Client Case Studies

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

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INEOS

North Sea Asset Acquisitions Close

SLR supported INEOS, one of the UK’s largest energy users, in the evaluation and acquisition of a producing North Sea asset package. The two major deals means INEOS now owns a portfolio of assets accounting for approximately 8% of all UK gas production. The acquisition secures INEOS’ position as a North Sea operator and reflects its wider strategy to build an upstream oil and gas production business to complement its refining and chemical divisions.

SLR’s team provided technical due diligence and commercial advice to INEOS. SLR’s involvement included subsurface, drilling and economic support, working with senior management and advisors on facilities and operations, strategy and case development, reviewing upstream commercial agreements, as well as providing data for economic analysis, advising on disclosure issues and assisting with final deal completions.

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. It comprises 15 businesses each with a major chemical company heritage. Its network spans 65 sites in 16 countries throughout the world. Rob Nevin, Chairman, INEOS Upstream, said: “SLR has been very responsive to developing our project objectives. It has demonstrated a solid technical capability across the subsurface disciplines, along with an ability to clearly communicate the key findings and we have been very pleased with the support it has provided.”

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Memorial Hermann Hospitals

Vibration and Noise Management Services Close

Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit health system in southeast Texas with 13 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services located throughout the Greater Houston area. Hermann Pavilion 2 is part of a larger expansion and renovation to Memorial Hermann’s Texas Medical Center campus. The highlight of this project is the construction of a new 17-storey patient care building.

SLR completed room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical noise and vibration control design phase services for the project.

The Texas Medical Center campus operates one of only two Level 1 trauma centres in the Greater Houston area, providing 24/7 emergency and trauma care. The Life Flight Helistop is perched on top of the tower and is anticipated to be one of the busiest helipads in the world. SLR performed measurements of the existing helistop and modelled the helicopter take-off and landing to develop recommendations to achieve a more pleasant patient experience.

“SLR’s performance was timely and thorough. I enjoyed our working relationship which was open and offered discussion. Questions were not just answered but explained on how they came to their conclusion. Our client will benefit from their advice and direction.” Lauren Petak, WHR Architects

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Sibanye Gold Limited

West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project Close

Sibanye Gold Limited is the largest individual producer of gold from South Africa and is one of the 10 largest gold producers globally. There is a long history of gold and uranium mining in the broader West Rand area of South Africa with an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of previously mined ore deposited at surface in tailings facilities or dams, which still contain in excess of 11 million ounces of gold and 170 million pounds of uranium.

Sibanye owns a significant proportion of these regional surface tailings resources and it plans to exploit these resources to develop a strong, long-life and high-yield surface business extracting the contained gold and uranium. Key to the successful execution of Sibanye’s surface tailings strategy is the West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP).  This proposed project involves the construction of a large-scale central processing plant, which could eventually treat up to 4Mt/month of tailings inclusive of current arisings.

SLR was appointed as the consultant responsible for the design of the proposed new, modern tailings storage facility associated with the WRTRP; the Regional Tailings Storage Facility (RTSF). The SLR scope of work included a site geotechnical investigation, geotechnical laboratory testing and analysis of tailings, tailings geochemical  assessment, groundwater impact mitigation option evaluation, cover and closure design, life cycle cost estimation, risk assessment and permit application support.

In addition to the RTSF’s large footprint size of 1,350 ha, enabling the environmental clean-up of the broader district, the RTSF is unique given the leading edge groundwater impact mitigation designs appropriate to the low permeable foundation on which the proposed site is located, and the innovative engineering enhancements facilitating concurrent and sustainable rehabilitation culminating in a sound environmental and closure solution.

Grant Stuart, Vice President of the WRTRP, commented “The WRTRP is an exciting development in the evolution of Sibanye, offering significant social and environmental advantages, benefiting all stakeholders in the district in which we operate.  Critical to the success of the WRTRP is the design, permitting and development of the RTSF. As a committed strategic partner to the project, SLR has offered valuable insights from experience on other projects resulting in a unique deposition solution that adheres to modern sustainable deposition practices. With SLR’s extensive technical knowledge and support we look forward to developing the WRTRP and making a positive impact on the ailing West Rand.”

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Cleanaway

Erskine Park Resource Management Facility Close

Cleanaway Waste Management is Australia’s leading recycling, waste management and industrial services company. SLR has an extended history of working for the company at its Erskine Park site.

Initially, SLR was engaged to undertake landfill capping design and a closure plan as part of the ongoing landfill operation. Subsequently, SLR undertook a feasibility study to investigate the commercial and environmental viability of building and running a dry recycling and waste transfer operation.

Most recently, SLR has been working on design and development approvals for a Resource Management Facility at Erskine Park. The project will first develop a waste transfer station followed by a resource recovery facility.

SLR’s involvement has included a detailed design and environmental impact statement for stage one with design and environmental assessment recently commenced for stage two. SLR’s scope also includes community consultation and input to the business case and market assessment.

The project has involved teams from SLR’s Australian operation working alongside colleagues from the UK civil and structural design teams.

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Dexter Axle

AL-KO VT acquisition Close

For over 50 years, Dexter Axle has been a leading  manufacturer of trailer axles and trailer brakes. In 2015, Dexter Axle completed the acquisition of AL-KO Vehicle Technology (VT), a European designer and manufacturer of chassis, axles, overruns, coupling hitches, braking systems and components, headquartered in Germany. 

The fast-track global acquisition included 42 sites in 26 countries throughout Europe, Australia, South Africa, Russia, China, and South America. The combined companies have been renamed DexKo Global Inc. and will be a global leader in trailer axle and chassis supply with sales approaching nearly $1 billion.  DexKo Global Inc. is majority- owned by funds managed by The Sterling Group, Dexter’s current majority owners.

A SLR team from multiple locations conducted an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) assessment of the AL-KO VT business on behalf of The Sterling Group, Dexter Axle, and their legal advisors, Bracewell& Giuliani LLC. The SLR team visited and completed Phase 1 environmental site assessments for 13 of the 22 production facilities, representing approximately 87% of the total revenue from all the production sites combined. The visited sites were geographically diverse and contained a range of production processes including painting, thermoforming, gas nitriding, chrome-plating, turning, and milling.

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JSC Nenskra Hydro

Nenskra Hydropower Project Close

JSC Nenskra Hydro is a joint venture between Korea Water Resources (K-water) and the Georgian Government to develop the 280 MW Nenskra Hydropower Project in the Svaneti district of Georgia. On completion, the hydro-electric plant will supply power during the winter season and boost power exports during the summer season. The main construction period is planned to start in September 2016 and will last for four years. The environmental permit was awarded by the environmental authorities in October 2015 on the basis of a national Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) prepared and approved earlier in 2015. Since then, several international financial institutions have been approached to invest in the project. In compliance with their environmental and social policies, these  institutions have recommended that a number of additional studies be undertaken to supplement the existing ESIA report.

SLR has been commissioned to conduct these additional environmental and social studies. The main areas covered by field investigations and detailed analysis include: land acquisition and impacts on community livelihood, downstream hydrology and water quality, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, and natural hazards. Key deliverables prepared by SLR will include the detailed environmental and social studies, an environmental and social management plan, and a land acquisition and livelihood restoration plan.