Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) in Nevada | AGRU America

Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) in Nevada



This tailings storage facility, or TSF, in northern Nevada has now selected AGRU MicroSpike geomembrane liner for three phases of its expansion. So far, this facility has included almost 9 million square feet of AGRU liner.

Problem

The mine and surrounding region is in northern Nevada where surface water is scarce, creating a need for sustainable water solutions during mining operations. A pond for water storage was built in the late 1980’s out of a flexible material called VLDPE. The material had excellent elongation and weldability properties but offered limited resistance to solar and UV, causing it to break down rapidly when exposed to sunlight. The VLDPE liner was removed and replaced with high density polyethylene (HDPE), but this material also proved to be prone to breakdown, causing leakage through the double liner. The harsh weathering, steep slopes, and overall mining operations overwhelmed the containment system. A design that with a significant drainage solution was needed.

Solution

In 2017, engineers were brought in to remedy issues with the pond. The group designed a new 625,000 square foot, double-lined pond using AGRU America 60 mil single-sided HDPE MicroSpike liner, with a 200 mil AGRU Geonet as the separator between liners to guarantee quick flow to the leak detection sump. Faster, more exact leak detection enables crews to pinpoint and seal leaks.

In addition to the drainage solution, the engineers chose AGRU MicroSpike, a highly durable geomembrane liner with consistent friction angle values for slope stability. Engineers used thermal fusion welding to create an impermeable seal between adjacent sheets. All products were tested at AGRU America’s GAI/LAP certified lab for quality.

Outcome

To date, the project has resulted in a leak free pond.

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  • AGRU MicroSpike
  • Completed: 2018
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