Mining Project Evaluation

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Environmental issues and others that influence the sustainability of development and progress in emerging markets are often perceived as peripheral.
Environmental issues and others that influence the sustainability of development and progress in emerging markets are often perceived as peripheral. As is the case in South Africa, a lack of awareness and understanding about the interdependence of society, the economy and the environment is striking. Environmental and social practitioners, therefore,...
Santa Rita project, supported by SRK's independent reporting, proceeds despite delays in financing.
In January 2008 SRK took on the role of Independent Engineer (IE) for the project financing for Mirabela Nickel’s Santa Rita project located in Bahia state, Brazil. The Santa Rita project is an open pit mine with a conventional nickel sulfide concentrator. Initially, it was based on a proven and...
SRK completes comprehensive Due Diligence study on complex mining operation in Southern Africa with interdisciplinary team.
SRK recently completed a comprehensive Due Diligence (DD) study on a complex mining operation in Southern Africa. The copper mining operation consists of a complex array of surface and underground ore production operations together with primary and secondary beneficiation facilities. SRK’s approach to DD studies is to involve professional staff...
SRK is participating in Brazil  in project evaluations and studies that require highly specialised skills in sensitive areas
In Brazil mining is energised by a supportive economic and political environment. As South America’s leading economy, Brazil is rich in history and culture, with a combination of geography, population and economy that only a few countries such as the USA and China share. Brazil ranks among the world’s top-five...
Mine closure and rehabilitation are increasingly important costs in mineral property evaluation.
Over the last 15 years, the importance of environmental, social and closure issues in the evaluation of mineral properties (MPE) has significantly changed. While once these issues were generally considered insignificant, they have evolved into an integral component of most MPEs. Many investors have specific environmental, social and closure standards...
SRK assessed continuing potential of Iron Mountain project after 100 years, considering market demand and resource grade.
The Iron Mountain project is located near Cedar City, Utah. The District was discovered in 1849 by Mormon Pioneers, and the iron deposits were mined almost continuously from 1851 to 1995, producing an estimated 88.2Mt. The new board of Palladon Ventures Ltd, the current owner, commissioned SRK to review the...
SRK provides NI 43-101 technical review for East African project, recommends further exploration and metallurgical testing.
SRK was commissioned by a Chinese company to review a copper project located in East Africa. The objectives of the review were to use the data provided to analyse and provide summaries of the results for the client, and comment on any material flaws detected in the project. The SRK...
SRK's geological Risk Method considers geological understanding, mineralization indicators, and market factors to assess valuation of exploration projects.
The valuation of exploration projects that do not contain defined resources is complex, as consideration must be made of both technical and market factors. Technical factors include the level of geological understanding of the project area, the targeted mineralisation style, and the distribution and magnitude of mineralisation indicators defined by...
SRK conducts NI 43-101 compliant feasibility study of Trekkopje uranium planned open pit and heap leach site.
Trekkopje is the site of a green fields project, consisting of a very large, low-grade, shallow uranium resource hosted in calcium carbonate cemented (calcrete) conglomerates. It rests in the arid desert region of western Namibia, in southwestern Africa, situated in gently sloping terrain. Trekkopje will be an open pit operation,...
SRK produces resource estimates for equity markets meeting JORC standards for Russian mining company.
Since 2003 to the present, SRK has partnered with JSC Polymetal in its annual declarations of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. The declarations meet the terms and definitions in the 2004 Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore reserves – the JORC Code, an internationally recognised...
SRK brings value to clients, licence holders and advisers during the due diligence process, whether it involves an IPO, purchase, sale, or borrowing.
The short answer to this important question is Yes – SRK brings value to clients, licence holders and advisers during the due diligence process, whether it involves an IPO, purchase, sale, or borrowing. We are able to do this because of the experience, breadth of knowledge, and communication skills of...
SRK's drilling in West Kalimantan reveals potential base and precious metals mining district as well as known iron mineralisation.
SRK has been evaluating minerals projects in southern West Kalimantan Indonesia for the past four years. This work has been focussed primarily on advising various clients on exploration and development programs for iron ore. Iron mineralisation in this region is hosted predominantly within shales which have been hydrothermally altered and...
SRK provides ongoing environmental management services, including annual site inspections, water quality monitoring, annual regulatory reporting, and closure planning.
The Red Mountain Project near Stewart, British Columbia has been the subject of extensive exploration and development activities since 1989. Seabridge Gold Inc. (“Seabridge”) acquired the Red Mountain Project in February 2002 to provide exceptional returns to shareholders by maximising leverage to the gold price that was expected to rise...
