3rd Party International Support - Knight Piésold
Myanmar Yang Tse Copper Limited (MYTCL) requested that Knight Piésold develop a detailed pit closure plan for the Sabetaung Pit at the S&K Copper Mine located in Myanmar following the earlier development of a preliminary pit closure plan. The S&K operation completed mining of the Sabetaung South Pit in late 2013 and the Sabetaung Pit in August 2014.
The pit will be backfilled, at least in part, with mine waste material that could include potentially acid forming (PAF) waste, as part of the pit closure plan. In order to reduce the migration of acid rock drainage (ARD) from the pit into an adjacent aquifer in the longer term, the PAF waste will need to be hydraulically isolated from the regional groundwater system. This document comprises a detailed pit closure report that will form part of the overall site closure plan.
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About Mine Town
With approximately 2,953 persons living in this self-sustaining town that has the majority of its daily visitors coming into town to do business from areas outside of the MYTCL copper mine, there is no need for a CSD Representative. There are 407 permanent employees from the previous mining enterprises, 369 contract employees and another 19 casual labourers comprising a total 795 persons employed at MYTCL, constituting 26.92% of the town's total population working within the mining organisation.
o Mine Town is managed by MEHL – Myanmar Economics Holdings Limited and is not a part of the operations of MYTCL. ME1 supports the single High School. The town offers villagers electricity; water resources and water purifiers provided and maintained by MYTCL; there is also a library, a Copper Mine Basic Labour Organisation Office, an Environment & Community Activities Centre and an institute Society that have been donated in the budgets of MYTCL for Community and Social Development Projects.
o The town also supports a small fire department managed by MEHL.
o MYTCL has established and continues today to manage the Mine Town Hospital that is used for all employees and family members for mine related emergency care, as well as performing annual check-ups, x-rays, dental care, childbirth and some small surgeries for common healthcare of the mining community.
o Mine Town manages 1 Monastery named Mine Myooo.
o The Head Monk of this village is U Thargara.
o The elected Village Administrator is U Tin Aung.
An evaluation of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the existing operations and of the Kyisintaung expansion development project planning has been prepared to normal international standards, similar to those proposed by the World Bank and other multilateral lending agencies. In general, the environmental impacts have been minimized in the S&K Project designs.
Land use within the project area is not expected to change significantly. Much of the site is currently used for mining and the new lands that will be disturbed by the Kyisintaung expansion project are generally marginal grazing land. Only a small area currently used for dry land farming will be taken by the expansion operations. All of the land needed for the project has been acquired by ME I. and the farmers using this land were compensated by the government in the 1980's. In March of 2013, a reassessment of the land compensation was directed by the President's office and a group of special committees; Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with the investigation Committee, and ultimately the Implementation Committee formed by the President's directives were put in place to ascertain public acceptance and fair treatment of the progressing developments.
Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent of various metal alloys.
The metal and its alloys have been used for thousands of years. In the Roman era, copper was principally mined on Cyprus, hence the origin of the name of the metal as сyprium (metal of Cyprus), later shortened to сuprum. Its compounds are commonly encountered as copper salts, which often impart blue or green colors to minerals such as azurite and turquoise and have been widely used historically as pigments. Architectural structures built with copper corrode to give green verdigris (or patina). Decorative art prominently features copper, both by itself and as part of pigments.
Wetlands have been recognized by the project management planners of Myanmar Yang Tse Copper Limited as the vital link between water and land preservation. "Wetlands" is the collective term for marshes, swamps, bogs, and similar areas found in generally flat vegetated areas, in depressions in the landscape, and between dry land and water along the edges of streams, rivers, lakes, and coastlines. Wetlands can be found in nearly every state and climatic zone in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Most likely, a wetland exists in your village or very close to it.Many have been altered by human activities such as farming, ranching, and the building of roads, dams, and towns.
Wetlands have often been regarded as wastelands and sources of mosquitoes, flies, unpleasant odors, and disease. People once thought of wetlands as places to avoid or, better yet, eliminate. Largely because of this negative view, many original wetlands have been destroyed, drained and converted to farmland, or used to dispose of household and industrial waste.
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