Kennecott Tailings Facility
Project Location: Manga, Utah
Client: Kennecott Utah Copper
Synopsis of work:
Ames has partnered for over 25 years with Kennecott Utah Copper to provide innovative solutions on numerous projects to update and expand its mining, milling and tailings operations. For over 14 years, Ames has managed the tailings operation for Kennecott and has placed over 125.6 million cubic yards of material in the seven-mile-long tailings dam. Ames’ intimate knowledge of the tailings embankment, containing 70-plus miles of piping, has been paramount to the success of the project.
Ames worked closely with the owner during the design, bid, and construction of the Kennecott tailings facility to adopt innovations and proven methods to keep the project within budget. On phase two of the Kennecott tailings dam project, the partnership developed an efficient method of discharge that managed all of the water from the expansion, maintained safety and reduced cost.