula operations are expected to finish in 2030 after supplying bauxite to the global aluminium industry for more than 40 years.

Rio Tinto is working with the Traditional Owners, the Yolngu people and other stakeholders to prepare for the site closure.

This includes using virtual reality technology to illustrate the rehabilitation process, giving insight into how the land will look in the future, giving Traditional Owners the opportunity to provide feedback.

Rio Tinto employs 300 people at the Gove Mine, which produced 12.5 million tonnes of bauxite in 2018.

The mine is one of the key operations that Rio Tinto is focusing rehabilitation efforts on, along with the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia’s East Kimberley region and Energy Resources of Australia’s Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory.

Rio Tinto rehabilitated 24 per cent of the land it disturbed for mining in 2018.

 

Originally published by Australian Mining.


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FAQ:

What is mine rehabilitation?

According to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, mine rehab (rehabilitation) is “the process used to repair the impacts of mining on the environment. Mine rehabilitation can also be referred to as coal mine rehabilitation, land rehabilitation, mine site rehabilitation or mine site restoration. The long-term objectives of rehabilitation can vary from simply converting an area to a safe and stable condition, to restoring the pre-mining conditions as closely as possible to support the future sustainability of the site”.

What are the different types of mine rehabilitation practices?

There are several types of mine rehabilitation practices including: - Hydrogeology - Flooding - Soil and capping material assessment - Water characterisation - Landform and cover design - Water management - Revegetation - Tailings storage facilities

Is my Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan (PRCP) compliant?

Organisations carrying out mining activities in Queensland (QLD) are legally obligated to rehabilitate the land. A progressive rehabilitation and closure plan (PRC plan) is a critical element of the QLD Government’s Mined Land Rehabilitation Policy. When submitting a site-specific application for an Environmental Authority (EA) for a new mining activity relating to a mining lease, applicants are required to develop and submit a proposed PRC plan as part of their application. Download your free guide below to find out: https://www.decipher.com.au/MineRehabilitationGuideQLD


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