Client Case Studies

These case studies highlight the range of projects we have advised our clients on over the past year.

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CONSOL Energy

Regulatory Support Project Close

CONSOL energy (CONSOL) contracted SLR to perform gas sampling, analysis, and reporting in Southern West Virginia. The need for regulatory support increased as they quickly requested additional permitting, compliance, and spill prevention control and countermeasure (SPCC) program support. Building from this successful project work, the SLR team was then requested to execute a complex project to support CONSOL in complying with the newly issued West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Legislation of 2014. This work consisted of registration, inspection, creation of and issuance of spill prevention response plans (SPRPs), and certification for over 3,300 ASTs throughout the state of West Virginia.


SLR’s recent consulting stature with CONSOL has grown into supporting the operator with various permitting and compliance
projects in each of the Eastern states where CONSOL operates. Recent regulatory scopes of work have included leak detection
and repair (LDAR) program support identifying potential areas for improvement, air permitting development for West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania production and midstream operations, and regulatory guidance regarding Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newly developed Information Collection Request (ICR) surveys. SLR believes that our long term relationship across multiple departments within CONSOL will continue to be key in supporting our client’s best interests and regulatory needs in the years to come, as shale exploration and development continue to expand in the north east region of the US.

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Sir Robert McAlpine

Priority Schools Building Programme Close

SLR was tasked with creating sustainable landscapes to assist with meeting challenging budget constraints for Sir Robert McAlpine.
SLR achieved this through clever masterplanning of the sites; retaining the existing infrastructure where possible so that budgets
could be used for improving educational facilities. SLR provided a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, ecologists and archaeologists to support the £63 million contract which included six schools located in Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside and County Durham. This involved providing design services for two primary schools and four secondary schools, whilst the landscape services covered stakeholder consultation and detailed design exercises to produce masterplans for each site. SLR prepared masterplans, landscape hardworks and softworks details from inception through to construction.


SLR was involved in all levels of the project including masterplanningeach site, having input into planning and liaison with Sport England, the production of full BREEAM information, construction detailing and planting design suitable for end user.

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OMV New Zealand Limited

Environmental Monitoring Close

SLR undertook the third and final round of environmental monitoring for OMV following their exploration drilling programme
at the Whio-1 well in the Taranaki Basin in October 2016. Marine Consent conditions required OMV to undertake annual post-drill
benthic monitoring to assess the health of the seabed surrounding the well location following the drilling programme and to assess the state of recovery over time compared to pre-drill baseline conditions. SLR has completed all three rounds of post-drill monitoring for OMV and has also conducted analyses of the benthic infauna samples at our specialised taxonomy laboratory based in Nelson, NZ.

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WA Public Transport Authority

Noise and Vibration Emissions Close

SLR is currently undertaking a special investigation into the effectiveness of railway vibration dampers on reducing noise
and vibration emissions. The trial is the first of its kind in Western Australia (WA), following the first in Australia as undertaken by SLR in New South Wales, and involves advanced tests of the trainsets and railway.

The work adds to SLR’s strong record in WA rail infrastructure work, with direct involvement on 9 out of 10 key projects being
progressed by the Public Transport Authority, and all major state PPP rail projects since 2009. Such transport infrastructure
work is particularly valuable for SLR in an otherwise depressed state economy, and remains a solid long-term opportunity since priority funding of new major rail infrastructure has featured in the upcoming state election.

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Coca-Cola, Namibia

Sustainable Water Supply Close

Namibia is the driest Sub-Sahara country due to its unique climate influenced by the Benguela current. This dryness makes
it the second least densely populated country in the world after Mongolia. Not surprisingly therefore water resource is scarce and
heavily dependent, not only on rainfall amount, but also on rainfall patterns, particularly in the Central Areas where dams are the
primary source of water supply. After the centennial rainfall in 2011, the dams supplying Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, saw no significant inflow, and so inevitably demand started to exceed supply. This increased the need for industry and other major users of water to seek independent sources of water. Amongst others, SLR worked with Coca-Cola Namibia Bottling Company (CCNBC) to identify and secure the sustainable water supply the company needed to develop further their successful operations in the country.

CCNBC’s operations require a daily volume of water of 775m3. SLR planned and managed the successful drilling of four boreholes on
CCNBC’s property. The project targeted fractures and faults in the complex impermeable rock structures where water flows. These
new boreholes now allow CCNBC to draw sustainable sources of water totalling 15% of their daily consumption.

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Prodigy Gold Inc

Mangino Gold Mine Environmental Assessment Close

SLR has completed the pre-feasibility study and is working on the feasibility design for the site development, waste rock and tailings
management facilities and the water management systems for a new gold mine in Northern Ontario, Canada. The Magino Gold Mine
is intended to be a new open pit mine that will entail mining over half-a-billion tonnes of rock from a 400 meter deep pit and process
up to 150 million tonnes of ore. SLR’s role includes collecting biologic, hydrogeologic and geotechnical field data, support in preparing the environmental assessment documents, tailings impoundment site selection studies, development of the overall mine site layout and design of roads, tailings embankments, waste rock disposal facilities, water collection, storage and treatment systems, and development of the mine closure plan. The capital cost of the project is estimated at over $500 million.

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Glencore

Detailed Closure Planning for OCAL Complex Close

OCAL Complex comprises a partially rehabilitated open cut mining area (ceased 2012), underground mining areas in care and maintenance (2001), and underground mining areas and a coal handling and preparation plant (ceased 2016). Coal had been
produced at these facilities since 1969 and all production ceased in mid-2016.


SLR supported Glencore to develop a Detailed Mine Closure Plan and associated mine operating plan for government approval by
leading the process of undertaking key assessments and studies, and developing management plans, registers and rehabilitation strategies where required. The primary project objective was to establish strategies for rehabilitation and ultimately lease relinquishment for the OCAL Complex with detailed design and works that could be used for third party tender and execution. The approach utilised included risk assessments, assessment of geotechnical constraints, field-based contamination site assessment, development of a waste disposal plan, surface water assessment and planning, and development of an engineering bill of quantities for required works.


In addition to securing government approval for initial implementation of the plan in early 2017, SLR assisted Glencore with
meeting internal mine closure benchmarks and developing a forward plan for implementation. The learnings from this project have already proved applicable to other resource operations including other Glencore sites.

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Hampden Fields

Design Coordination for Sustainable Urban Extension Close

Hampden Fields is a mixed-use, sustainable urban extension to the south east of Aylesbury. The scheme provides for up to 3,000
dwellings, land for a Park & Ride, employment land, a new dual carriageway (the Southern Link Road), two primary schools, a mixed
use local centre, multi-functional green infrastructure, and strategic flood defence provision.


SLR acted as overall design coordinators for this project, leading on Masterplanning, Urban Design and Landscape Design for the Hampden Fields Consortium which included Taylor Wimpey, Aylesbury College and Marchfield Management Services on behalf
of The Fairfield Partnership.

The outline planning application was submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council in February 2016 for determination. The scheme has undergone extensive community and stakeholder consultation. SLR prepared the public consultation material and a range of supporting plans, and prepared and edited the Design and Access Statement. SLR also designed the open spaces which included sports grounds, play areas, public gardens and semi-natural green spaces. This involved innovative approaches to sustainable landscape design, including ‘edible landscape’ concepts.

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Project Dolce - 8 Miles LLP

Environmental and Social Goverance Due Diligence Close

SLR was appointed by the Africa-focussed private equity firm 8 Miles to conduct an Environmental & Social Governance (ESG) Due
Diligence Assessment on a Nigerian biscuit manufacturing plant, Beloxxi Industries, in support of their investment in the company.

SLR spent considerable time working closely with the business, 8 Miles and the investment consortium which included DEG, on
further deep-dive analysis into key social aspects as well as labour and working conditions. With operational energy demands being what they are for the industrial ovens, SLR also provided strategic input on the development of potential opportunities around heat
recovery and energy efficiency, and assessed implications for the planned expansion of the production facilities.


The scope of SLR’s advisory services included an environmental and social governance due diligence (ESDD) assessment, along with the development of a fit-for-purpose environmental and social action plan (ESAP) for the business which not only informed the asset valuation process, but also provided a meaningful direction on the post-close 100-day plan implementation program. The due diligence report was supplemented with a high level discrete advisory note on potential energy saving initiatives for consideration in future.

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National Grid

Virtual Reality Modelling Close

SLR was appointed by National Grid to assess the visual impact of National Grid’s largest infrastructure project, the North West Coast
Connections (NWCC) project, and its plans to connect the proposed Moorside nuclear power station, near Sellafield in Cumbria, to the existing National Grid infrastructure. Alongside visual impact, SLR’s role on the project includes environmental, landscape and socioeconomic impact assessments.


To assist with assessing visual impact, SLR has developed a major virtual reality model that National Grid is using to support public
consultation. The model, exceeding 6,500 km2 in navigable area with a projected line route of 164km, starts in Carlisle and travels to Heysham on Morecambe Bay. It offers an intuitive and immersive experience by allowing users to travel to any location in real time and toggle between existing and proposed options. Users can choose to navigate around the model or search for a postcode to
view a specific location. The model includes such aspects as trees, building data, and road and rail networks, and there is the ability to alter the time of day and winter / summer options.

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Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Noise Modelling Project Close

SLR conducted detailed noise modelling of approximately 34,850 km of major roads and 3,100 km of railways in Queensland, Australia. SLR was also instructed to support decision making processes for residential buildings in transport noise corridors under the
Queensland Development Code (QDC).

The modelling is believed to be the largest project of its kind undertaken in the world to date. The project replaces earlier
modelling that did not consider terrain and barrier effects, potentially resulting in conservative acoustic requirements for buildings. When compared to a previous study, SLR’s preliminary analysis of the detailed road modelling shows that the number of properties within QDC noise category 4 and noise category 3 mandatory noise corridors have been reduced by 28% and 7% respectively state-wide.

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Kelda Organic Energy

Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion Plants Close

Kelda Water Services (KWS) is a leading water and waste water contract operations company, delivering large scale and long term
infrastructure solutions throughout the UK.

KWS has recently established itself within the renewable energy sector through the formation of Kelda Organic Energy (KOE) which
is working with a number of local authorities to design, build finance and operate Anaerobic Digestion solutions to recycle food
waste, avoiding costly and unsustainable landfilling and allowing compliance with the revised EU Waste Framework Directive.
SLR was appointed by KOE to provide project management, technical and contract management support during the planning,
construction, commissioning and operational phases of both their Edinburgh (Millerhill) and Cardiff (Tremorfa) Anaerobic
Digestion facilities. The SLR scope of work included preparation of environmental permit applications, technical due diligence on
proposed AD technologies, construction and contract management support, and operational compliance support during both the
commissioning and operational phases of the projects.

SLR staff were also seconded into KOE’s operations at critical stages of the projects to provide high level project management and
advisory support to the client’s business.