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Mr Damian Connelly Expert Witness

Principal Metallurgist working as a Consultant. Extensive experience gained in all commodities and extractive processes including gold, copper, lead zinc, nickel, uranium and iron ore, titaniu, and vanadium. Specialist in comminution, gravity, flotation, hydrometallurgy, CIP/CIL and Merril Crowe gold & refractory gold metallurgy, heap leaching, bacterial leaching, solvent extraction and electrowinning.

Damian has worked on many major projects incuding flowsheet design, process improvements, cost reduction, conceptual project development, trouble shooting, engineering tenders and financial audits. Career employment with BHAS, Zinc Corp, Peko Wallsend, Bougainville Copper, Hamersley Iron, Roxby Mgt Services, KMA Pty Ltd, Harbour Lights Mining, Aztec Mining, METS Pty Ltd over some 35 years.

Experience has been gained in plant operations, feasibility studies, detailed design, construction and commissioning and all unit operations. A wealth of hands-on operating experience as a foreman, plant metallurgist, plant superintendent, chief metallurgist and project manager which has provided a solid base to mix with engineering and construction management. Damian has also run courses in Metallurgical Accounting and Mineral Processing for industry participants.

The last 21 years have been spent working as a Principal Consulting Metallurgist for Mineral Engineering Technical Service Pty Ltd for Mining, Banking and Engineering Companies both within Australasia and overseas.

Documents
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Specialities
  • Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies – Design
  • Due Diligence
  • Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Management services
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
  • Operational management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Training and Education
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Industrial Minerals – Other
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Rare Earths
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
  • Vanadium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Brazil
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS

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Mr Christopher Desoe
Mining EngineerAustralian Mine Design & DevelopmentMining Engineer

Chris is a director of Australian Mine Design & Development (AMDAD) and manages their Brisbane office. He is an engineer with 20 years of experience in hardrock mining and industrial minerals projects.
This experience includes involvement in evaluation, design, development, operations and research in over 70 mining projects throughout Australia, the South Pacific, South East Asia, China, West Africa, South America and Europe.

Chris has extensive computer capability, particularly in mine planning and design applications. He is skilled in the use of Surpac and Whittle mine planning software, as well as project management applications. Extensive involvement in fesasibility studies and other evaluation and design work is supported by more than 10 years’ operations experience in underground and open cut mining.

Specialities
  • Open Cut and Underground Metal Mine Planning & Design
  • Pit Optimisation
  • Feasibility and Evaluation
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland

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Mr George Edwards Expert Witness
ManagementSAI Global LimitedManagement

Over 40 years’ experience covers coal and coke research (BHP), coal utilisation and marketing (Joint Coal Board), marketing and market development (Coal and Allied) and Chairman/Chief Executive (Consol in Australia) and Chairman (Standards Australia).
Started Consultancy on 1st January 1985 and subsequently involved in a coal mine acquisitions/sales (for self and others), management of mining operations, coal utilisation and marketing, trading coke coals and coal blends, property evaluations and feasibility studies, industry overviews and strategies, government relations, energy studies, coal preparation, information services and corporate govenance/risk management.
Director: SAI Global Limited

Qualifications
  • BSc(Tech) NSW 1967
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FFAICD, FEI (UK), FAIE, CEng
Specialities
  • Coal Utilisation, Marketing & Sales
  • Property Evaluation/Feasibility
    Mine Equity Purchases/Sales
    Corporate Governance, Risk Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Coal washing
  • Independent expert valuations
  • New technology, research and development
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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Mr Peter Goldner Expert
GeologistGoldner & AssociatesGeologist – Expert Witness

Peter graduated from Sydney University in 1967 with a Batchelor of Science Honours degree and has worked continuously as a practising geologist in numerous roles in Australia and overseas. He has extensive knowledge and experience in exploration, development and production aspects of the mining industry using a wide variety of geological and geophysical techniques; supervision and implementation of large exploration programs with annual budgets in excess of AU$18 million; provision of technical and commercial advice to client companies; target generation and country studies; exploration and evaluation of numerous deposit styles and commodities in a wide variety of geographical and geopolitical environments.
Peter is a former member of the VALMIN committee.
He has commercial experience in the negotiation of a large and diverse range of joint venture and acquisition/divestment agreements; preparation of technical reports for public documents such as prospectuses, information memoranda and documents associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestments; involvement in due diligence studies and reviews; negotiation with government departments; preparation of mining and exploration project valuations; involvement in the formation and subsequent public listing of an exploration company.
Peter was instrumental in the formation of an ASX-listed Mineral Exploration Company – Equatorial Resources Limited. He has been General Manager-Exploration of a mid-sized mining and exploration company with a geological staff of over 50 professionals, a member of the executive management committee overseeing the company’s production and exploration operations and is the Managing Director of his own mining industry consulting company.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Sydney 1966
  • MMICA, FAusIMM, FAIG
Specialities
  • Precious, Base & Specialty Metal Exploration and Development, Mineral Project and Evaluation, Independent Expert Reports, Expert Witness Services, Resource & Reserve Reviews
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • All Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • United States

