Implementing progressive closure
Progressive closure (p39) is the implementation of closure activities during the construction and operation of the mine. Progressive closure is one of the most effective means to gain direct experience with the implementation of closure works and accurately describe their true costs. Feeding this information into future cost estimates reduces the risk of inaccurate estimates.
Benefits of progressive closure include:
- Social licence and regulator relations
- Experience/knowledge building
- Reduction of liability
- Tax benefits
Figure 6 (p41) illustrates reductions of liability
Figure 1 (p09) illustrates the implementation of closure activities
Social transition activities (p102) are undertaken to facilitate or ease the social transition from the operational to post- closure phase, and apply to the whole mining operation. Social transition management and mitigation designed for the active operation phase can continue being applied into the closure transition process and post-closure.
In Element 3, Tool: Key Messages for Social Transition offers example social transition key messages and Tool: Social Transition Checklist provides a checklist of activities that will assist planning for social transition from the early stages of project development/pre-construction through to closure.