Suncor South Tailings Pond

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) designed an external tailings facility, the South Tailings Pond, at Suncor’s oil sands mine near Fort McMurray. In total KCB delivered designs for external tailings dykes; seepage control, groundwater management and surface water management. The tailings dyke design considered issues of stability for variable foundation conditions. The management of groundwater and seepage focused on the underlying buried channel and tailings impacts on surrounding groundwater and surface water features. The key component of the surface water management design was the diversion of surface water and development of an innovative riparian wetlands habitat.

KCB provided engineering construction support for the starter dyke, including a full time resident engineer, construction inspection, borrow source identification and development and provision of all construction drawings and specifications.


  • Tailings dyke design
  • Hydrogeological modelling
  • Groundwater management
  • Surface water management design
  • Regulatory support
  • Engineering construction support
Suncor South Tailings Pond 4 years ago
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