The main deliverable was a numerical model used for the assessment of the function of the reclamation measures to be able to evaluate the performance of various reclamation scenarios for tailings impoundment. At last, having calibrated to the local condition at specific site, the model can be used to optimise the design of the multilayer cover.
The main activities of the project comprised i) a literature survey of model used in the field of mine remediation, ii) a training period originally planned to be done at EPM in Montreal, financed by MSCSA-GEORES project, done remotely because of impossibility to travel and iii) development and application of the model to conditions prevailing at Kittilä mine.
The project was supported by the Swedish Mining innovation which is part of a joint investment in strategic innovation areas (SIP) by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency.
Project leader: Luleå University of Technology
Ecole Polytechnique Montréal, Canada, IRME (www.irme.ca) – Institut de Recherche en Mines et Environnement.
Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, Kittilä mina (http://agnicoeagle.fi/).