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Open Pit Mine Design, Planning & Engineering

The bulk of the world’s minerals come from open pit mines which depend on moving large volumes of rock to keep unit production costs low. In a business where profit margins depend on cyclical metal prices, it is vital to run an efficient operation based on an optimal mine design and scheduling.


SRK understands that a successful project must be commissioned on time and within budget. The SRK team can provide a number of services to mining companies to assist in achieving this.  This range of services includes:

  • Scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Reviews of mining methods and technical audits
  • Reviews and re-optimisations of reserves
  • Audits and development of mine designs and schedules
  • Operational Audits and assistance/guidance for implementing improvements
  • Due diligence
  • Competent person reports
  • Project reviews
  • Stock market listing reports


SRK’s mine planners have extensive industry experience gained at operations around the globe. This experience allows a comprehensive life of mine plan to be derived for every type of ore body.

A common assignment is for SRK to review an existing mine and suggest ways to extend its life through cut-backs and optimisation of design, taking account of changes in metal prices or revised geotechnical parameters.

SRK also has the experience to assist you to improve your operational productivity through a variety of initiatives, varying from managing operational issues such as maintenance and cycle times, to technical issues like blast design and mining sequence.


SRK has a proven track record of optimising and designing open pits around the world. Recent projects include:

Malanjkhand Copper Mine, India. An operational review recommended improvements which led to a 20% increase in production and an extension of the life of mine by 15 years.

Damang Extension Project, Ghana. Prior to SRK’s involvement, this gold mine was about to close. SRK’s review of the geology resulted in an additional 10 years mine life.

Skouries Project, Greece. Large Porphyry Copper Mine, Greece. SRK undertook a feasibility study on this project including the determination of the optimal boundary between the open pit and underground operations.

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