Geological, ecological and resource-saving surveys of tailings storage facilities of Erdenet Mining Corporation

Tailings storage facilities—the man-made waste aggradations—are the objects featuring the largest volume and area, as well as the highest rate and time of the environmental impact. At the same time, they are a considerable source of resources for operating mining, processing and metallurgical plants. This article presents the geotechnical zoning results with identified zones suitable for the commercial development in the tailings storage area of Erdenet Mining Corporation. For these zones, a pre-treatment circuit is proposed (by hydraulic diameter of particles) with regard to the experience of jetting for separating particles larger than 0.07 mm at the waterworks in Moscow. For the zone beyond commercial interest due to low metal content of tailings, making 50% of the tailings storage area, it is suggested to remove dusting beaches by a suction dredge, with soil placement under water.

Keywords: man-made waste aggradations, hydraulic diameter of tailings particles, geotechnical zoning of tailings storage area, jetting, process circuits.
For citation:

Moseykin V. V., Kharitonova M. S. Geological, ecological and resource-saving surveys of tailings storage facilities of Erdenet Mining Corporation. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2020;(5):40-53. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-5-0-40-53.

Issue number: 5
Year: 2020
Page number: 40-53
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.3.002.68:504:002.01:621.2
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-5-0-40-53
Article receipt date: 27.01.2020
Date of review receipt: 24.03.2020
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 20.04.2020
About authors:

V.V. Moseykin, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, e-mail:, Mining Institute, National University of Science and Technology «MISiS», 119049, Moscow, Russia,
M.S. Kharitonova, Magister, e-mail:, JSC Russian Railways, Moscow, Russia.


For contacts:

V.V. Moseykin, e-mail:


1. Nurok G. A. Protsessy i tekhnologii gidromekhanizatsii otkrytykh gornykh rabot [Processes and technologies of jetting in open pit mining], Moscow, Nedra, 1979, pp. 550.

2. Volnin B. A. Tekhnologiya gidromekhanizatsii v gidrotekhnicheskom stroitel'stve [Jetting technology in waterworks construction], Moscow, Energiya, 1965, pp. 19—23.

3. Melent'ev V.A. Volnin B. A. Namyvnye gidrotekhnicheskie sooruzheniya [Filled-up waterworks], Moscow, Energiya, 1973, pp. 140—155.

4. Gal'perin A. M., Ferster V., Shef Kh.-Yu. Tekhnogennye massivy i okhrana prirodnykh resursov: v 2 t. T. 1. Nasypnye i namyvnye massivy [Mining waste and protection of natural resources: in 2 vols. Vol. 1. Bulk and filled-up masses], Moscow, Izd-vo MGGU, 2006, pp. 174—328.

5. Gal'perin A. M., Kutepov Yu. I., Kirichenko Yu. V. Osvoenie tekhnogennykh massivov na gornykh predpriyatiyakh [Mining waste management at mines], Moscow, Izd-vo «Gornaya kniga», 2012, pp. 102—248.

6. Yaltanets I. M., Levanov N. I. Spravochnik po gidromekhanizatsii [Handbook on jetting], Moscow, Mir gornoy knigi, 2008, pp. 675.

7. Trubetskoy K. N., Umanets V. N., Nikitin M. B. Mining waste classification, basic categories and definitions. Gornyi Zhurnal. 1989, no 12, pp. 9—14. [In Russ].

8. Monitoring of tailings dams. ICOLD, Bui. 104, Paris, 1996, p. 84.

9. Tailings dams risk of dangerous occurrences. ICOLD, Bui. 121, Paris, 2001, p. 144.

10. Nico G., Di Pasquale A., Corsetti M., Di Nunzio G., Pitullio A. Use of an advanced SAR monitoring technique to monitor old embankment dams. Proceedings of the XII IAEG Congress, 2014, Vol. 6, pp. 731—737.

11. Galperin A. M., Moseikin V. V., Kutepov Yu. I., Derevyankin V. V. Assessment of state of water-saturated mine waste for the justification of engineering structure designs at open pit mines. Eurasian Mining. 2017. No 1. Pp. 6—9. DOI: 10.17580/em.2017.01.02.

12. Malyshev Yu. N., Ryakhovskiy V. M., Bannikov V. F., Ryakhovskaya S. K. Mineralogicaland-geochemical research is an efficient tool for improvement of mining waste treatment technology. Gornyi Zhurnal. 2016, no 1, pp. 73—76. [In Russ].

13. Granovskaya N. V., Nastavkin A. V., Meshchaninov F. V. Tekhnogennye mestorozhdeniya poleznykh iskopaemykh [Man-made mineral deposits], Rostov-na-Donu, YuFU, 2013, 93 p.

14. Pendyurin E. A., Smolenskaya L. M., Starostina I. V. Review of dust suppression methods for beaches of tailings ponds at Lebedinsky Mining and Processing Plant. Gornyi Zhurnal. 2016, no 1, pp. 91—93. [In Russ].

15. Shipika V. I., Ryamaev V. N., Moseykin V. V. Removal of man-made depositions from water bodies in the Moscow Region by jetting. Gornyy informatsionno-analiticheskiy byulleten’. 2006. Special edition 4, pp. 366—370. [In Russ].

16. Moseykin V. V., Gorbatov Yu. P., Khachatryan V. D. Technological features of hydraulic transport pumping of silt from the Zakharov open pit. Gornyy informatsionno-analiticheskiy byulleten’. 2006. Special edition 4, pp. 360—365. [In Russ].

Подписка на рассылку

Раз в месяц Вы будете получать информацию о новом номере журнала, новых книгах издательства, а также о конференциях, форумах и других профессиональных мероприятиях.