Big research moves sustainable mining forward

Mar 23 2022

The NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Geotechnique has evolved into a world class research initiative that’s pioneering innovative technologies and methods to transform tailings into a reclamation resource.

Using the light spectrum to see into tailings 

Dec 13 2021

Iman Entezari envisioned using HSI to continually monitor tailings composition on site, something that would allow producers to better understand their makeup and thereby manage them more efficiently.

Turning tailings into a useful resource

Nov 24 2021

At Imperial’s Kearl mine, a key focus of tailings management is a thickener process that dewater fine tailings into a thicker stream, which can be dried and stored for future reclamation needs.

Predicting innovation success

Aug 10 2021

Yagmur Babaoglu’s research looked at two important parameters: how fast water moved in tailings deposits and how easily tailings would compress.

Mythbusting: Tailings Environmental Priority Area

Aug 16 2021

In 2020, 57 active Tailings projects were underway through COSIA at a cost of $150 million. Since 2012, COSIA members have invested $826 million in 228 contributed tailings technologies.

Clay poses perplexing challenge

Jun 01 2021

Heather Kaminsky has a passion for clay and a professional goal of solving one of the most complex challenges in oil sands mining. A materials engineer, Kaminsky is the NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Oil Sands Tailings Management at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). COSIA is one of the research partners.

Bugs Help Vegetation Grow on Tailings

Mar 22 2021

Nicknamed “Bugs and Veggies”, the outdoor growing trial is part of an effort to find novel ways to remove water from tailings more efficiently.

Changing Our World: Partnerships Drive Environmental Gains

Nov 09 2020

State-of-the-art research facilities such as NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre are key to driving environmental performance in the oil sands.