A full-day workshop was held on 1 September 2019 ahead of Mine Closure 2019 to explore the challenges associated with mine relinquishment and provide guidelines on the relinquishment conversation. The workshop comprised presentations, interactive sessions and a panel discussion that aimed to discuss the following questions:
- Relinquishment is often seen as the last step of the closure process, but even when a company has met all of its rehabilitation and closure obligations, regulators and/or other stakeholders may still be reluctant to allow a mine to be relinquished.
- Custodial transfer of risk seems to be a major barrier for some projects and maximising/transferring value seems to be challenging. Why?
- Is stakeholder perception of risk (and liability) in relation to closure different to their perception of risk in relation to relinquishment?
- Planning for closure or planning for relinquishment?
- How do we reimagine and repurpose the closure conversation to become a relinquishment conversation?
This document summarises the main points raised during discussions held during the workshop sessions.
Bioscope Environmental Consulting. (2019). Reimagine. Repurpose. Relinquish (workshop proceedings). In A. B. Fourie & M. Tibbett (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth.