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Expert in Mining and Mineral Processing

Expert ID: 732756 South Africa

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Establishing the business case for the new copper deposits, comprehensive recommendation for the project execution including recommended mineral processing route and off-take product economics, supported by financial modelling.

Registered Professional (Chartered) Engineer, holder the South Africa Government Certificate of Competency for Mechanical Engineers (GCC - Mines and Works), qualified to Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Mining and mineral processing professional with over 30 years' experience in project management, project engineering, construction and commissioning of copper and other mineral processing plants in Zambia, DR of Congo, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Australia, Kazakhstan, Russia and South Africa.

Highly experienced in added value and optimisation studies in mining operations and mineral processing plants, including the identification, assessment and prioritization of strategy of engineering and mining resources.

Highly experienced in the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risk as defined in ISO 3100 followed by implementation of engineering resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and impact of unfortunate events in mining and mineral processing industries. Working experience with Willis Limited, London, UK and Lloyd’s Register Ltd, Perth, WA, Australia.

Highly experienced with compliance to ISO 3834 standard (Quality Requirement for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials) and to ASME Section VIII Division 1 Appendix 10 standard (Design & Fabrication of Boilers and Pressure Vessels)

Management and coordination all mineral processing project activities including design, engineering, procurement, planning, cost and document controlling, construction, commissioning and performance testing.Mineral processing project design reviews including added value engineering, optimization study and constructability.Management and controlling performance of external engineering consultants.

Management financial aspects of the projects: budgeting, estimates to actual variance and capital project expenditure controlling including EPCM and EPC costs.Identification of risk as defined in ISO 31000 to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and impact of unfortunate events in mining and mineral processing industries

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: Masters Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Gdansk Technical University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Founder Department: Management Responsibilities: Expert founded this professional engineering consultancy lending expertise to mining and mineral processing industries in Southern Africa. His firm conducts added value and optimisation studies in mining operations and mineral processing plants, including the identification, assessment and prioritization of strategy of engineering and mining resources.
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: African Copper Mining plc, Francistown, Botswana Title: Consultant Department: Management Responsibilities: He was an Engineering Consultant for African Copper Mining PLC, Botswana (major modifications and expansions to Mowana mineral processing plant) and Fishtie Copper Project, Zambia (conceptual development of new oxide and sulphide copper ore metallurgical plant).
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Kazakhmys plc, Perth, Australia Title: Lead Mechanical Engineer Department: Projects Responsibilities: He was esponsible for Mechanical Engineering of Aktogay Copper Project situated in Kazakhstan. At full capacity, the SX/EW plant was forecasted to produce 25 kt/y copper cathodes and the concentrator was forecasted to produce 450 kt/y copper concentrate. The operations consist the open pit mine, copper oxide heap leach, solvent extraction and electrowinning plant and a copper sulphide concentrator.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: Anvil Mining plc, Kinsevere, DR of Congo Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer Department: Projects Responsibilities: Expert handled technical acceptance and establishment of maintenance procedures for various mining and mineral processing equipment including:
Mineral Sizers, Apron Feeders, Primary Jaw Crushers, Mill Feed Conveyors, SAG and Ball Mills, Cyclone Clusters, Cyclone Feed Pump Stations, Leaching Circuits, HG Thickener Circuits, CCD Circuits, LG Thickener Circuits, Solvent Extraction Plants, Crud Treatment Plant, Electrowinning Plants, Cathode Washing and Stripping machine, Tailings Disposal, Sulphuric Acid and Distribution, and Reagent/Flocculant Plants.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: MDM Engineering, Johannesburg, South Africa Title: Project Manager Department: Projects Responsibilities: He managed project services related to the Chemwes Gold and Uranium project at Stielfontein, North-West Province, South Africa. The plants included Tailings Reclamation, Flotation and Thickening, CIL and Elution, CCD Circuits, Solvent Extraction, Electro-winning and Gold Room.
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Fluor Metals & Minerals; Melbourne, Australia Title: Senior Project Manager Department: Projects Responsibilities: Expert managed feasibility and optimization studies for the Kazakhmys Aktogay Copper Oxide and Sulphide Projects in Kazakhstan.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: Bateman Engineering, Johannesburg, South Africa; Brisbane, Australia Title: Senior Project Manager Department: Projects Responsibilities: He managed the Alliance Team (Bateman Engineering – South Africa, Australia, Israel, Roberts & Schaefer – USA, Group 5 Projects – South Africa) appointed by Geovic International, Arizona, USA to optimize engineering feasibility study prepared by Washington Group International for Co-Ni-Mn plant in Cameroon. The study included pulse columns in placed of standard mixer / settler solvent extraction plant. The project has not been progressed to execution phase due to excessive cost of required infrastructure in Cameroon.

