Mining & Minerals Overview

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

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


SLR's response to Coronavirus / COVID-19

July 01, 2020

​In response to the ongoing global pandemic, SLR is actively following the advice and guidance on coronavirus provided by the relevant national and state governments. Our leadership team and H&S professionals are regularly monitoring developments and updating advice to our people using all available communications channels. That advice covers infection risk, travel guidance, office management, working from home and ongoing support to all employees.

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Mining and Risk Breakfast – Guest Speaker Ian Hannam, Founder Hannam and Partners

January 27, 2017

Global environmental consultancy SLR and strategic risk management consultancy Strategia Worldwide Ltd hosted a joint breakfast seminar on Wednesday 25 January 2017, 8AM to 10AM at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London to discuss “helping companies and investors realise opportunities in complex environments”. It was attended by 91 invited guests from the mining, insurance, capital markets and risk industries.

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David Walker (Global Lead)


David Walker is SLR's global sector lead for Mining & Minerals. He has a broad background in engineering, geology, geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology, plus takes an integrated engineering and environmental approach to mining projects.

Most of his experience has been gained in the mining industry over the last 27 years. It covers a range of technical and project work of a geotechnical, hydrogeological, hydrological and tailings or mine waste nature, including a number of environmental engineering projects. David has excelled in forming part of multi-disciplinary teams, providing specialist inputs and/or a project management role for the development of projects. These range from pre-feasibility studies through to design and implementation projects. He has extensive experience of working in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

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.

Stephan Theben

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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.

Jeremy Scott Collyard, PMP


For more information

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