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Operational & Corporate Support

 

Operational Reviews and Audits

  • MineScope has carried out more than twenty Strategic & Operational Reviews of existing Process Plants, Infrastructure and Tailings/Water Management systems, globally.

  • The reviews focus on identifying deviations in plant performance through changes in ore type or changes in operational strategy which compromise the original design performance criteria.

  • The reviews also spend significant time considering the existing operational systems, organisational structure, interaction with associated operational groups and site project management capability and capacity.

Asset Integrity

MineScope has assisted its key clients to:

  • Develop the Corporate Policy and Guidelines on Asset Management.

  • Carried out a Gap Analysis across the portfolio of operations evaluating current performance against the newly developed corporate standards.

  • Developed customised site and group plans to close the knowledge and skills gaps to meet the newly developed corporate standards.

Closure and Rehabilitation Planning

MineScope has assisted its key clients to:

  • Engage with executive management to develop the Corporate Policy and Guidelines on mine closure and rehabilitation planning that complies with corporate and site commitments to multiple external and local standards.

  • Carried out a Gap Analysis across the entire portfolio of operations, evaluating current performance against newly developed corporate standards.

  • Developed customised site and group plans to close the knowledge and skills gaps to meet the newly developed corporate standards.

Projects & Studies

Liranda Gold Project, Acacia Mining Plc – Scoping Study

MineScope has completed a Scoping Study for Acacia Mining PLC considering the development of two greenfield deposits located within the Liranda corridor, an undeveloped mining area in West Kenya, near Lake Victoria. The project scope included underground mine design, process plant and surface infrastructure, TSF, paste fill, hydrology, geohydrology, non-process infrastructure, site administration and security.

 

Golden Eagle Expansion, Millennium Minerals Pty Ltd - Feasibility Study

Millennium Minerals was considering an upgrade of the existing Golden Eagle process plant in Western Australia to allow viable processing of the primary and partially refractory ores onsite. MineScope provided short-term strategic input to establish the Feasibility Study parameters as well as ongoing Study Management services.  MineScope also developed the process flowsheet upgrade requirements and supporting metallurgical test-work program.

 

Bulyanhulu Gold Mine, Barrick Gold Corporation/Acacia Mining Plc - Optimisation and Restart Study

A mixed team of in-house staff and external specialists completed an Optimisation Study to evaluate various business cases to possibly allow a re-start of the Bulyanhulu Gold mine.

MineScope managed the study, as well as providing resources to support the study team, including operational readiness support, metallurgical and process engineering support, and in-country testwork implementation.

 

Nyabirama Underground, North Mara Gold Mine, Barrick Gold Corporation - Pre-Feasibility Study

MineScope delivered a Pre-feasibility level study investigating the potential options to develop an underground mining operation at the North Mara gold mine.The study included underground mine optimisation and design, infrastructure and services, operational integration, tailings and fill management, capital and operating cost estimation and supporting Life of Mine modelling.MineScope managed the study on behalf of the client as well as assembling an expert team comprising in-house and external specialists to deliver the study.

Due Diligence & Acquisition*

 

MineScope has completed a range of Due Diligence activities including management of the overall Technical Due Diligence review as well as specialist technical support and early stage fatal flaw analysis. Several examples of MineScope’s activities are provided below in a way which continues to protect both our clients and project confidentiality.

 

Company Level Acquisition (Africa)

MineScope provided overall management and key technical discipline experts for the Technical Due Diligence review of a potential company acquisition consisting of multiple complex operations in remote locations. The due diligence required a bespoke team of experts tailored to meet the needs and breadth of the review.  MineScope ultimately delivered the review using a mix of client specialists with regional knowledge in combination with MineScope and external technical consultants with key expertise.

Company Level Acquisition (South America)

MineScope provided the technical team for the geology, mining, metallurgy, process plant and surface infrastructure, environmental, social and closure aspects of a Due Diligence review of a potential company acquisition with two underground mine operations in remote locations in South America.

 

Project Level Acquisition (Central Asia)

MineScope provided Process and Water Management technical support to a detailed Technical Due Diligence review of a potential large mine acquisition.  The MineScope technical experts worked closely with the client specialists and other external consultants under the due diligence management of SRK.

Company Level Acquisition (Africa/Middle East)

MineScope was requested to conduct a Technical Review of a potential acquisition. Due to the uncertainty about the interest of the other party in the potential acquisition, a staged review was used allowing the team to focus initially on a Fatal Flaws Analysis. This analysis highlighted critical differences in valuation and operational risk appetite allowing for early termination of the process by our client once the issues became apparent. This allowed the review team to focus on other prospects rather than seeing to completion a process that was unlikely to succeed.

*Client Confidentiality is protected.

General Process & Metallurgical Consultings

MineScope also carries out specialist Process Engineering, Metallurgy and Study Scoping consulting activities to support project owners. These specialised projects include:

  • Provision of Group Metallurgical services to multiple small to mid-tier clients; and

  • “In-house” metallurgical and process engineering support to a range of clients and commodities including Marillana Iron Ore Project (Mineral Resources Limited), Sadiola Gold Mine – Sulphides (Allied Gold), Ity Gold Mine – Refractory (Endeavour Mining Corporation), Kalium Lakes Production Model (Kalium Lakes), Operational Metallurgical Support (Golden Star Resources)

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