1994 to date - Self Employed Independent Consultant
Engineering services to clients in the international mining and metallurgy industry. Projects are listed below by geographical area and include:
South East Asia
Project Manager Minerals & Metals, WorleyParsons Indonesia
A one year assignment to develop the Minerals and Metals business for WorleyParsons in Indonesia and the region. This was achieved by building relationships with existing mining operations in Indonesia, compilation and submission of various proposals for minerals and metals related projects.
Project Manager - Masara Gold Project
Management of Basic Engineering; Detailed Design; Procurement and Construction of the Phase 2 expansion to the Masara Gold Plant in Mindanao, Philippines. Detailed Design and Construction through the use of local contractors.
Project Manager – Black Fox Mill Complex Expansion
A six month assignment to expand and re-commission the Mill Complex in Ontario, Canada. This required: procurement and installation of a new primary ball mill and a new cone crusher and screen; liaison with GBM’s design team in London, UK; coordinating international equipment suppliers; managing the site project team, local fabrication and erection contractors, together with liaison with mine management and staff.
Project Manager - St Andrew Goldfields Stock Mill Upgrade
Preliminary design and cost estimation to expand the Mill at the Stock complex from 1300 to 3000 tonnes of ore per day with the addition of a new SAG mill circuit, expanding the CIP circuit together with a conversion to CIL, and installing parallel elution and carbon regeneration circuits.
Project Manager - St Andrew Goldfields Mine Restart
A five month assignment to re-commission the 'mothballed' Stock Mill Complex in Ontario, Canada. This necessitated: procurement and installation of a replacement cone crusher and screen; liaison with GBM's design team in London, UK; coordinating international equipment suppliers; managing local fabrication and erection contractors, together with liaison with mine management and staff. The project was successfully concluded with a gold pour ahead of schedule.
Bolivar Gold Choco Project
Lead Engineer for the Process Plant and Infrastructure aspects of a Scoping Study for the expansion of the Choco gold mine.
Bolivar Gold Choco Project
Review of construction progress. Project Management of final construction and commissioning.
Project leader for a mechanical and electrical audit of the graphite/gemstone mine in Tanzania.
Project Manager - Sierra Rutile Dredge 2
Development of Project Schedule and Capital Expenditure Estimate for the completion of the D2 Dredge and Power Generation Plant that had been suspended at the outbreak of war 12 years earlier.
Co-ordination of procurement, fabrication and supply of new irrigation pipework and ADR columns for increased production from a gold heap leach operation in Guinea.
Sierra Rutile Audit
Mechanical and civil audit of the Dredge, Wet Plant and Land Plants, together with all associated mine equipment, of a mineral sands operation in Sierra Leone. Planning, costing and scheduling the resumption of the project, following a resolution of the political situation. Familiarisation with a mineral sands operation in West Australia.
Engineering Project Manager - Billiton Bogosu Gold Ltd, Ghana
A one year assignment in Ghana (site based) to manage all mechanical and civil engineering projects. Taking responsibility for cost estimating and budgetary control. These included minor plant modifications; installation of a ventilation system in the Assay Laboratory including gas scrubbers; commissioning of a bulk fuel, lube and waste oil facility; construction of a village for relocated inhabitants; refurbishment of the plant mess and construction and equipping of the kitchen; construction of new Supply and Project offices; construction and equipping of a new change house; provision of culverts, crossing gates and speed control devices for mine haul roads; design of a new gold room and a dump truck service bay.
Mechanical audit and subsequent assistance in client/contractor negotiations for a gold tailings treatment plant in Ghana.
Bambari Pre-Feasibility Study
Overall responsibility for a Pre-Feasibility Study of the Bambari gold mine to NI-43-101. Coordination of mining, process plant and tailings management specialists.
Bambari Scoping Study
Compilation of a Scoping Study for the Bambari gold deposit in the Central African Republic.
Sea Diamonds Pre-Feasibility Study
Costing of an experimental underwater system for the recovery of diamonds off the coast of Namibia.
Nchanga Due Diligence
Review of the ZCCM Nchanga open pit, underground mine, concentrator and ancillary services on behalf of Glencore International.
KNNN Competent Person’s Report
Review of the capital expenditure requirements for Konkola, Nchanga, Nkana & Nampundwe mines, as required by the LSE.
Muliashi North Feasibility Study
Preliminary design and costing of a ‘green field’ project in Zambia, comprising an open pit mine, heap leach, solvent extraction and electrowin facility.
Roan Antelope Technical Audit
Review of all mechanical equipment and practices on the Luanshya and Baluba Mines and Concentrators following privatisation.
ZCCM Competent Person’s Report
Review of the capital expenditure requirements for each division of ZCCM, as part of the requirement for the London Stock Exchange.
ZCCM PS Converters
Preparation of bid documents for replacement Pierce-Smith converters for Nkana copper smelter.
ZCCM Off Gas Handling
Bid evaluation, negotiation and procurement of Main Gas Blowers for the sulphuric acid plant at Nkana Division.
Konkola Underground Equipment
Underground crusher, conveyor and mobile equipment specification and selection for the Konkola Deep project in Zambia.
Former Soviet Union
Amantaytau Feasibility Study
Design and specification of surface infrastructure facilities to support an underground mining operation in Uzbekistan, to replace the existing open pits. The work included preparation of Capital estimates.
Suzdal Sulphide Project Assitance
A three month assignment on site (in Kazakhstan) to maximise on-site construction activities before winter. This involved liaison with local design institutes, mechanical, structural, civil and electrical contractors to provide refurbished metallurgical equipment and used structures to site.
