NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND RECLAMATION OF FLUID FINE TAILINGS IN OIL SAND TAILINGS

World Mining Congress
The total current inventory of mature fine tailings is estimated to be nearly 850 million m³. Pressure has come to bear on the industry to accelerate its tailings management practices and prevent this inventory from steadily growing. The present paper describes the treatment, management and reclamation of fluid fine tailings. New technologies being evaluated include: i) Thin layered - fines dominated deposits, ii) Deep - fines dominated deposits, iii) Fines enriched sand deposits, and finally iv) water capped disposal in end pit lakes. A brief overview for each of the methods of treatment and disposal for fluid fine tailings is provided.
Keywords: tailings; Deposits; oil sands; Fine tailing; Fine Tailings; Fluids; Management; Sand;
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