 

 

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Mr Richard Hoskings
Mining EngineerHoskings Resource ManagementMining Engineer

Richard has over thirty years’ experience in the mining industry covering underground and opencut mining in hard rock and coal. His mine operating and management experience includes: taking the Windarra Nickel Mine through its development stages and into production; managing major shaft sinking projects at Mount Isa; and various underground supervisory roles.
For more than twenty years Richard has provided consulting services to numerous projects in the following areas: resources and reserves; feasibility studies; management of feasibility studies; operations reviews; project development; strategic studies; mine budgeting and reporting systems; financial evaluation; underground and opencut mining concepts; mine design and software development; management of environmental studies. Software development experience ranges from spreadsheet packages for dragline simulation, mine scheduling, costing and financial evaluation, to Unix software for bank treasury systems.

Qualifications
  • BE(Min)(Hons) Queensland 1967, MSc London 1973
  • Mine Mgr Cert WA, Qld
    MMICA, FAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Underground & Opencut Mining
  • Project Feasibility
    Project Development
Areas of Practice:
  • Infrastructure – Mine facilities
  • Mine – Appraisal
  • Mine planning and design
  • Project – Management
  • Software development
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt

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Mr Paul Ingram
GeologistP A Ingram & AssociatesGeologist

Paul Ingram has headed exploration programmes for a number of clients throughout Australia and south-east Asia. With over eleven years’ experience in east Asian geology and exploration, Paul and the associated exploration and mining groups offer a sound background to the region. Originally involved in gold, tin and uranium exploration in northern Australia consulting work in recent years has been focused on gold exploration and company management in south-east Asia.
Paul and his associated groups offer a large database, support facilities and contracts in the mineral industry through Australia and south-east Asia. Director: Caledon Resources PLC.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Geo) Queensland UTech 1975
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Property Assessment
    Exploration Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Management services
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • China
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Mr John McIntyre
Mining EngineerBehre Dolbear AustraliaMining Engineer

John has more than 40 years of experience in the management, operation and design of mines, including underground base and precious metals, surface hard-rock and coal and alluvial operations. He provides advisory services in the management, assessment and redirection of underperforming mines and projects. John has led projects in Australia, New Zealand, West Africa, PNG, the Philippines, Laos, Vietnam and North America and has prepared management reviews, technical audits, valuations, economic assessment, mine design and feasibility studies for new and existing operations.
John has been Managing Director of Behre Dolbear Australia (BDA) since 1994. BDA is the Sydney-based subsidiary of the US group, Behre Dolbear and Company Inc (BDCI), which has operated continuously as a mineral industry consultancy in North America since 1911 and has offices in Denver, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, London and Hong Kong and is recognised as a reputable international consultancy by mining companies, banks, financial institutions and groups associated with mining worldwide. BDA has established itself in Australia and the South East Asian region as a source of professional mining expertise, covering all aspects from resource/reserve definition, mine planning and operations, metallurgical and environmental planning and review, project engineering and financial analysis and valuation. Director: Takoradi Gold NL.

Documents
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Qualifications
  • BE(Hons) NSW 1971
  • MMICA,
  • FAusIMM (CP)
  • Member Australasian Institute of Minerals Valuers and Appraisers (MAIMVA)
  • Certified Minerals Valuer (CMV) #120808 004
  • Member American Institute of Minerals Appraisers (MAIMA)
  • Certified Minerals Appraiser (CMA) #2012-1
Specialities
  • Mining Engineering
  • Management Advisory Services
  • Project Valuation & Assessment
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
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Mr Graeme Miller Expert Witness
MetallurgistSinclair Knight Merz Pty LtdMetallurgist

With over 25 years’ experience in process plant operations, design and commissioning, Graeme has participated in the development of the minerals processing industry and the application of novel techniques to many problems. He is Process Manager for one of Australiaýs largest consulting engineering companies. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and during the early part of his career was involved in the operation of plants for treating: gold, uranium, pyrite, sulphuric acid, diamond recovery, coal preparation and coal utilisation. His design capability covers all of these fields as well as being recognised as one of the leaders in the field of copper leaching solvent extraction and electrowinning. He is the leader of a team of process engineers who have made significant contribution to the advancement of various aspects of minerals processing and hydrometallurgy.
A fellow of the AusIMM with Chartered Practicing Status, member of SAIMM and of the Coal Preparation Society, Graeme has published over 40 technical papers in coal preparation and minerals processing. SKM provides services for the study, development, execution and commissioning of mineral processing plants and mining projects. Clients have included all major Australian mining companies and a wide cross section of the industry, in a variety of commodities.