He also managed Lumwana Copper Concentrator Project in Zambia as the Bateman Engineering Project Manager reporting to Ausenco Project Director. The plant nominal capacity 20 million tones of copper ore processing each year included Crushing Plant, SAG and Ball Grinding Plant, Flotation Plant, Thickening and Filtration Plant. Bateman Engineering responsibilities included procurement, project controls, logistics and construction. EPC project contract value was 407m US$ and project cost in total included owner’s cost was over 2 billion US$.

He also managed Front End Engineering Study and controlled commissioning and process guarantees of 1 Mtpa Zinc Concentration Plant for Vedanta Resources at Rampura Agucha Plant in India.

He managed Pre-Basic Engineering Proposals for increasing blister copper production from 69,000 t/y to 214,000 t/y at Karabash Copper Smelter in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Years: 2001 to 2006 Employer: Konkola Copper Mines, Chingola, Zambia Title: Project Manager Department: Projects Responsibilities: Expert managed project engineering teams during a major modifications at Nchanga Tailings Leach Plant.

He managed engineering design and controlled construction and commissioning of Counter Current Decantation (CCD) system replacing existing thickener circuits. The project included the Eimco E-Duc auto-dilution technology. The paper on this project was presented at Metallurgical Conference in Santiago (Chile) in 2004.

He managed major rehabilitation to Unit 1, 2 and 3 at Nchanga New Electrowinning Plant: major civil and acid proofing works at basement and operating floor; replacement of concrete lead lined electrowinning cells with polymer concrete cells; construction of new electrolyte pump stations and replacement of electrolyte distribution lines; installation of new stainless steel de-aeration and re-circulation tanks; replacement of cast lead anodes with cast-rolled lead anodes, upgrading and replacement of transformers and rectifiers.

Expert initiated and controlled all rehabilitation works (cells, pumps, piping, electrics) required to re-commissioning the Nchanga Old Electrowinning Plant.
Years: 1999 to 2001 Employer: Anglo American, Johannesburg, South Africa Title: Project Engineer Department: Projects Responsibilities: He managed mechanical engineering of High-Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL) plant for the Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. The study covered concentrate handling and re-pulping, heating and carbonate destruction, HPAL feed tanks and autoclave, thickening and filtration.
Years: 1998 to 1999 Employer: Gecomines, Likasi, DR of Congo Title: Engineering Manager Department: Management Responsibilities: Expert provided leadership to over 1200 employees and 11 engineering section heads in operation, maintenance and major reconstruction of hydro and pyro metallurgical plants. The Shituru Plant designed to produce 250,000 t/y copper metal consists concentrate handling, leaching plants, CCD circuits, horizontal belt filters, copper and cobalt electro-winning plants, anode casting plant, anode slimes furnaces and sulphuric acid plants.
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: BHP Minerals, Hartley Platinum Mine, Zimbabwe Title: Project Engineer Department: Projects Responsibilities: He managed and controlled development and maintenance of 170 bar Hydropower Plant including water service pump station, booster pressure pump station and underground high pressure pipeline system.
Years: 1992 to 1996 Employer: Techpro Mining & Metallurgy, Kitwe, Zambia Title: Construction Engineer Department: Projects Responsibilities: He managed major modifications to material handling plants (drier, tippler, coal crushers and screens) and replacement of the waste heat boilers with evaporative cooling chambers at Nkana Copper Smelter.
Years: 1981 to 1991 Employer: Rand Mines, South Africa Title: Section & Project Engineer Department: Operation & Projects Responsibilities: Expert served as Section Engineer and Project Engineer within the Rand Mines company in gold, uranium, platinum and heavy minerals projects and operations.

This included shaft sinking and service raise bored shaft at Platinum Crocodile River Mine.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Botswana, Francistown Summary: Consultant, African Copper Mining plc
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Australia, Perth Summary: Lead Mechanical Engineer, Kazakhmys plc
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: DR of Congo, Katanga Summary: Senior Mechanical Engineer, Anvil Mining plc
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Australia, Melbourne Summary: Senior Project Manager, Fluor Metals & Minerals
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Australia, Brisbane, Perth Summary: Senior Project Manager, Bateman Engineering
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Zambia, Chingola Summary: Project Manager, Konkola Copper Mines
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: DR of Congo, Katanga Summary: Engineering Manager, Gecomines plc
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Zimbabwe, Harare Summary: Project Engineer, BHP Minerals
Years: 2013 to 2015 Country / Region: Zambia, Kitwe Summary: Costruction Engineer, Techpro Mining & Metallurgy

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Fluent
Polish Fluent
Russian Professional level
French Some knowledge

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