Mining projects typically require the widest breadth of technical capabilities: geologists, mining planners, environmentalists, First Nations and community support and metallurgists—along with the standard cast of engineering and construction specialists, are usually necessary. Often these projects require significant infrastructure—roads, rail, pipelines, conveyors, ports, loading facilities, airstrips, power plants and camp facilities. In many cases, given the remote locations, infrastructure can account for 50% of the cost of the project. Sometimes the biggest challenges on these projects is the logistics of getting equipment, materials and people to and from the site.
IEDG team members have held leadership positions on mining projects on six continents. We have experience in gold, nickel, iron ore, chromium, potash, copper, zinc and a long list of additional commodities in some of the most remote locations and challenging climates in the world.
We can help our clients:
- Make sense of the complex logistics and strategies often involved by supporting them with the expertise required as needed to develop realistic estimates, establish reasonable timelines and priorities and manage the cast of technical experts and studies.
- Reduce their overhead costs by providing the right expertise as needed rather than requiring them to hire a full-time team.
- Set up and staff a project management office and governance system to manage the contractors and to ensure the owner’s interests are protected.
- Conduct M&A due diligence of projects to ensure the new acquisition is set up for success.
- Coach and mentor owner project team members to help them see hidden obstacles and set up for long-term success.