Preparation of the Technical Specification of a 15 m (depth) dredge for inclusion in the Invitation to Tender Documents for an alluvial gold operation in Siberia.
Khandiza Pre-Feasibility Study
Preliminary design and estimates of Capex and Operating Costs for a lead/zinc/copper deposit in Uzbekistan.
Siberian Gold Deposits
Member of the team investigating potential gold mining projects in the Altai region of Siberia, Russia, for Crowe Schaffalitzky.
Tabas Coal Project
Lead Engineer, coordinating a team responsible for basic engineering, and equipment specification for the Tabas Coal Project in Iran.
Al-Amar Feasibility Study
Preliminary design of a lead/zinc/copper deposit Saudi Arabia.
Lomero-Poyatos Feasibility Study
Preliminary infrastructure design and capital estimate to resume mining of the Lomero-Poyatos gold and base metal deposit, together with a review of the existing facilities at the Almagrera concentrator/roaster/acid plant in Spain.
Pirites Alentejanas Concentrator
Valuation of the process equipment installed at a lead/zinc/copper mine in Portugal.
Trepca Management and Advisory Team
Consultant Mechanical Engineer directing the environmental clean-up, making safe, and preparation for re-starting the Trepca mines, concentrators, smelter, refinery and other facilities in Kosovo.
Norzink Expansion Feasibility Study
Preliminary design and costing for the expansion of the Norzink zinc refinery in Norway. This was to comprise: up-grade of the concentrate unloading and storage areas; a new roaster and acid plant; expansion of the leaching and purification area; a new electrowinning tankhouse; up-grade of the foundry (melting and casting); new export facilities and extension of the site services.
Trepca Acid Tanks
Survey of the concentrated sulphuric acid storage tanks at the Trepca lead/zinc facility in Kosovo.
Conceptual design and costing of the infrastructure section of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the Storliden and Norrliden poly-metallic mine project in Sweden.
Olympias Gold Project
Review of the capital estimate and infrastructure design contained in the Bankable Feasibility Study for the Olympias gold project in Greece, on behalf of Deutsche Bank.
Eurogold Ovacik Audit
Mechanical audit of the Ovacik gold/silver mine in Turkey to assess the existing care and maintenance program, a review of the Y2K compliance program, and recommendations for work required prior to start up.
MOS Carbon Regeneration Furnace
Evaluation of tenders for a horizontal rotary furnace for Mines d’Or de Salsigne in France. Design and cost estimation of the ancillaries and support structure, tender issue and evaluation, fabrication and erection supervision.
Galmoy Tender Evaluation
Bid evaluation and assistance with contract negotiation for the zinc/lead mine in Ireland.
1989-1994 Techpro Mining & Metallurgy Limited
Ashford, Kent, England
Lead Design Engineer - co-ordination of all disciplines of engineering design and procurement for a Heap Leach/Solvent Extraction/ Electrowin facility in Iran. Liaison with the joint venture partner, the client and suppliers. The constructed capital cost of the project was approximately £20 million.
Responsible to the Project Manager and the Principal Engineer.
Mechanical Engineer - engineering support for a variety of projects, including tender preparation for a copper concentrator in Zaire; design and equipment selection for underground pump chambers; design and equipment selection for an underground filter chamber; fastrack design and procurement of a backfill plant (for mine support); redeepening of a sub vertical shaft; supervision/liaison with contractors on site during a 12 month secondment to the redeepening project in Zambia.
Responsible to the Lead Design Engineer and the Project Engineer.
1985-1988 RUC Mining Contracting Co Ltd
Alberton, Transvaal, South Africa
Engineer, Shaft Sinking and Tunnelling Division - technical liaison with suppliers and clients. Supervision of winder and headgear installation and commissioning. Liaison with RUC drawing office over stage, plug and bank steelwork design. Inspection of equipment during manufacture. Responsible to the General Manager, Shaft Sinking and Tunnelling (SS&T) Division.
Engineer, Head Office Services - supervision of site construction, erection, transport, service exchange and plant hire.
Liaison with other divisions and client. Responsible to Engineering Manager.
Drilling Engineer, Unidrilling Division - supervision of all field maintenance. Liaison with Regional Managers and equipment suppliers.
Rationalisation of legal appointments throughout the division. Responsible to General Manager Unidrilling.
1983-1985 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (PTY) Ltd
Vereeniging/Vanderbijlpark, Transvaal, South Africa
>Resident Engineer, Broderick Works - supervision of electrical, mechanical and building maintenance, and construction within the works. Selection of new equipment. Technical liaison with production departments. Supervision of Site Security and Safety Department, ensuring compliance with statutory safety and health requirements. Responsible to General Manager.
Assistant Resident Engineer (Mechanical), Vecor Vanderbijlpark Works - supervision of mechanical and building maintenance, and construction within the works. Technical liaison with production departments. Assistance with site security, statutory safety and health requirements. Responsible to Resident Engineer.
1980-1983 Western Deep Levels Gold Mine Limited
Carletonville, Transvaal, South Africa
Section Engineer, No 2 TV Shaft - supervision of electrical and mechanical maintenance and construction on the section. Supervision of mine winding, refrigeration, underground transport and pumping. Statutory examination of winding engines, shafts, ropes and conveyances. Supervision of the installation and commissioning of a mine winder. Co-ordination of the design of the main pump station, shaft bottom dewatering system and extension of the underground refrigeration plant. Responsible to Divisional Engineer, No 2 Shaft.
1978-1980 Impala Platinum Limited
Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Junior Engineer - familiarisation with the requirements of the South African mining industry and legislation. Project work under the supervision of Consulting Engineers. Responsible to Resident Engineer Wildebeesfontein Mine, through his Section Engineers.