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Micon International provides a full range of services including:
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Independent Technical Reports
Micon is fully familiar with the reporting requirements of Canadian National Instrument 43-101, which requires public disclosure of information to investors in Canada by means of a Technical Report for such items as first time disclosure, mineral resource and reserve estimates and results of engineering studies. Micon provided technical advice to the Mining Standards Task Force set up by the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Ontario Securities Commission and whose deliberations resulted in the enactment of National Instrument 43-101.

Services:
  • Property of Merit Reports
  • Mineral Resource Estimates
  • Preliminary Economic Assessments
  • Pre-feasibility Study Reporting
  • Feasibility Study Reporting
Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimates
Micon provides mineral resource estimation services to the mineral industry world-wide. Micon has experience in the preparation of mineral resource estimates and resource models for engineering studies supporting mineral reserves and is fully conversant with the mineral resource and reserve reporting codes used internationally (CIM Definitions, JORC Code, Russian system, and others).

Micon has expertise in resource estimation for a wide variety of deposit types including, iron, precious metal, base metal, rare metal, PGMs, coal and uranium.

Services:
  • Mineral Resource Estimation and Classification
  • Resource Modelling (GEMS, Surpac, Leapfrog, Datamine, Vulcan, Minesight)
  • Exploration Program Design and Advice
Preliminary Economic Assessments
A Preliminary Economic Assessment is typically used to demonstrate the economic potential of a deposit and to justify further exploration and development work, based on conceptual designs and rates of production. An appropriate contingency is applied to recognise the provisional basis of the estimates used. Selection of a preferred Base Case is used to guide further engineering. Mineral reserves cannot be defined on the basis of a PEA.
Preliminary Feasibility Studies
Pre-feasibility studies refine the Base Case using preliminary engineering designs to identify the sizes and types of equipment needed for mining, processing and project infrastructure. Factors are applied to the budgetary cost of this equipment to estimate final cost including delivery and installation, piping, instrumentation, etc. A contingency factor is applied to provide for items not accounted for in the base estimate. Mineral reserves may be defined on the basis of a positive PFS. However, a PFS is not normally used to justify construction; rather, it is used to justify an investment in further project development.
Feasibility Studies
Feasibility studies optimise the Base Case and often are used to justify a decision to finance and construct a mine. A feasibility study requires basic engineering designs for all significant plant and equipment to allow estimates of material take-off and cost to be prepared based on supplier quotations for procurement and delivery. Capital cost estimates include the time and cost of engineering, procurement and construction based on forecast rates and productivity for labour and supervision. The capital contingency is made up of separate elements to reflect the level of engineering in each principal area of the project.
Due Diligence, Review, Audit and Mineral Property Valuation
Micon provides due diligence services for mine project financing, mergers, and/or acquisitions. Economic analysis and/or valuation of mineral properties and/or mining companies are needed for the independent determination of fair market value and in all levels of feasibility study.

Micon provides the full range of expertise including geologists, mine engineers, metallurgists, mineral economic specialists, and environmental and social scientists. Micon's associates include specialists in various disciplines depending on the complexities of the project.

Micon has recognized expertise in mineral property valuation gained through consulting assignments in all major base and precious metals, the energy minerals (coal and uranium), and a wide range of industrial minerals.

Services:
  • Independent Engineer Services
  • Mineral Market Studies
  • Technical Support
  • Economic Analysis
  • Property Valuation
  • Independent Social and Environmental Monitoring
Independent Engineer Services
Micon provides Independent Engineer and due diligence services on behalf of banks and funding institutions. Starting with review of the project feasibility and environmental and social impact assessments, this includes review of credit agreements, completion test criteria and liaison with lenders' insurance consultants. Monitoring of project construction and development includes independent certification of completion. Micon draws upon its specialist associates to address specific aspects of a project, such as review of tailings dam designs and biodiversity issues.

Services:
  • Independent Review of Project Feasibility Studies
  • Independent Review of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
  • Project Monitoring
  • Completion Tests
  • Mineral Market Studies
  • Technical Support
  • Economic Analysis
  • Property Valuation
Mineral Market Analysis
The consultants at Micon have undertaken mineral market studies on a wide range of industrial and specialty minerals, metals, uranium and coal. Market analyses are conducted to provide reasoned price forecast for cash flow evaluation of mineral properties, as stand-alone market studies and for the advice of clients.

Services:
  • Industrial and Specialty Minerals:
    Rare earths, ilmenite/titanium dioxide, scandium, diatomite, non-metallurgical manganese, potash, potassium nitrate, potassium sulphate, salt, talc, emerald, pumice.
  • Base and Precious Metals:
    Gold, silver, platinum group metals, iron, nickel, copper, lead, zinc, vanadium, molybdenum, ferrochrome.
  • Uranium and Coal
Mine Planning
Micon can fulfill your mine planning needs. We are experienced in open pit and a variety of underground mining methods including blast hole open stoping, shrinkage stoping, drift and fill, room and pillar, panel caving, and deep long-wall mining using both track and trackless equipment. Our experience includes management of mine services and backfilling operations, underground and surface project management, mine planning and reserve estimation, production engineering, general mine engineering and regulatory compliance.

Services:
  • Open Pit Optimization and Design
  • Underground Mine Design
  • Development and Production Scheduling
  • Whittle, Vulcan, Surpac, Minesight
  • Equipment Selection
  • Capital and Operating Cost Estimating
  • Mine Plan Review and Optimization
Metallurgical Consulting
Micon provides metallurgical engineering and review services relating to property evaluation, feasibility studies, and operations audits. The firm's professional staff has experience in precious and base metals and industrial and energy minerals, and in a wide range of minerals processing and metallurgical extraction flowsheets.

Services:
  • Metallurgical Test Program Design, Management and Interpretation of Results.
  • Process and Flowsheet Design
  • Capital and Operating Cost Estimation
  • Process Technologies
  • Flotation
  • Solvent Extraction - Electrowinning
  • Gravity Extraction
  • Carbon-in-Leach and Carbon-in-Pulp
  • In-situ Extraction
  • Pressure Oxidation
Environmental and Social Consultant Services
Identification of issues and risks that could materially affect the ability to extract mineral reserves including, but not limited to, waste and water management plans, permitting requirements, biodiversity management, social and community consultation and development, mine reclamation and closure plans and associated costs.

Micon provides independent assessment of environmental, social and permitting issues for mining projects at all stages of development in support of NI 43-101 reports, preliminary assessments, feasibility studies and independent engineering assignments.

Advice and assistance may be provided for impact assessments, social and environmental management planning, permitting, community consultation, and closure planning.

Services:
  • Independent Reviews and Monitoring for Conformance with the Equator Principles and the IFC Social and Environmental Performance Standards
  • Assistance with Social and Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Identification of Permitting Requirements
  • Environmental Audits and Liability Assessment
  • Mine Closure Planning
Data Management
Micon's mineral resource modelling team provides advice on the construction of robust geologic databases, including support to develop, execute and supervise programs and practices that control and enhance the value of exploration data and information.
Project Management
Micon's consultants have held senior managerial positions with exploration and mining companies. Project management services are provided for exploration programs, feasibility and environmental studies.
Litigation Support
Members of the professional staff of Micon International have broad experience in advising clients involved in litigation. Micon is experienced in providing litigation support and expert witness services for cases involving base and precious metals, potash, uranium, coal, and industrial mineral properties, land and shareholder disputes, and fiduciary duty.

Services:
  • Technical Litigation Assistance
  • Mineral Property Valuation
  • Economic and Market Analysis
  • Advice on Industry Practice
  • Expert Witness