About Us & Our Experience

Exploration Geological Consulting (Pty) Ltd

We are a group of independent exploration and mine development consultants with international affiliations.  Our key strength is our depth of experience, we have worked on a wide range of projects in diverse geographical environments and cover most commodities.

We hold our clients’ hand throughout the exploration and mine development process, this is what we do well.

Our group members have decades of of field exploration and mine development experience, we’ve done most of it before and if by chance we haven’t, we’ll tell you upfront.  We know how to discover minerals and develop a project into a mine, its a piece by piece success dependent process.

Our model is simple, we charge day-rate (or monthly rate for long term work) for our management services and work with our clients to tailor projects as per their requirements.  We have a range of models we recommend  to manage projects efficiently and cost effectively.

Our group operates with complete confidentiality, we don’t advertise our clients which include public and private mining and exploration companies as well as cornerstone investors.

Our Project Experience

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Africa Projects

  • Burkina Faso
    • Hounde Project, manganese
    • Kaya Project, gold
  • Cameroon
    • Akonalinga Project, heavy minerals sands (Ti, Zr)
    • Betare Oya Project, gold
    • Dschang-Foumban Project, bauxite
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Dikulushi Project, copper-silver
    • Kipushi Project, zinc-copper-lead
    • Katanga Project (Multi-deposit), copper-cobalt
  • Ethiopia
    • Danakil Basin Project, potash
    • Agelo Mehti Project, gold
  • Liberia
    • Kitoma Iron Ore Project, hematite itabirite
    • Wologizi Iron Ore Project, magnetite itabirite
    • Goe Fantro Iron Ore Project, hematite itabirite
    • Bomi Hills Iron Ore Project, magnetite itabirite
    • St John River South, Dieke, Toto Iron Ore Projects, magnetite & hematite itabirite
  • Gabon
    • Kroussou Zn-Pb Project, VMS
    • Nyanga Syncline (Mbangoe) base metal Project, Cu-Pb-Zn
    • Lastourville base metal Project, Cu-Pb-Zn
    • Belinga Project DD, itabirite iron ore
    • Regional Gabon scale study for iron ore
    • Regional Gabon scale study base metals
  • Ghana
    • Damang Gold mine, Tarwaiian conglomerate
  • Guinea
    • Mont Nimba Iron Ore JV, supergene enriched DSO itabirite
    • Kan Kan gold Project, porphyry
  • Mali
    • Ansongo Manganese Project, supergene enrichment
    • Bamako Enrroxs Gold Lithium Project, shear-hosted greenstone
    • Kalana Gold Mine, quart vein stockwork greenstone
    • Syama Gold Project, back-arc basin shear hosted
    • Kenieba Gold Project, shear-hosted greenston
  • Mozambique
    • Tete Coal Province, rift coal basins
    • Montepuez Graphite Project, graphite metamorphic flake
    • Balama Graphite Project, graphite metamorphic flake
    • Rio Mazoe Project, BHT zinc lead
    • Regional scale study for uranium
    • Regional scale study for base metals (Cu Zn Pb Ni-Co)
  • South Africa
    • Karoo Basin, Fracking Sand study
    • Gravelotte-Consolidated Murchison Mine, stibnite and gold
    • Frischgewaagd-Wesizwe Mine, PGE
    • Styldrift-Royal Bafokeng, PGE
    • Potgeieterust Mine, PGE
    • Gras Valley Project, PGE
  • SADC
    • SADC regional coal assessment in Karoo basins
    • SADC regional uranium assessment in Karoo basins
  • Tanzania
    • Ruhuhu Basin, coal
    • Eastern Tanzania base metal portfolio, copper
    • Mkuhu River DD, uranium
    • Regional targeting for uranium in Tanzania
    • Tula Waka Project, copper
  • Uganda
    • Kikagati Project, tin
  • Zambia
    • Konkola Mine, copper
    • Regional copper assessment

Australasia Projects

  • Australia
    • New Celebration Gold Mine, Gold
    • Mt Marion, Kalgoorlie, Gold
    • Darlot Gold Mine, Gold
    • Cadia Hill Mine, Gold-Copper
    • Pilbara BHP Operations, iron ore
    • Kimberley region, base metals
    • Bangemall Basin, base metals
    • Bellambi Colliery, coal
    • Iron Duke, Iron Duchess, Iron Knight, Iron Monarch, Middleback Ranges, iron ore
    • Ardrossan Dolomite Mine
    • Coffin Bay Limesand Mine
    • Gwalia Mine,  gold
  • China
    • Various iron ore mines
  • New Zealand
    • Otago Gold Exploration Project
  • Papua New Guinea
    • Ok Tedi Mine, copper-gold

Americas Projects

  • Canada
    • Baffin Island Project, iron ore
  • Colombia
    • Terranova Project, coking and thermal coal
    • La Meil Project, coking and thermal coal
    • Various other early stage projects
  • USA
    • Idaho Blackbird District Project, copper-cobalt
    • Various DD studies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, base and precious metals
    • Nevada regional scale study, porphyry copper and hydrothermal-epithermal gold

UK and Europe Projects

  • United Kingdom
    • Redmoor Project, tin-tungsten-copper
    • Lochinvar Project, coking coal
  • Spain
    • Alquife Project, iron ore limestone replacement