Qualifications
  • BE(Chem) Queensland 1974 PREng (Chem) Queensland
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), MSAIMM, MCoalPrepSoc
Specialities
  • Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies
    Project Execution & Management
    Solvent Extraction
    Heap Leaching
Areas of Practice:
  • Coal washing
  • Flowsheet development and plant design
  • Heap Leach
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Middle East (inc. Turkey, Cyprus)
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Dr Geoffrey Oldroyd Expert Witness
Mining EngineerG C Oldroyd & Associates Pty LtdMining Engineer

A mining engineer with +40 years of experience in underground and surface operations, new projects, business development, strategy and research specialising in coal, industrial minerals, base metals and other energy fuels.

General manager and mine manager responsibilities held for operations, new mine developments, technical services, strategic/mine planning and research.

Board Director for: (i) large coal producer and (ii) Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE).

Past Chairman of Australian Coal Association & Queensland Coal Association Research Committees and current Chairman of Technical Advisory Panel for CRC ORE.

Consulting since 1996.

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Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Nottingham 1966; PhD Nottingham 1969;
  • Coal Mine Manager Cert NSW & Qld;
  • FAusIMM (CP);
  • FIMM, CEng, RPEQ, FIQA, FAIE, SPE, MAICD.
Specialities
  • Strategic & Technical.
  • Mining Engineering.
  • Project & Mine Evaluation.
  • Company Directorship
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Coal
  • Industrial Minerals – Other
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
Regional Experience:
  • All Australia
  • Canada
  • Central Africa
  • China
  • East Africa
  • Indonesia
  • North Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • West Africa

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Mr Geoffrey Pitkin
Mining EngineerPitkin Mining Consultants Pty LtdMining Engineer

Fields of special competence: Long and short term planning of open cut coal mines. Development and application of computerised planning techniques for mine design, scheduling and equipment simulations. Management and coordination of team studies requiring a wide range of technical expertise. Mineral economics and its application to exploration, feasibility studies and mine planning. The application of a broad range of mining technologies including both continuous and discontinuous methods and equipment.
With more than 20 years experience in the New South Wales and Queensland coal industries Geoff has a background in both open cut and underground operations, new mine development and the preparation of feasibility studies. In working for BHP, TDM (Nebo and Riverside), MIM (Newlands), Warkworth and Sinclair Knight, he has developed particular skills in the areas of dragline operations, the application of mining technologies, mineral economics, software development and project management.
Since becoming a consultant in 1990 Geoff has managed and performed: major feasibility and prefeasibility studies; technical reviews; financial studies and valuations; equipment comparisons and justifications; rehabilitation studies; and short and long term planning.

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Qualifications
  • BE(Hons) NSW 1978
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Mine Design and Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Economics and Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Mine – Appraisal
  • Mine planning and design
  • Project – Management
  • Scheduling
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland

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Mr Peter Robinson

Since graduating from St Lucia University in Brisbane in 1969, Peter has spent over 36 years in exploration for principally base metals, uranium and gold. His experience began during the nickel boom and carries through the uranium and gold booms. He has been in project management since 1976 and became operations manager for Urangesell schaft Aust Pty Ltd in 1979.

Peter has had over 15 years experience in Uranium exploration. He began his own consulting/contracting company in 1984 and continued managing the exploration of projects. His experience is Australia wide and in most geological provinces and ages in Australia. He prefers projects with a challenge.

Qualifications
  • BSc Queensland 1969
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Uranium Expert,
    Metalliferous Geology, Project Generation
    Project Evaluation & Assessment
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
  • Project – Management
  • Recruitment
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia

 

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Dr David Tyrwhitt
GeologistDS Tyrwhitt & AssociatesGeologist
 An economic geologist with over forty years of exploration and mine management experience, David was director of exploration and later CEO with Newmont (1981-1988) then CEO with Ashton Mining for three years (1988-1991) until setting up in practice as a consulting geologist.

Exploration and mining of gold and diamonds, base metal exploration background in Australia, SW Pacific, SE Asia, China, India, Indonesia, North America, Eastern and Southern Africa.
Directorships: Astro Mining NL, Bay Resources Limited, Quantum Resources Limited. Johnsons Well Mining NL, Gutnick Resources N.L. Major consulting role with several Gutnick network companies and Normandy Anglo Asia Joint Venture 1992-96.
Last three years’ focus has been on gold and base metal projects in China with consulting role with Sons of Gualia (Tantalum), Ivanhoe Mines Limited (gold, copper, nickel and PGM), Anglo American (base metals) Anglo Platinum (PGM).

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons) Bristol 1959, PhD Leeds 1966
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FSEG(USA)
Specialities
  • Gold Exploration In Australasia
  • IndoChina, China & Indonesia
    Gold Project & Mine Resource Audit
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Management services
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Canada
  • China
  • East Africa
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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Mr Kerry Whitby
 Kerry has been a consultant geologist with McElroy Bryan Geological Services for more than 30 years, and Managing Director since 1997. During that time he was responsible for the planning, supervision and management of numerous coal exploration programmes throughout Australia. In a number of instances (e.g. German Creek and Gordonstone) he assisted through the feasibility stage till the project was successfully commissioned. He has provided his geological expertise and experience to many coal mining operations and exploration projects in the Hunter Valley (NSW) and the Bowen Basin (Queensland) areas of Australia as well as in Colombia, South America.

Kerry has been involved in two large geological mapping/coal resource assessment projects in Antarctica and has carried out coal project/ mine evaluations in parts of southeast Asia. He has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of gemstone (particularly sapphire) exploration programmes in Australia and China.
Project feasibility studies, technical audits and detailed resource/reserve assessments are his area of specialisation.

Qualifications
  • BSc NSW, 1972
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), MGSA, MAIG
Specialities
  • Coal Exploration Management
  • Resource Assessment
    Feasibility Studies and Technical Audits
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Gemstones
Regional Experience:
  • Antarctica
  • Australia – Queensland
  • China
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • South America, other
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Mr John Wyche
Mining EngineerAustralian Mine Design & Development Pty LtdMining Engineer

John has over 22 years’ experience in opencut and underground mining in metalliferous, coal and industrial minerals projects. His career has covered evaluation, development and operation of mining projects.
He has extensive skills in computer based mine planning and design applications. His capability in mine evaluation and planning is based upon broad and ongoing experience in mine operations which gives his work an emphasis on practically based solutions.

Qualifications
  • BE(Hons) Queensland 1981, BComm Queensland 1990, Mine Mgr Cert Qld
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Metalliferous and Coal Open Cut
  • Mine Design & Planning
    Project Feasibility and Evaluation
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Oil Shale
  • Rare Earths
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Central America (inc. Mexica, Cuba)
  • Laos
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Dr Robert Yeates Expert Witness
Mining EngineerROB YEATES & ASSOCIATES PTY LTDMining Engineer

Rob is a mining engineer and management consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the design, operation and management of mines. Since 1997 he has been principal of a consulting business offering services generally in the field of mine management. Services offered include feasibility studies, mine, project and company valuations, strategic planning, industrial relations, marketing and other management services.
Rob initially started with Peko Wallsend Ltd, working in open cut and underground copper, gold and tungsten mines before moving to coal. During that time he worked in various production, engineering, supervisory and marketing positions. Joined Oakbridge Ltd in 1989, firstly being responsible for marketing (1989-1991), then development (1991-1993), and then as Managing Director (1994-1997) responsible for all operations.
During this time he gained experience at senior levels in all aspects of mine management including exploration, marketing, finance, foreign exchange, insurance, business and strategic planning, budgeting, joint ventures, industrial relations, legal, environmental management, safety and project management.
From 1994 to 1997, Rob was on the NSW Minerals Council Executive and Chairman of their Environmental Committee. From 1993 to 1997 he was on the boards of the coal terminals at both Port Kembla and Newcastle and involved in all aspects of coal transportation from mine to customer. In 1992 and 1993 he was also Managing Director of Great Northern Mining NL a listed alluvial miner.

Qualifications
  • BE(Hons)(Min) NSW 1971, PhD NSW 1977, MBA Newcastle 1986, Coll Mgr Cert NSW
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FAICD
Specialities
  • Company Acquisition : Investment Strategy
  • Feasibility & Valuation Reports
    Commodity & Marketing Studies
    Coal and Iron Ore
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand

 

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