La Libertad Mine

La Libertad is an open-pit gold mine located in the Chontales department of Nicaragua. Tierra Group’s team was initially involved at La Libertad in 1998 when a geologic hazard assessment was performed, which identified a major landslide that was disrupting heap leaching operations. In 2006, processing at La Libertad was converted from heap leaching to a conventional CIP mill circuit with plans to ramp up to a 5,500 tpd production rate. At that time, Tierra Group engineers designed La Esperanza TSF, a 2.1-km long, 35-m high, earthfill tailings dam with an HDPE lined impoundment footprint of 840,000 m2.

Stage 1 of the Esperanza TSF was constructed in 2008 and commissioned in 2009. In 2012, Tierra Group engineers completed design and performed Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) for the third of four stages of dam raises and facility expansions before the useful facility life is exhausted. Tierra Group recently completed an expansion analysis to study expanding the facility beyond its originally-planned extents, and is currently designing the Stage 4 expansion. In anticipation of La Esperanza’s closure, Tierra Group has initiated a siting study to identify a new TSF location and initiated conceptual closure and reclamation planning for La Esperanza TSF.


Project Highlights

  • Geologic Hazard Assessment
  • Detailed Design for Construction
  • Earthfill Conventional TSF
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Feasibility Design
  • CQA
  • As-Built Drawings and Report
  • Operations Plans
  • Dam Monitoring

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Customer Testimonial

"By providing excellent service during design, construction, expansion, and operations, Tierra Group International has become an integral part of our La Libertad tailings storage team. Their ability to provide professional field and office engineering as well as on-site training makes Tierra Group International our primary resource for geotechnical and tailings projects."

Peter Montano, Manager, Mine Engineering, B2Gold Corp.