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Paste and Thickened Tailings - A Guide (Second Edition)

Editors: Richard Jewell and Andy Fourie
Publisher: Australian Centre for Geomechanics
ISBN: 0 9756756 4 8
Number of pages: 257

P&TT has rapidly evolved and gained acceptance in industry primarily due to the advancement of its preparation and distribution methods. In 1999, approximately 3-4 mining operations were actively using P&TT. In 2006, more than 25 operations have embraced this technology worldwide.

Since March 2002, almost 1,000 copies of the first edition of the Paste Guide were distributed to the global mining industry. This book is considered by many to be the definitive reference on this technology. Significant advances in technology have occurred since then, resulting in the need for a new, updated Guide.

The new, revised second edition features two new chapters on slurry chemistry and reagents. It includes completely rewritten chapters on surface disposal, mine backfill and transport, the inclusion of filtering equipment for thickening and a number of new case studies. Particular emphasis is placed on the relative costs of different solutions.

The book will remain a guidance and advice manual aimed at providing industry personnel with the information that will assist them in evaluating the potential of the technique for their operations and to relate to and brief their design consultants.


Those involved in mining operations, consulting, research and teaching bodies.