Global Leader, Local Expertise – SNC-Lavalin Global Mining and Metallurgy

January 7, 2013

BHP Billiton Canada Inc

As a global leader in the mining and metallurgy sector worldwide, SNC-Lavalin can undertake every stage of project development, from scoping studies, metallurgical test work and feasibility analysis, to final design, construction, and commissioning.

SNC-Lavalin Global Mining & Metallurgy (M&M) is currently carrying out over 350 assignments, studies, and projects around the world in the aluminum, iron ore, base metals, precious metals, potash, and ferro-alloys sectors, among others. With 14 Mining & Metallurgy service delivery centres across the globe grouped according to expertise, SNC-Lavalin has a unique capacity to draw on an international pool of resources for global workshare.
M&M’s world-class expertise, regional presence, and global reach coupled with the local knowledge of their offices, allow SNC-Lavalin to meet clients’ unique needs. M&M’s offices bring crucial regional know-how to the equation, including close ties with the local workforce and contractors. With its regional application of global best practices, systems and procedures, SNC-Lavalin maintains a leading presence in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
SNC-Lavalin is involved in uranium, potash, and gold projects:
SNC-Lavalin was retained to undertake a concept study for the development of a new uranium mine, processing plant, and surface infrastructure. Their regional office provided tailored in-house expertise in mine dewatering, materials handling, and sizing, as well as mine ventilation. They also used external experts for shaft sinking and mine development.
Through their offices in Saskatoon, Vancouver and Toronto SNC-Lavalin is supporting a multi-year contract with BHP Billiton to manage various potash projects in central Saskatchewan, as well as a port project in Washington. The company will also provide engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services, as required.
SNC-Lavalin’s regional office is leading a concept study and a pre-economic assessment (PEA) for a Saskatchewan based gold producer. The study results are expected to create a smoother process operation at an existing facility, while increasing the consistency of its front-end ore-blending and delivery rate. The PEA objectives for the second site will identify the critical operating and market parameters necessary for viability, and the most practical final product parameters for the site.

SNC-Lavalin is active in copper, zinc, and nickel projects:
SNC-Lavalin has executed numerous detailed design projects for a major copper/zinc producer. Recently, the company conducted a pre-feasibility study for a new processing facility at an existing mine site. It included trade-off reviews for crushing, milling, Merill-Crowe, and carbon in leach processing options for by-product precious metals.

SNC-Lavalin’s local office has also undertaken several projects, from study to implementation, for another northern Manitoba copper/zinc mine site. The company arranged a tour of Chilean concentrate facilities to offer the client a personalized viewing of the proposed technology in full operation before committing capital.
SNC-Lavalin has a long-standing relationship with Manitoba’s nickel producers on a regional and international basis. Recently, the company undertook a comprehensive review of a facility in Manitoba. It compiled a risk matrix and presented recommendations, allowing the client to strategically apply capital resources in order to best address the greatest risks to health, safety, environment and plant reliability.

About the environment
SNC-Lavalin Environment offers a variety of services to the mining sector, including social and environmental impact assessments that satisfy both domestic and international standards; mitigation measures; community resettlement plans; community development programs; evaluation of legal requirements; consultation with affected populations and government agencies; permitting and approvals; GIS mapping; skills training and related services.
About the communities where we live and work
SNC-Lavalin Aboriginal and Northern Affairs develops projects in conjunction with Aboriginal entities, ensuring incorporation of Aboriginal capacity building and inclusion programs. In this regard, the company often enters into various forms of business partnerships with Aboriginal organizations to develop projects of mutual interest; and provides ongoing commercial and regulatory advice in order to move project prospects forward in a respectful and effective manner.
“We are proud of the partnerships we have developed over the years in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, elsewhere in Canada and around the world,” says Dale Clarke, executive vice president, Global Mining & Metallurgy. “We look forward to continued collaboration and success in the years to come through an adherence to the principles of corporate social responsibility.”

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