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Our mining professionals aim to find solutions to your business challenges and enable opportunity for project viability and wealth.

By engaging GHD, you’ll understand both the business and technical issues involved in delivering optimum project outcomes. The mining industry is a continually changing, competitive environment and together we can develop flexible, innovative solutions.

GHD systems synthesise the geological, mine planning, plant selection, mine infrastructure, tailings and environmental management, operational requirements and financial aspects of mining to address the many conflicting objectives in mine development.

GHD’s services have resulted in significant benefits to the mining business of our clients through improved mine development planning, operations and costing strategies.

Services

  • Exploration planning
  • Resource & coal quality assessments
  • Hydrogeological studies
  • Strategic & detailed operational mine planning
  • Mine scheduling
  • Overburden removal & dump design
  • Mine plant analysis
  • Equipment selection & scoping
  • System reliability evaluation
  • Haul road optimisation
  • Mine infrastructure design
  • Mine ventilation (underground)
  • Design, installation & monitoring of mine dewatering systems
  • Mine closure planning
  • Progressive mine rehabilitation & final closure design
  • EPCM services
  • Project management 

For further information, contact:

Dave Clark 
Service Line Leader, Mining Engineering - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8884
E: Dave clark


Jody Vaillancourt
Service Line Leader, Mining Engineering - North America
T: +1 519 884 0510
E: Jody Vaillancourt

Acoje Nickel Project, ENK

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GHD conducted a bankable feasibility study to cover the key components of the development of ENK’s Acoje nickel mine in the Philippines. This included a concept design for the tailings storage facility, water management planning and supply, power optioneering and transmission line investigations. In addition, GHD undertook environmental studies that included habitat mapping, surface water sampling and project management recommendations.

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Afsin Coal Field

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GHD provided mine engineering assistance to Unit Dogan Dogus Anadolu (UDDA) Energy Investments Consortium to prepare submissions for a number of coal mining projects in Turkey.

It is envisaged that one new mine will supply coal to an existing power station. The other two mine projects will include the construction of two new 1800MW installed capacity coal fired power plants. Each mine is to provide approximately 27.25 million tonnes of coal per annum.

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Anvil Hill Coal Mine

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Centennial Coal engaged GHD to complete the conceptual design for all surface facilities required to support Anvil Hill, one of the largest open cut coalmines to be developed in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

The design scope included a new rail loop, road systems, administration building, workshops, fuelling systems, truck and light vehicle washes, site drainage, power supply and reticulation. The topography of the mine site, located on a flood plain and bordered by an escarpment and plateau above, presented a number of restraints to the design team. Among these was the issue of limited locations for dam storage and integrating the process plant into the water drainage system. Overhead high voltage power lines, which run through the centre of the site, were also a consideration when preparing the designs.

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Az Zabirah Bauxite Project Mine and Refinery

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The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) is undertaking an integrated bauxite, alumina, aluminium and power project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

GHD has provided the mine planning, engineering for the mine site, the mine site village and facilities, and elements of the refinery infrastructure. Aker Solutions is providing the refinery design.

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Bengalla Link and Wybong Roads

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GHD was engaged by Muswellbrook Shire Council to conduct a review of the plans for the Bengalla Link and Wybong Roads that are being constructed as part of the approval requirements for the Bengalla and Anvil Hill Mines.

 

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Cape Alumina Wenlock Bauxite Deposit

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The Wenlock Bauxite Deposit is located on the western side of Cape York Peninsula, east of the township of Weipa.

GHD was commissioned to prepare a scoping study to provide Cape Alumina Pty Ltd with an assessment of mining, beneficiation/tailings, haulage, port/stockpile, water and infrastructure options for bauxite production.

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Crinum East Underground Coal Mine, Queensland

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The Crinum East Underground Coal Mine is located approximately 50km north-east of Emerald, with production planned at 5.5Mtpa for a mine life of 5 years.

GHD was commissioned to carry out detailed design for civil, mechanical and electrical components of ramp and stockpile conveyors, including a sub station.

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Design of Ash Storage Facilities—San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp.

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Two 300 MW coal fired power plants owned by San Miguel Global Power Holdings, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, required the provision of ash storage facilities capable of receiving bottom and fly ash for a design life of 25 years. GHD performed a site investigation, then conceptualised, designed and proposed an innovative, cost-efficient solution that used a dry stack methodology instead of a conventional ash lagoon. GHD’s commission was then extended to detailed design of the ash storage facility.

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Flynn Coal Field

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GHD has recently completed concept and pre-feasibility studies for Monash Energy for their proposed mine development at Flynn in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, Australia. The significant project is a joint development of Anglo American and Shell Gas and Power for a Coal to Liquids (CTL) plant based on brown coal.

The pre-feasibility study was undertaken for a stand-alone mine with a 50-year life. The mine will be required to produce coal at approximately 3600 tonnes/hour or 31.5Mtpa to supply the CTL plant. GHD also conducted a conceptual study for a mine with double the coal supply requirement to indicate changes that would be required if  the capacity of the CTL plant was to be increased .

