AMC’s Benchmarking Studies, in conjunction with their detailed Operational Analysis studies, at AngloGold Ashanti’s Continental African Region operations provided us with insights into the key drivers of open pit mining performance and the potential operating cost savings that could be realised. AMC were able to provide an independent analysis of the current and future cost bases for each operation. They provided valuable input to the AngloGold’s Mining Task Force Project.
Contract negotiations were made transparent by using productivity and cost data from AMC’s Open Pit Benchmarking.
The data identified opportunities for equipment productivity improvements, which translate to lower unit mining costs. With transparent data, we were able to negotiate a schedule of rates which benefits both the client and the contractor.
I have utilised the AMC Benchmarking service in a number of underground mining operations for which I was responsible.
The information gleaned enabled the management team to assess the operations performance against similar producers to determine focussed performance improvement plans. Immediate and longer term strategies were developed that ensured the robustness of the operation in a challenging environment. The base information provided in the AMC Benchmarking is an invaluable tool for those wishing to optimise their existing operations.
AMC Consultants has conducted independent Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve Reviews for Newcrest Mining Limited since 2006. AMCs principal role is to provide confidence to the Newcrest board with respect to Newcrest’s public reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves and compliance with reporting codes.
In addition AMC provides management reports that comment on areas of improvement that could be addressed by Newcrest in estimating Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. Newcrest considers that AMC has conducted these reviews over a long period of time professionally and diligently and Newcrest considers that AMC contributes very positively to its corporate governance and its high professional standar
Perilya operates two underground lead/zinc/silver mines in Broken Hill (NSW Australia). Southern Operations is a remnant operation targeting 1.5Mt per annum of ore. Potosi Operation is a brownfield operation targeting 0.4Mt per annum of ore.
In the period from 2008 to 2012 AMC Consultants annually reviewed the estimation of the Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve for Perilya's Broken Hill Operations.
AMC's scope was to provide an independent technical review of the Mineral Resource an Ore Reserve in terms of data quality, process, methodology and with a view to identifying any significant concerns or risks. To meet the scope AMC engaged with site personnel during the estimation process to ensure to ensure that there would be no unresolved issues at the time of public reporting, and that the estimates would be reportable in accordance with the JORC Code. Issues identified during the reviews were addressed during the process and recommendations for improvements were implemented in subsequent years.
AMC provided constructive input to the estimation process, and assisted site personnel in their roles as Competent Persons.
AMC's role was acknowledged in the public reporting of Perilya's Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve. Perilya found AMC to be professional, competent an thorough in the provision of this service.
AMC’s Benchmarking and Operational Analysis Study provided OZ Minerals with insights into the key drivers of open pit mining performance. The study analysis enabled the mining department to develop and implement targeted business improvement plans.
Brian has a gift of explaining the complex concept of cut-off grade and the strategic importance of mine planning.
AMC have been involved on a regular basis at UHG since 2010 and have been instrumental in training and mentoring local geotechnical staff with the expertise necessary to manage the challenging structural conditions on site. This has contributed substantially to the safety of our operation, with Mine Operations and Technical Services confident in the monitoring and controls in place.
I want to take this opportunity to thank-you personally Mort for excellent work and guidance during my team in Tennessee. It has truly been a pleasure working with you and your AMC partners. I was especially appreciative of your audits and sign-offs. I greatly appreciated your personal approach to auditing by mentoring and training. I am sure all the guys did as well. You have helped our staff grow and that is so critical to our industry.
The Sishen mining team delivered a 15% increase in ore production for 2014.
AMC’s expert knowledge in mine operations and planning was of great assistance in identifying significant opportunities that were ready for immediate implementation. AMC worked closely with the Sishen team in 2014 to assist in acting upon these opportunities. A highlight of AMC's work was its involvement in strategically re-designing the mine extraction sequencing. This work has greatly assisted the increase in 2014 ore production, while enabling production levels to be sustained over the remaining life-of-mine schedule. I would have no hesitation in recommending AMC’s services to any mine operator seeking real value delivery in these challenging market conditions.
I had twice the opportunity to work with the AMC Mining Consultants Ltd. performing technical audits of our mining operations in Chile.
It is of great advantage to Anglo American that The AMC Mining Consultants Ltd. has a wide range of mining expertise from exploration and evaluation of mineral resources through mine planning, mining schedule optimization to geotechnical assessments in both operational environments: open cast and underground mining.
Indeed, the AMC group met our expectations carrying out its work diligently, with enthusiasm and technical excellence. In the execution of works the company AMC was exceeding our expectation proposing solutions and assessing us with eagerness and commitment. The objectives and deadlines were always achieved.
Below are testimonials from five of AMC's clients in Singapore and the region recorded during the official opening of AMC's office in Singapore. They feature Foong Chong Lek from the SGX, Sebastian Jones from the Singapore Mining Club, WH Lim from Aras Kuasa, Alex Tan from Canaccord Genuity, and Chan Koon Mong from Angka Alamjaya Sdn Bhd.
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