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CGG Joins Mine Tailings Monitoring Research Project Led by Amira

Paris, France | Jan 21, 2021

CGG has become a member of Amira, an independent global not-for-profit organization representing members from the mineral resources industry seeking to enhance, sustain and deliver transformational R&D, innovation and implementation to the benefit of society.

As part of its membership, CGG’s Minerals & Mining group is sponsoring an independent industry research program developed in response to several recent and well-documented accidents and catastrophic failures at mine tailings storage facilities (TSF). The program will evaluate the suitability of a range of monitoring technologies for giving advance warning of dam instability based on the analysis and modeling of data collected at TSFs provided by key mining company sponsors. CGG will participate by contributing satellite remote sensing data, passive seismic survey equipment from its Sercel equipment division and associated geophysical data processing expertise.

Adam Thomas, Head of Minerals & Mining, CGG, said: “CGG’s support of this important Amira research project reflects our commitment to help drive and improve operational performance and safety in the mining sector, where we have a strong track record of delivering high-added-value satellite and geophysical survey solutions. We look forward to the positive impact we believe its findings will have for the mining industry and for society.”

Learn more about the Amira research project here.

High-resolution satellite image showing the extent of the mine tailings failure that occurred at Cadia mine in Australia on 9th March 2018. The post-failure image was captured by the Pleiades satellite on 17th March 2018. Copyright © CNES 2018, Distribution Airbus DS.