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Etoile Cu-Co Mine
Etoile Cu-Co Mine

DRC:

IMC were commissioned by Chemaf SPRL to produce a feasibility study on the Cu-Co deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo, capable of producing LME Grade A copper cathode. As part of the study, IMC drew up the Invitations for Bid (IFB) document for metallurgical testwork and plant design. During the course of the study, IMC made monthly visits to the selected company's headquarters in order to monitor progress and assist in decision making.

Open Cast Coal Mine
Open Cast Coal Mine

Russia: 

IMC were invited by a confidential client to produce an MER for the company's coal assets. The client has ownership of over 30 open cast and underground mines, all of which were individually assessed by IMC in the report. The consultant also assessed the client's seven coal preparation plants and associated processing facilities.

Indonesia:
A report was required on the technical, environmental, project management and financial aspects of a proposed major expansion in the company’s nickel production capabilities. Reserves were re-estimated and the expansion designs, power supply and associated environmental proposals were assessed.

Kosovo:
Assisted with the forced shutdown of a lead smelter.  The consultant undertook a review of the smelter operations and environmental issues with a view to re-commissioning.

Portugal:
Provided an opinion to Empresa Desenvolvimento de Mineiro (EDM) on the robustness of the processing route proposed by EuroZinc in their Feasibility Study on the Aljustrel polymetallic deposit.  The opinion was based on examination of pilot testwork results and a deep knowledge of the processing aspects of ores of the Iberian Pyrite Belt.

Peru:
Provided expert strategy advice on process optimisation at the San Rafael Tin mine.

Macedonia:
Process de-bottlenecking of the SASA Lead-Zinc plant.  A preliminary design and order of magnitude cost estimate was completed.

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Metal and Mineral Processing

IMC’s experience is very broadly based and covers a wide range of minerals, metals and energy sector deposits.
The consultant has provided services in all aspects of mineral processing and the following brief profiles represent a few of the recent and most significant projects undertaken in this sector and have been selected to illustrate the breadth and geographic spread of the company's experience:

Nokkundi Iron Ore Specimen
Nokkundi Iron Ore Specimen

Pakistan:
Investigating beneficiation of magnetic iron ore from the Nokkundi deposit for Bolan Mining Enterprises, carrying out a phased study including sampling and laboratory tests to develop an optimised flow sheet, pilot plant tests with a 30 tonne bulk sample, followed by an engineering study including layout of equipment, arrangement drawings, technical specifications, determination of relevant economic parameters for the future operation.

Rock Salt Conveyor at Heilbronn Mine
Rock Salt Conveyor at Heilbronn Mine

Germany:
Assisting Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke AG, Heilbronn to develop alternative cleaning technologies for rock salt production comprising of laboratory analysis and pilot plant tests, studies and basic engineering of technological alternatives and modifications of special areas of process control and automation of the plant. The client also requested checks and reports about possible risks of contaminations of the saleable products on the complete transport and handling route, from underground mining via hoisting, storing, preparation, until the loading on ships, rail cars and trucks.

Dilband Iron Ore Deposit
Dilband Iron Ore Deposit

Pakistan:
Prepared a feasibility study on the beneficiation of oolitic iron ore from the Dilband deposit in the province of Beluchistan for Bolan Mining Enterprises. Carried out a phased study including sampling and laboratory tests, to develop an optimised flow sheet with pilot tests on a 30 tonne bulk sample and prepared an engineering study for the plant layout including cost estimates.

Smelting Process
Smelting Process

Poland:
Investigated the re-processing of a waste dump of the former ferrochrome smelting plant „Siechnica“ located in Wroclaw, containing approximately 3.5 Mt of slag with 4.5% of recoverable ferrochrome. The objective of the study was to determine an environmentally compatible, economic process for transformation of the slag into individual saleable products.

Kazakhstan:
Assigned the task to increase the capacity of the Zairemsky GOK manganese ore processing plant from 600,000 to 1,200,000 tpa. The consultants task lay in remodelling the plant during the on-going operation, carrying out a bottleneck analyses, process optimisation, plant design, procurement of equipment, supervision of implementation and commissioning.