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Our tailings and mine waste professionals combine practical experience, industry skill and innovative technology to develop safe, economical and appropriate outcomes. Be it base metal, gold, alumina, ash dams, mineral sands or other mine waste and tailings, GHD has the resources to solve your issues.

Over the past 30 years, we’ve earned local and international recognition for cost-effective, practical, and innovative methods used in tailings design and management.

GHD is represented on national and international technical committees including Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) and close links with organisations such as the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG).


  • Planning and approvals
  • Investigation and design
  • Project management
  • EPCM services
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Environment
  • Closure and rehabilitation

For further information, contact:

Anjan Kundu
Service Line Leader, Tailings (Mines & Residue) – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 3163
E: Anjan Kundu

Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Tailings (Mines & Residue) – North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy

Eurallumina Alumina Refinery Red Mud Management, Italy


GHD provided planning, design and construction phase services for the Eurallumina Sa Foxi Red Mud Basin located in Sardinia, Italy.

The Sa Foxi Red Mud Basin is located at Portoscuso, which is adjacent to an industrial area, environmental fish habitat and the Mediterranean Sea. The site is restricted and is sensitive to environmental and community issues.

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Gove Alumina Refinery Red Mud Management, Northern Territory


GHD has provided specialist engineering services to the Gove Alumina Refinery since 1982. The work has included planning, investigation and management of geotechnical and tailings advice for civil works in the residue disposal area.

This included detailed design and construction supervision of some 250 hectares of tailings storage, including upstream embankment construction, caustic liquor conservation methods, embankment stability, water balance models and design of drainage systems.

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Hazelwood Power Station Ash Thickening


Hazelwood Power Station, a 2000 MW brown coal power station, produces approximately 350,000 cubic metres of ash per year.

GHD assisted International Power to consider a wide range of future ash management options for the power station, and to construct and commission an ash thickening plant and in-pit thickened ash deposition.

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Anjan Kundu

Service Line Leader, Tailings (Mines & Residue) – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East

Anjan has more than 25 years’ civil engineering experience in dam and water engineering. He has worked for major dams, hydropower and water supply projects in Australia, India, Malaysia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and France.

A Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland, Anjan has assumed the role of team leader, project manager, strategy developer, reviewer and technical lead in various projects, targeting value addition in every stage by satisfying regulatory requirements. His projects include Rio Tinto’s Red Mud Dam Raise, Arrow Energy’s design and construction of Ponds 1 and 14, design, construction and rehabilitation of dams for Origin Energy as well as the Yellowbank Storage Pond.

Service Line Leader, Tailings (Mines and Residue) – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +617 33163163
E: Anjan Kundu


David Brett

David Brett

David Brett is a civil/geotechnical engineer with extensive experience in investigation, design and construction of a wide range of engineering infrastructure, particularly in the areas of water, dams, tailings and waste management for mining and industry. His knowledge extends across water and mine tailings dams, water management, hydrology and hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, site investigations, earthworks, foundation design, construction materials, materials testing, soil, rock and concrete technology, environmental engineering for industrial water & waste management, acid rock drainage (ARD), remediation and prevention

Principal Mining Engineer
T: +61 3 6210 0698
E: David Brett

Rob Longey

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Rob is a Senior Civil Engineer with 10 years’ experience focusing on mine waste management and mine rehabilitation with experience throughout Australia, Philippines and Central America. Rob has successfully overseen the delivery as project manager and design engineer of numerous investigation, design and construction projects for tailings dams and developed life of mine tailings and waste rock management plans. Rob’s experience also includes mine closure studies and development of mine closure and rehabilitation plans and mitigation, capture and treatment of Acid Mine Drainage. Recent projects include lead designer for a 100 m high tailings storage facility, WRD and surface water management plans for a mine in the Philippines.

Project Manager / Senior Civil Engineer
T: +61 3 6210 0687
E: Rob Longey

John Phillips

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John Phillips is a civil engineer and senior manager at GHD. His experience spans more than four decades in hydrology/hydraulic projects. He has extensive knowledge in water management, dams and soil mechanics, and has led projects in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and across Europe. John has written more than 40 technical papers and is the recipient of no fewer than 6 Engineering Excellence awards.

Civil Engineer
+61 8 6222 8507
E: John Phillips

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