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Project evaluation services

Exploiting minerals profitably and responsibly requires experience and insight into the key technical, commercial, economic, legal, financial and political issues.

CMA has extensive experience of helping governments and commercial ventures assess the viability of a natural resources project from initial conceptual study, through to pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility studies.

Along the way, we co-ordinate all technical aspects such as independent assaying of cores, oil upgrading test work and development of models to evaluate overall project economics.

Minerals we have studied, evaluated and managed include: oil shale and tar sands, coal, oil and gas resources, gold, silver and platinum group metals, tin and tantalum, tungsten, copper, lead, zinc, bauxite and alumina, phosphate and potash, diamonds and gemstones, ilmenite and rutile, industrial minerals, nickel, chrome and molybdenum.

Recent evaluation projects

Conducting due diligence on coal mining assets

CMA was retained to compile a due diligence report as part of a pre-acquisition technical assessment of coal mining assets in both South Africa and Wales for global energy provider RWE AG. The work entailed technical, commercial, organisation, management and market reviews, all feeding into an economic model.

Evaluating a Congolese potash mine

CMA was approached by the Congo Potash Company to provide a concise, objective evaluation of exploration and mining data retrieved from the files of MDPA, a French company that operated the Holle Potash Mine in Congo Brazzaville during the 1970s.

Due diligence review for gold and base metals opportunities

CMA consultants completed a due diligence review of a gold/polymetallic mining opportunity in Armenia on behalf of a UK contract mining company. Work included assessing political risk and conducting financial, geological, mining, ore processing and marketing assessments. In addition, a comprehensive orebody modelling exercise was undertaken by CMA’s staff onsite in Armenia using specialist software.

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