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Tailings & waste

It is AngloGold Ashanti’s obligation to ensure our mine tailings are stable, non-polluting and contained.

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Rethinking tailings deposition at Cuiabá Mine

Tailings deposition at Cuiabá Mine has undergone a major transformation over the years, as the facility has adapted to changing operational needs and changes in Brazilian legislation following the catastrophic failures at Samarco in 2015 and Brumadinho in 2019.

AngloGold Ashanti Brazil’s TSF Emergency Preparation Plan provides blueprint for Group roll-out

AngloGold Ashanti Brazil is working to fulfil its commitment to implement the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management within three years.

Serra Grande achieves full conversion to filtered tailings
Serra Grande achieves full conversion to filtered tailings

In September 2021, AngloGold Ashanti’s Serra Grande mine became the first mine in Brazil to implement a 100% filtered tailings disposal system. This means that, at the end of ore processing, all the tailings generated go through a drying process after which it is placed in filtered tailings stacks. Wet tailings are no longer sent to the tailings storage facilities.

Successful trial farm at Old Tailings Storage Facility at Iduapriem

The development and execution of a closure plan is intrinsic in the planning and during the operation of any AngloGold Ashanti project. Planning for closure is part of a wider development plan and until approval has been given by the relevant authorities, progress on any new operation cannot begin.

Tailings storage facility management, Brazil
Tailings storage facility management in Brazil

We have engaged with concerned communities to demonstrate the effectiveness of our TSF management systems. In 2019, more the 850 people from our nearby communities participated in visits to TSFs.