Mining & Minerals Overview

SLR provides professional services to the mining, minerals and extractive industries. Our specialist team have been involved in projects covering a diverse range of minerals

 Our expertise includes:

  • Minerals and Aggregates
  • Industrial Minerals
  • Bulk Commodity Minerals
  • Coal
  • Oil Sands
  • Precious Metals
  • Rare Earth Metals

SLR’s expertise and capability are relevant to all stages of the mine life cycle including:

  • Exploration, planning and permitting stage
  • Construction stage
  • Operational stage
  • Decommissioning, closure and aftercare stage

Our key mining sector services include:

  • Strategic advisory services for due diligence on mergers, acquisitions and sales
  • Exploration services for resource assessment and evaluation
  • Planning and permitting services for all stages and types of minerals and mining activities
  • Mine water and waste facility design, engineering and impact mitigation for heap leach, mine waste rock and tailings facilities
  • Environmental monitoring and audit services for compliance and operational reviews
  • Mine closure planning including rehabilitation, decommissioning and after-use

A selection of clients across SLR’s global Mining and Minerals business sector includes:

  • Glencore  
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • BHP Billiton
  • Newmont Gold
  • Wolf Minerals
  • Sibanye-Stillwater
  • Resolute (Carpenteria Gold)
  • Whitehaven
  • New Hope Group
  • CRH (Lafarge, Tarmac UK, Roadstone IE)
  • Heidelberg Group (Hanson, Leighigh)
  • Aggregate Industries (Lafarge Holcim)

Mineral Exploration Services

SLR has extensive exploration experience having successfully completed exploration projects for a range of minerals in various jurisdictions across the world. Our exploration related services include:

  • Exploration management services include advice on mineral targeting and drilling project design.  We assist with exploration programme management, data modelling interpretation and management
  • Drilling services include core logging and QA & QC programmes
  • Geological data analysis, providing resource and reserve calculation and modelling services.  Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC) Code compliant assessments have been carried out for a range of minerals in several countries
  • Our valuation and property advisory services include resource and reserve valuations by licensed valuers and the preparation of competent persons reports.  We have a number of licensed /registered valuers in a range of jurisdictions across the globe


David Walker

Technical Director - Mining & Minerals Close

Steve Dorman (AFR)


Steve is the Sector Leader for SLR’s African Operations for Mining and Minerals and has worked in the mining sector of the consulting industry for over 30 years.  Steve is a Professional Consulting engineer, specialising in all areas relevant to mine waste management such as tailings and waste engineering, water management and dam engineering, geochemical engineering, heap leach engineering, closure planning and risk assessment.

Andrew Hutton (APac)


Andrew is the Sector Leader for Mining & Minerals Services for SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd. Andrew has over 18 years of experience in the mining industry, including experience in both operational roles and consulting. Andrew has worked on many projects within the mining, coal seam gas and agricultural sectors both here in Australia and overseas. Andrew has significant experience in mine closure planning including the development of Financial Assurance cost estimation tools for New South Wales, Victoria and the Queensland state governments.  Andrew has undertaken numerous audits, including several due diligence audits for major mining and industrial clients, independent environmental compliance audits and exploration audits. Andrew's specialities include EIA, major project approvals & regulatory compliance; Mine rehabilitation – planning, design & management; Mine closure planning & rehabilitation liability review; Risk Assessment; Environmental compliance and due diligence auditing; Community / stakeholder engagement and consultation.

Tim Paul (EUR)


Tim Paul is SLR’s Mining & Minerals sector lead for the Europe region and a member of SLR’s European Management Team. He is a chartered engineer and chartered mineral surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in providing strategic development advice, mineral reserve valuation, permitting & EIA; mine waste management; and transactional due diligence services for mining and minerals developments in Europe and internationally. Since 1999 Tim has been the independent technical advisor to Kilroot Underground Salt Mine in Northern Ireland. He has also acted as technical advisor reviewing mining /geotechnical aspects of planning applications for extensions to the underground zinc-lead mines in Ireland. Tim is currently an advisor to a number of construction materials companies on planning, permitting / EIA and mineral reserve valuation. More recently he has been the project director responsible for SLR’s services on a number of major transactions in the international construction materials sector covering Ireland, UK, Europe and North America. Tim is currently the Managing Director of SLR Ireland.

Ian Hutchison (USA)


Ian has over 40 years’ experience in technical and financial risk management, mining environmental and remediation engineering, value contracting and risk sharing. He has been responsible for planning, design, and construction management of environmental remediation and mining environmental and infrastructure projects, and has planned and developed mining waste water management, infrastructure, and closure projects, ground and surface water supplies, and dealt extensively with flood studies and flood control projects.  His alternative engineering and remediation approaches have resulted in total savings of $100s million.  He currently serves on several private sector mine development review boards and serves on the Canadian Governments Review Panel for mine closure design and construction.

Stephan Theben (CA)


Stephan is a Managing Principal and Mining Sector Lead for the Canadian Operations.  He has provided engineering and environmental services for over 18 years for mining and other projects in over 25 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  His experience includes work with prefeasibility and feasibility studies, EPCM, site construction, Environmental Assessments (EAs), management plans, environmental permitting and stakeholder consultation, including First Nations and Métis.  

For more information

Please contact a member of our team below to discuss your specific requirements or for a quotation.