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Geometallurgical Review

Geometallurgy is the integration of geological, mining, metallurgical, environmental and economic information to maximize the Net Present Value of an orebody while minimizing technical and operational risk. One of the key components of geometallurgy is ore characterization. This links the mineralogical variability and the textures of the deposit with 3D block model. Then this data is linked to the production, capex and opex requirements and costs. This allows SGS to factor the ore variability into the flowsheet, infrastructure design, production and quality forecasts over life-of-mine.

SGS has decades of experience using geometallurgy to help companies better manage the risks inherent in exploration and mining. By combining several sets of data that were traditionally kept separate, SGS can help you to make better decisions during both the design and operational phases of your operations. Some of the benefits of a geometallurgical evaluation with SGS include:

  • The plant manager has greater control and ability to predict quarterly performance
  • You will be able to sequence capex and opex spending over life-of-mine
  • Your plant can be designed for best value and viability
  • Your Net Present Value will be maximized, resulting in a better share price
  • An optimized mine plan will make the NPV achievable and the availability of cash flow can be predicted
  • A greater confidence in forecasting will be achieved – our forecasts are guaranteed
  • The increased bankability that results from a transparent, third-party evaluation

SGS offers global leadership in all aspects of geometallurgy. We have:

  • Over a decade of geometallurgy experience
  • Hundreds of completed projects
  • 25,000 samples in our SAG Power Index (SPI) database
  • An unparalleled depth of experience in processing and simulation
  • Services available on every continent
  • Industry-leading independent third party testing services
  • Access to all the traditional modelling tools AND unique, proprietary tools
  • An integrated approach from exploration to production
  • Production forecasting services
  • Production forecasting contracts with major mining companies in a variety of commodities including iron ore and copper
  • The ability to mitigate and evaluate risk on an on-going basis
  • The ability to accurately reconcile during production
  • The proven ability to measure, control then reconcile and correct
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