Waste Dump Closure and Cost Estimates at AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem

  • K. O. A. Arhinful
  • G. Agyei
Keywords: Waste Dump, , Reclamation, Revegetation


AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine is a surface gold mine which produces waste rock in its operations. The waste rock forms waste dumps which grow over the years, and will ultimately need to be closed down when they are filled to the maximum capacity. The mine has closure plans for the waste dumps and the closure activity will incur cost. This research was carried out to study the waste dump reclamation and closure plan for the Ajopa waste dump, and estimate the associated cost. The aim of the closure is to establish a permanent stable landscape that is environmentally compatible with surrounding undisturbed land. The waste dump will be closed with a progressive rehabilitation technique. The key activities involved in the reclamation plan, which are earthworks, capping and revegetation were identified and studied into detail. The reclamation plan and cost estimates were prepared on the basis that AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine would contract with a third-party contractor to fully execute the required closure and reclamation activities. The cost was then estimated using price quotes from vendors or contractors located around the mining area. Results showed that waste dump closure and reclamation programme for Iduapriem Mine are consistent with Ghana Mining and Environmental guidelines. The total closure and reclamation cost was estimated to be US$ 581 488.18. Since any delay in the closure and reclamation could incur additional cost, it was advised that the mine should execute the closure and reclamation plan without delay