NICHE SERVICES

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MANAGING RISK: iCU CONTRACT METHODOLOGY

A risk management contracting strategy on either of the FIDIC or NEC3 platforms, which is particularly well suited to dynamic project environments. This cost effective approach – which typically yields savings of the order of 30% relative to conventional contracting methodologies, has been successfully utilised over the past 25 years on a large number of infrastructure and mining projects. The aggregate value of projects implemented by means of the iCU approach to date exceeds one billion dollars.

UNIQUE SOLUTIONS: TREATMENT OF MINING EFFLUENT

Effluents produced both by mining activities and mineral processing plants require treatment to ensure that they are safe for discharge into the environment beyond the boundaries of the mine. ULS designs processes and associated infrastructure for cyanide detoxification facilities, and conducts audits to ensure that all cyanide treatment and handling facilities are designed in compliance with the ICMI code of practice. ULS also designs infrastructure for the treatment of both acid mine drainage (AMD) and general mine effluent. With specific reference to AMD treatment, ULS employs a patented process which not only cleans AMD water, but also recovers almost all of the dissolved pollutants for beneficiation into saleable products.

INNOVATIVE CONSULTING: PHASED EXPENDITURE – EARLY REVENUES (PEER)

Through our PEER (Phased Expenditure – Early Revenues) review process, we apply recognised cost-benefit principles to enhance project viability by reducing, deferring or avoiding capital expenditure and limiting operational expenditure. In this way we aim to breathe new life into potential projects by bringing revenue forward and reducing and deferring costs. Working with the Client we are able to enhance internal rates of return and turn marginal projects in sustainable mining developments.

PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS (MEP)

ULS has developed a Matrix of Evaluation and Performance (MEP) measurement process which provides additional information to the metallurgical recovery calculated numbers of a given minerals processing solution. This helps the client and plant operator to make appropriate technology choices relevant to specific conditions as opposed to relying simply on the recommendations of the plant manufacturers selling standard solutions. This can impact on metallurgical performance of “recovery” and significantly improve efficiencies of plant operators outputs.


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