Independent Consultants.

Agapito Associates
Agapito Associates, Inc. (AAI) has served the mining industry for 35 years in the disciplines of mining engineering, civil engineering, geological engineering, and geology. AAI offers expertise in rock mechanics, mine planning, and resource assessment. Specialties include mine design, mine planning, rock testing, numerical modeling, instrumentation design and installation, stress measurement, ground control, subsidence, solution mining, ventilation, highwall mining, slope design, mine backfill, equipment selection, cost estimating, permitting, feasibility, due diligence, expert testimony and independent resource evaluation for TSX/SEC/JORC reporting. AAI also offers rock mechanics testing, underground core drilling, core logging, and geologic modeling.

Hazen Research
Hazen Research, Inc. (Hazen) is an employee-owned industrial research and development firm located in Golden, Colorado. The company was founded in 1961 by a small group of metallurgists with strong backgrounds in research and process development for the mining and chemical industries. Over the years, Hazen has grown to its present size of 215 employees with facilities and an extensive inventory of laboratory and pilot plant equipment to carry out projects ranging from bench-scale experiments and analyses to multimillion-dollar continuous pilot plants. Hazen has completed over 10,000 projects for industrial clients, ranging from mining and chemical to environmental and energy industries, from all over the world. Hazen has developed hundreds of hydrometallurgical, pyrometallurgical, and mineral beneficiation processes for most commercial metals and industrial minerals, and for many inorganic chemicals. In addition to research and development activities, Hazen provides engineering services for preliminary layout and cost estimation for small-scale industrial chemical plants and mineral-treatment facilities.

INTERA provides the water resource planning tools and expertise needed to support sound decision making. Water resource planning requires applying the principles of geology, hydrology, environmental engineering, economics, system analysis, and information management to find solutions to problems of too much water, too little water, or water of unacceptable quality. Because it frequently involves competing interests and limited resources, this planning must be done through close coordination and collaboration with multiple agencies and stakeholders. This is best accomplished through a partnership approach, whereby public agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders work together in a collaborative decision making framework. INTERA’s water resource planning clients include municipal water suppliers, state and federal agencies, and industry. Effective water management involves numerous interrelated aspects of planning including demand analysis, land use analysis, the interaction of groundwater and surface water resources, water supply options, environmental issues, infrastructure, water rights, reservoir operations, financing, and economic analysis. It represents a combination of technical issues that are inherently quantitative balanced with other issues that are qualitative in nature, such as public perception, stakeholder support, or environmental suitability. INTERA’s staff brings the expertise and experience to help in every aspect of water resource planning and management.

Novopro Projects
Novopro Projects Inc. (Novopro) is a project-oriented company specializing in the development, engineering, and management of projects and related technologies as applied to the metallurgical, mining and mineral processing industries. Formed by a group of consulting engineers with extensive experience relevant to projects, the company has succeeded in a steady record of sustainable growth since its inception in 2007. The potash sector has become an area where Novopro has proven its capabilities with a steady record of successful completion of mandates to numerous clients in Canada and abroad, for both MOP and SOP. Within the potash industry, solution mining is considered an area of specialization where Novopro continues to develop expertise with an in-house dissolution testing laboratory that is used to predict brine compositions that would be produced by using solvents with selected pre-concentrations and temperatures on core samples recovered from the deposit under investigation.

Resource Development Inc. (RDi) was established to fill a growing need for high-quality, cost-effective, and timely technical and consulting services to the international mining industry. RDi’s blend of diversified experience and education has created niches including:

  • Plant Auditing (metallurgy, energy, etc.)
  • Diagnostic Leaching of Refractory Gold and Copper Ores
  • Innovative Methods for Mine/Waste Water Treatment (environmental)
  • Systematic Process Development Programs
  • Metallurgical and Operator Training, Plant Auditing, and Process Development Courses
  • Design of Mineral Processing/Analytical Laboratories

RDi accomplishes cost-effective solutions by prescribing a systematic approach to project management through effective utilization of our professional and technical staff, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and a network of associates.

SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and in the provision of operations and maintenance services. Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 40 countries around the world, and is currently active in some 100 countries. SNC-Lavalin's Mining and Metallurgy division can undertake every stage of mining project development from scoping studies and metallurgical test work, to feasibility analysis and final design, to construction and commissioning. M&M has completed 350 projects worldwide in the fields of alumina / aluminum, copper, gold, diamonds, zinc, potash, phosphates, iron ore, uranium and nickel, including some of the largest projects ever undertaken in the industry. SNC-Lavalin maintains exceptionally high standards for quality, health and safety, and environmental protection, and is committed to delivering projects on budget and on schedule.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
For over 85 years, Veolia’s HPD® Evaporation and Crystallization technology has helped clients meet their fiscal, production and environmental objectives by providing systems that produce products and by-products, reuse/recycle valuable water resources, and reduce effluent volume.

Veolia systems crystallize fertilizer products from natural sources (mined or solution mined deposits) or by-product streams from other processes, offering system designs that provide high availability and potential operational savings. These unique crystallization systems offer the flexibility to meet a wide range of production requirements guaranteeing crystal size and purity for fertilizer products such as ammonium sulfate, potassium chloride, potassium sulfate and potassium nitrate.

Ecology and Environment
Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E&E) has provided environmental consulting services throughout the Rocky Mountain region since 1979. E&E has more than 800 technical staff throughout the United States and has extensive experience with permitting of new mining operations, planning and monitoring reclamation of mined areas, and remediation of historic mining waste sites. E&E's team has experience with mining projects throughout the United States as well as Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia. This experience includes potash, precious metals, base metals, coal, oil shale, aggregate, and other materials. E&E supported ICP over many phases of the Ochoa project including the Pre-Feasibility Study; Plan-of-Operations; baseline ecological/biological resource surveys, including T&E species and waters of the United States; existing infrastructure surveys; and as third-party contractor for a BLM Environmental Assessment of the project geotechnical surveys.