SRK provides technical expertise to El Chanate to maximize shareholder value and optimize mine potential.
With the significant increase in the gold price over the last several years, some smaller mines have had the opportunity to become bigger mines. Capital Gold Corporation’s El Chanate heap leach gold mine, located in the Sonoran desert of Mexico is one such operation. Subsequent to completion of SRK’s Independent...
SRK independently reviews world-wide exploration program to realise potential of newly-acquired exploration assets.
In connection with the acquisition of Falconbridge Ltd., the integration planning team of Xstrata plc commissioned SRK to provide technical guidance for the evaluation of Falconbridge’s exploration assets. SRK’s assignment was to complete a desktop review of Falconbridge’s greenfield exploration assets with a view towards summarising the characteristics of the...
SRK undertook feasibility study of Marwa Wahau coal project, concludes open-cut strip mining operation is optimal mine design.
PT Indo Rak Resources (RAK), a subsidiary of Middle East Coal and a joint owner of the Marwa Wahau deposit along with PT TOP, commissioned SRK to undertake a feasibility study of the property. The thermal coal greenfield project, sitting over a large resource, is poised to be one of...
Talvivaara project in Finland provides a model for economical low-grade bio-heap leaching processes.
Talvivaara is a Greenfield mine development, located in eastern Finland. It is the first application of the bio-heap leaching process for the economic exploitation of low-grade, nickel-zinc sulphide ore bodies. Although not yet in full production, Talvivaara already stands out for using new, innovative technology and for the speed at...
SRK has supported Talvivaara project with independent reporting and operational monitoring.
SRK has been involved with the Talvivaara project since 2006. SRK was appointed by Talvivaara to prepare a Mineral Experts Report for listing on the London Stock Exchange, and subsequently by Standard Bank Plc to prepare a Technical Audit Report for debt finance. Additionally SRK has prepared a revised JORC...
SRK provides operational support to Minto copper mine, including estimates for new mineral areas at the site.
SRK began its relationship with Minto Exploration Ltd. (a 100%-owned subsidiary of Capstone Mining Corp.) in 2006, when it conducted a due diligence review of the Minto copper-gold-silver mine project for a major bank. At that time, the company had just completed a feasibility study and was fast-tracking construction at...
SRK considers social and environmental aspects at new development, operations, and closure in mining audits and reviews.
During 2009, SRK took on several compliance audits for project funders. Through this work, SRK witnessed mines move from merely aiming for compliance with in-country environmental legislation to adopting good practice as outlined in the Equator Principles and other guidelines. Mining companies and financial organisations are working to achieve international...
SRK provides technical support to Hycroft gold mine, expanding scope to include sulfide ore in resource estimation.
Allied Nevada Gold Corp. was formed in 2006 after purchasing a portfolio of over 100 precious metal prospects in Nevada (NV). Their flagship property, Hycroft, located 60 miles west of Winnemucca, NV, was reactivated after a 10-year dormancy period to establish cash flow to fund on-site exploration and to develop...
Brazil's Canastra 1 kimberlite pip, Brazilian Mining Code.
The picturesque Serra da Canastra Kimberlite Province in southwest Minas Gerais is one of several diamondiferous locations in Brazil. The kimberlite bodies are mostly buried along the extensive valley floors and beneath scree deposits. The region has produced approximately 2 million carats of diamonds since the mid-1930s. SRK and Mineral...
SRK provides support to projects in former Soviet Union, understanding different existing standards and data, and advising how to gain international support.
When evaluating projects in Russia, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries, a key challenge is that their data and technical studies have been developed following resource reporting guidelines that differ from the standards many international investors or consultants use. SRK has been involved in CIS projects for many years and has...
In 2006, Sino Gold Limited commissioned SRK to provide an Independent Expert Report on the mines and exploration assets of the company, with the report intended to be submitted to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx). Sino Gold was already listed on the Australian Stock Exchange but wanted...
SRK recognises significance of geology in all aspects of mine planning and design.
A fundamental part of SRK’s approach to project evaluation is the recognition that many of the risk areas associated with mining projects are driven by lack of understanding of the geology of the deposit in question. Typically, there is significant focus on the impact of geology on the resource. This...
SRK completed a full technical due diligence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and authored an Independent Engineer’s Report (IER).
Anvil Mining Limited, a public company listed on the Toronto and Australian Stock Exchanges, is engaged in exploring and developing base metals mineral properties in Southern Africa. Anvil’s principal development asset, the Kinsevere Copper Project, is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is managed via its 95% interest...
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