Responsible Mining

Tailings Management

Mining activities (extracting, processing and refining) generate waste by-products in the form of tailings and waste rock, as well as some non-hazardous and hazardous waste materials. These wastes, as well as the processes for storing and transporting them, can pose environmental and public health risks.

Responsible management of tailings is essential for protecting both the environment and human health. In response to several high-profile tailings dam failures, the mining industry continues to research and develop tailings and waste management solutions and practical tools to achieve the safe and secure management of mine tailings facilities globally. B2Gold employs comprehensive guidance for the design, construction, operation and closure of its tailings storage facilities and is committed to actively reviewing and incorporating additional industry best practices.

“Leading industry best practice includes the ICMM position statement on Preventing Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Storage Facilities as well as other multi-disciplinarian frameworks such as the MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining.”

2020 Performance Highlights

  • Zero significant incidents at B2Gold’s tailings embankments across all operations
  • Generated 18.14 million tonnes of tailings in 2020 (a decrease of 11.3% from 2019)
  • Committed to active review and incorporation of additional industry best practices
  • Performed independent Third-party Reviews of the tailings embankments at our Otjikoto and Masbate mines in the first half of 2020
  • Fekola Mine tailings embankment will undergo independent Third-party Review prior to 2022, in line with ANCOLD guidelines and B2Gold standards


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