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Goro Nickel

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The Goro area of New Caledonia contains one of the largest laterite nickel ore deposits in the world, with excellent average mineralisation grade and a very large resource base.

GHD was commissioned by Inco Australia Management to complete three different projects for Goro Nickel SAS of New Caledonia (GNi), including haul road design, analysis of a high wall failure in April 2006 and scheduling management of various minor civil works related to GNi.

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Lateritic Nickel Mining

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GHD has undertaken mine design, life-of-mine planning scheduling and economic evaluation for mine sites owned by Nickel Mining Company (NMC) in New Caledonia.

The four sites are Boakaine, Kouaoua, Poya and Ouaco. Kouaoua, Ouaco and Poya are currently producing limonite ore and/or saprolite nickel ore for export to Korea. Boakaine is a greenfield operation proposed for future development.

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Mine Groundwater Management, Latrobe Valley, Victoria

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Loy Yang Mine is a dedicated open cut coal mine in Victoria, which excavates more than 30 megatonnes of brown coal per year to supply power stations and industry.

GHD has developed numerical groundwater flow models of the mine that were used to assist in the medium and long-term planning of aquifer depressurisation, to test the impact of different aquifer depressurisation strategies and to determine aquifer pressure requirements to maintain mine stability.

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Mine Safety & Risk Assessment Training Project

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GHD provided training services in mine safety and risk assessment practices on behalf of the Government of India.

The training was designed to support development of enhanced occupational health and safety standards and procedures, codes of practices, legislative standards and mine safety information systems.

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Phulbari

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The Phulbari coal basin lies in the north-west of Bangladesh and contains 570Mt of Permian coal resource at depths of 150-300m, overlain by 120m-thick saturated tertiary sandy sediments. Asia Energy Corporation (Bangladesh) Pty Ltd was investigating the feasibility of an open cut mine to supply coal for export and in-country industries.

GHD was involved in the initial phase of work on this project in 1999, and has most recently completed the definitive feasibility study. We also prepared a Competent Persons Report to support capital raising on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Truck lift to cut costs and CO2 emissions in mines

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The mining industry is under constant pressure to stay competitive whilst complying with often conflicting environmental and safety objectives.

Mining operators that remove ore from pits are under constant pressure to stay competitive whilst complying with often conflicting environmental and safety objectives.

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World’s Quietest Caterpillar Truck

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GHD has won international acclaim for its scientifically engineered quiet Caterpillar truck. Developed to comply with stringent noise standards in the Hunter Valley, the trucks are 20 times quieter than an untreated truck.

GHD scientists used advanced acoustics technology to limit the noise emitted by the engine, fan, transmission and differential of the Caterpillar 789C off-highway trucks. Reducing the noise level of the trucks was important because of the proximity of the nearby town of Muswellbrook, just 6km away. The stringent noise standards are regarded globally as industry-leading for open cut coalmines.

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World’s Quietest Truck

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Mt Arthur Coal mine is a large open-cut mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

To meet the most stringent noise limits for mining operations, GHD was commissioned by WesTrac (Caterpillar dealers for NSW/ACT and WA) to acoustically attenuate three Caterpillar 789C off-highway trucks.

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Simon Maher

Simon Maher

Simon is a geologist with 20 years’ experience in the minerals industry, in both the private and public sectors. He has worked in exploration with CRA Exploration and in mining with BHP Billiton; and with GeoScience Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries on strategic coal initiatives. Simon is a Member of the AusIMM.

Service Line Cluster Leader, Mining Engineering & Geosciences
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+61 3 8687 8711

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Dave Clark

Dave Clark

Dave is a principal (mining) geotechnical engineer with more than 23 years’ international experience in the mining environment in specialist open cut mining geotechnical, project Management and director roles with GHD and major mining companies.

Service Line Cluster Leader, Mining Engineering & Geosciences
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+61 3 8687 8884

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Paul Currie

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Paul has over 25 years' experience in the field of mine planning and mining engineering with specialist skills in computer design and planning techniques as well as scheduling and strategic planning. Paul has well developed strengths in engineering planning activities in the mining sector that include detailed feasibility studies, development work planning, earthworks, infrastructure design and project costing. Paul actively consults throughout Australia and the wider Asian region.

T: +61 3 8687 8000

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Ted Waghorne

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Ted is a Principal Mining Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He provides strategic consulting services in relation to mine planning, mine operation, operator training and mine management.

Ted has held senior mine management positions at the major Yallourn and Loy Yang coal mines, including the position of Mine Manager at Loy Yang. He has also held senior positions within consulting and mine technical support groups. Ted provides strategic review services, and conducts risk assessments and due diligence activities. Ted is a Fellow of the AusIMM; and represents the coal industry on a number of bodies.

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