BHP Beenup Rehabilitation Project Site Visit
6 September 2019 | Margaret River region, Western Australia
In 2018, 19 years after closure, rehabilitation of the former Beenup Titanium Minerals project has achieved regulatory sign-off against the 21 completion criteria, as agreed with stakeholders.
The project, located in the southwest of Western Australia closed prematurely in 1999 after only two years of operation. Stakeholder concerns for the rehabilitation of the site were high and the technical challenges complex, given the post-mine environment comprised 335 ha of disturbance, including deep dredge ponds, clay tailings disposal dams and disturbed acid sulfate soils in an environment upstream of two rivers and a national park.
The site now supports a network of wetlands, integrated with the local drainage system and surrounded by a diverse mix of vegetation types and associated fauna habitat. Engineered structures are stable and performing as designed.
The Beenup Consultative Group, formed ten years prior to closure, played an integral part in the planning, design and oversight of rehabilitation, including independent peer review, and remains active.
The site is now transitioning, with stakeholder input, to a monitoring and relinquishment phase requiring only minimal resources to ensure that the project tenements continue to meet the remaining statutory obligations and that design features are not compromised while also considering the opportunities that could be realised for the site into the longer term post-relinquishment.
The ACG thanks BHP for freely donating their time and resources to host this visit.
This site visit is now SOLD OUT.