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Working ahead of closure

Planning the closure of a mine should begin as early as the exploration phase, according to International Council on Mining & Metals responsible mine closure head, Alice Davies.

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"Proactive planning for closure [should] be embedded and integrated across the entire value chain, from exploration through operation and closure," she said.

"As closure is multifaceted, there are lots of ingredients that need to be considered: from effective communication, accurate budget forecasting, collaboration between disciplines, and effective leadership."

Davies cited the example of AngloGold Ashanti's Quebradona copper-gold development in Colombia, where the gold major plans to start physically working on a post-mine-use "biodynamic park" during the construction phase for the operation.

To listen to the podcast, click the play button above, and to listen to Davies' podcast discussing collaboration in closure execution, click here.