Process-Metals Accounting Audits
Metal accounting audits can be required for a number of reasons. For example, it could be necessary as part of an assessment and improvement of plant metallurgical performance, or as a check on security issues around the plant, or as part of a mine-wide metallurgical accounting exercise. As part of these activities, it is necessary to audit the historical operating data, the actual physical plant and equipment, and plant inventory details.
- Use of experienced metallurgical engineers
- Site visits and current and historical data collection
- Plant metallurgical inventory reviews
- Review of operating practices pertinent to metal accounting issues
- Detailed reporting identifying issues requiring attention and potential improvements to the overall metal accounting practice and procedures
- SRK are also able to undertake International Cyanide Code auditing of operations using accredited staff
SRK would always visit the plant/operation in order to:
- Collect current and historical operating data including feed, products and waste stream information
- Review and assess the different measurement methods used in the normal plant accounting process (e.g. conveyor weightometer accuracy, slurry mass flow instrumentation)
- Undertake an inventory audit including items of equipment and overall operation in order to identify specific metal inventory issues within the circuit and where necessary to instigate a full circuit inventory exercise
- Comment on any security issues that may affect metal accounting
- Review the metal accounting procedures
- Report the results of the metal accounting audit, identifying any shortcomings in the practice and procedures used with recommendations for improvement
SRK has access to a broad base of personnel who have experience of different operations and processes and are familiar with the normal accounting methods used on metallurgical plants throughout the world.