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Feasibility Studies and life of mine plans

mining project management

FEASIBILITY STUDIES AND LIFE OF MINE PLANS

Open pit

Commodity track record: iron ore, copper, vanadium, cobalt, nickel, lead, zinc, manganese, gold, diamonds, gemstones, PGMs and chrome for concentric, boxcut and strip mining and heavy mineral sands, dry and wet mining. Some of the typical areas of focus for the mining section of these studies are:  

  • Concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • LOM planning and scenarios
  • Pit optimisation and pit selection studies
  • Cut-off grade estimation and optimisation
  • Detailed pit, pushback and dump design
  • Trade-off studies such as mining method
  • Equipment selection, simulation and optimisation
  • Open pit versus underground mining
  • Production and destination scheduling
  • Contractor versus owner-operated fleets
  • Mining block plans
  • Detailed opex and capex models
  • Stockpiling strategy
  • Practical blending strategy and sequential mining
  • Mining and services organogram from specialist studies such as the implementation of a mine planning system, a compliance review or a public technical report. Our approach to mining projects is one that is not generic, but process-driven by suitably experienced teams proficient in the tools best suited for each operation.

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Underground massive mining

Commodity track record: gold, cobalt, copper, diamonds, nickel, lead and zinc on mining methods such as block caving, sublevel caving, open stoping, cut and fill, and other with vertical shaft and/ or decline access systems. Some of the typical areas of focus for the mining section of these studies are:

  • Concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • LOM planning and scenarios
  • Mining method selection
  • Mechanised, hybrid or conventional mining
  • Detailed underground mine and access design
  • Ventilation design
  • Production scheduling
  • Equipment selection and simulation
  • Contractor versus owner-operated mining  
  • Mining block plans and access strategy    
  • Detailed opex and capex models
  • Ore handling strategies
  • Mining and services organogram.

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Coal

We conduct studies on underground development and high-extraction board and pillar mining, opencast, mini-pits, strip mining and terrace mining for local and export thermal coal, metallurgical coal and anthracite. Some of the typical areas of focus for the mining section of these studies are:

  • Concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • LOM planning and scenarios
  • Underground ventilation design
  • Value distribution models (define opencast limits)
  • Washing strategy to determine optimum coal products
  • Detailed boxcut, strip, rollover and dump design
  • Production and destination scheduling
  • Contractor versus owner-operated fleets
  • Equipment selection and simulation
  • Mining block plans and access strategy
  • Value distribution models (define underground limits)
  • Detailed underground mine design
  • Stockpiling strategy
  • Detailed opex and capex models
  • Mining and services organogram.

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Underground narrow tabular mining

Commodity track record: PGMs, gold, manganese and chrome on conventional, hybrid and mechanised mining methods with vertical shaft and/or decline access systems. Some of the typical areas of focus for the mining section of these studies are:

  • Concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • LOM planning and scenarios
  • Mining method selection (could be more than one)
  • Detailed underground mine and ramp design
  • Ventilation and dewatering strategy
  • Production scheduling
  • Equipment selection and simulation
  • Contractor versus owner-operated mining  
  • Mining block plans and access strategy      
  • Detailed opex and capex models    
  • Ring design
  • Stockpiling, blending and ore handling strategies
  • Mining and services organogram.

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