Laurel Kemper

Sediment Ponds Design

Laurel Kemper
Sediment Ponds Design

COCLE DEL NORTE, PANAMA

ECSI provided hydrologic and sedimentologic analysis and preliminary design of thirteen independent sediment ponds at the port facility associated with a proposed copper mine project at Mina de Cobre Panama. The open-pit mine site would consist of three pits with a total concession area of over 33,500 acres with concentrated ore being transported to the port facility through slurry pipelines. The ponds were designed to meet specific design criteria and permitting requirements as provided by the owner. ECSI performed hydrologic analyses using two different design storms; one for sedimentology analysis and one for sizing the emergency spillway. Predevelopment condition analyses were also conducted to allow for comparison of the developed-condition pond discharge rates to the existing ones. This project was completed on a two-week expedited schedule per the client's internal timeline to obtain permit approvals and begin construction.