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Plant Performance Review & Optimisation


  • Site visits and collection of current and historical operating data
  • Definition and supervision of plant metallurgical surveys for plant performance evaluation
  • Identification of plant bottlenecks
  • Definition, supervision and evaluation of mineralogical studies and metallurgical testing (on-plant sampling, geo-metallurgical investigations, laboratory testwork and/or plant trials)
  • Assessment, reporting and optimisation of equipment/plant utilisation and availability
  • Review of operating costs and identification of potential savings
  • Cost benefit analysis of modifications and/or changes


Feed to a plant changes over the life of the mine and the equipment and the overall process may need to be adjusted to maintain optimum performance.

SRK looks for a total solution, from the integration with the mining operation, through the entire processing facility including products and waste treatment and the provision of all utilities and services.  Each area can affect overall performance of the process plant.

SRK adopts a hands on approach and where possible would visit the plant/operation to:

  • Observe and discuss current plant operation practices with site personnel
  • Understand the interface issues between the mine – plant – product handling facilities
  • Collect detailed current and historical operating data
  • Collect equipment details to be able to assess performance and improvement potential
  • Conduct detailed plant and/or equipment surveys
  • Review and assess the metallurgical controls in place
  • Identify any testing requirements
  • Collect operating cost data and local capital cost information
  • Prepare an evaluation of plant performance and potential improvements or modifications
  • Identify the capital and operating costs of improvements, together with an evaluation of the benefits, and prepare an overall cost-benefit analysis for management evaluation


  • Broad exposure to numerous operations and processes
  • Familiarity with evaluation and interpretation of plant performance and operating data


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