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Remediation coppermine

The Bor region (total area of 3,507 km sq) is located in the eastern part of Serbia. The regional economy has been historically dominated by mining activities, which began with the discovery of copper ore in Bor in 1903. In the post WWII period, the mining and processing complex RTB has grown into one of Europe’s top producers of copper. RTB Bor’s current operating facilities include two mines (open pit and underground) and smelter with a refinery located in the municipality of Bor and a large open pit mine in the municipality of Majdanpek.

The World Bank Project will provide financial resources and technical expertise to help the Government of Serbia (GoS) address, in a timely manner, the costly legacy issues that will remain under the direct responsibility of the state following privatisation of mining assets.

Particular assignment

The objectives of this particular assignment of Witteveen+Bos are the site investigation, design work, development of the environmental impact assessment, preparation of environmental management plan as well as of a monitoring plan for the rehabilitation and remediation of the Veliki Krivelj TDF field 2 and ‘Old’ Bor TDF including stability of the tailing dams as well as the overburden dump sites of East Saraka and South east Overburden Dumps. The total area comprises approximately 1,000 hectares.

Regional Development Project

The subject project forms part of the Bor Regional Development Project. It shall provide the consultancy services for the necessary field investigations and detailed designs for the remediation/recultiviation works of the sub component sites. The project will also give a boost to the ‘Smart Tailings’ concept that Witteveen+Bos recently introduced.