Hydrogeology Studies

  • Botswana
    • Karowe Diamond Mine dewatering design and UG planning assessment
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Alphamin Tin Hydrogeological Assessment
    • Kinsevere Copper Mine Dewatering Oxide and Sulphide Zones
    • KCC KOV & Kamoto Underground Dewatering Phase 1
    • Musonoi Detailed Dewatering Assessment: Numerical Modelling Study
    • Kisanfu Copper Mine: Detailed Mine Dewatering Design
    • KML KOV Piezometer Installation and Packer Testing Supervision
  • Kenya
    • Kenya Fluorspar Dewatering Assessment Study
  • Namibia
    • SLR Otjikoto Mine Dewatering study
    • Skorpion Zinc Hydrogeological Specialist Study
  • South Africa
    • Goldfields Twin Shaft Depressurisation
    • Goldfields Doornpoort TSF Scavenger Well implementation
    • Nokeng Fluorspar Water Supply which included numerical modelling and Dewatering Design
    • Platmin Sedibelo Rural Water Supply
    • Platmin Update of Hydrogeological Specialist Study
    • Lonmin Regional Water Supply

More Info

Who are We?
  • EGC is an exploration and mine development services group which is designed to fill the technical skills gap for exploration & mine development groups when they need it.  Our services are designed to be plug and play, use us when you need us.
  • Our team comprise specialists in all facets of Mineral Exploration through to Mine Study Development.  We are comfortable operating in diverse environments and have extensive experience in Africa, Australasia and the Americas.  Each one of our specialists has at least 15-30+ years of field and technical experience.
  • We have worked on projects that extend the full mine-life cycle from regional project generation through to Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve classification and mine development studies.
  • We have kicked lots of different rocks and have worked on hundred’s of prospects around the world.
  • We have worked for some of the largest mining companies down to some of the smallest junior companies as well as private entities and cornerstone investors.
  • With our junior company experience we have knowledge and experience working with mining investors and can broker prospective projects seeking capital (market dependent).
  • We know we are truly successful when our clients’ projects succeed with mineral discoveries followed by successful mine development.
EGC Values
  • We value good quality yet practical scientific work.
  • We understand program efficiency and deliver our work on time and on budget.
  • Our work ethic is demonstrated in our commitment to the industry and our passion and drive towards mineral exploration success followed by mine successful development.
  • We understand mineral exploration is a high risk yet high reward business and only exceptional projects develop into economic mines.  Delivering cost-effective and technically efficient programs is key to maintaining a prospective portfolio of projects.
  • We have a deep understanding of the challenges in funding exploration and mine development projects, we spend it like its our own.  We have worked on projects with large hundred million dollar resource drill out budgets down to the shoe-string grass roots budget, we enjoy the diversity, its all part of what we do.
EGC Philosophy
  • We know creating mines is a very challenging business and we enjoy the challenge.
  • We know costs are fixed and time is money and efficiency is key to managing a successful mining portfolio.
  • We know first hand the first 2-3 years of a project life is critical to deliver encouraging results to continue to attract investor and management support.
  • We like to evaluate data and we know the quicker the data can be evaluated, the more cost effective the program.
  • Our experience with mine studies conducted for a range of commodities has enabled us an appreciation of what a potential mine can look like during the early exploration phases, we believe we have a good understanding of economic geology and geometallurgy which we apply early to exploration programs.  Conversely we know which components of mine studies are important to front end load during from the exploration phase into the mine development phase to save time and money.
  • We are experienced Environmental and Community Managers. We believe when done well, all parties have a good understanding of the mine and development process and conflict is avoided.  Communication, communication and more communication with interested and impacted parties keeps projects on schedule and within budget.

Examples of EGC technical experience includes:

Recent 2017-2018
  • Cobalt due diligence study in Idaho, USA.
  • Managed African exploration programs in Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Ethiopia exploring for gold.
  • Managed Redmoor tin-tungsten and Lochinvar Coking Coal projects in the UK.
  • Regional targeting in Mozambique per client commodity request with successful submission of exploration permit applications and award.
  • Review of base metal and gold opportunities in USA including Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
  • Review of a range of base metal opportunities in Mozambique and license application strategy and implementation to license award.
  • 2017-2018 Project managed the Montepuez Graphite Project Mine Definitive Feasibility Study for Battery Minerals Ltd in Mozambique. Study included full management and budget control for all outsourced studies including geological resource and mine reserve classifications, hydro geological studies, specialist graphite metallurgical studies, mine design, mine financial modelling, environmental impact assessment and mine construction schedule.
  • Prepared Mozambique Mine Concession Application reports meeting legislated requirements with license award.
  • Provided technical oversight of Balama Graphite Project and Montepuez Graphite Project field program and steering of maiden resource classifications.
  • Managed exploration stage lead zinc project in Gabon from 2013-2017 for Kroussou and other base metals projects including license application and award and eventual relinquishment (due to lack of budgets).
Prior Projects
  • Management for a wide range of field activities including reconnaissance assessments, field mapping, desktop interpretations using land satellite imagery & aerial geophysical data sets, government data compilations, all type of drilling techniques, down hole petrophysical lithological and structural interpretations, geological interpretations and models, geophysical 3D modelling and mineral resource range analysis.
  • Scoping and managing small and large impact exploration programs, some for concept, pre and feasibility investment requirements and mine development.
  • Various due diligence studies of early stage exploration through to resource and reserve classified projects and mines with a focus on economic assessments.
  • Board roles and participation, advanced project and mine operational management.
  • Commercial experience includes IPO fundraising, JV negotiations, competitive bids, hostile takeover defense strategies, company & asset sales and exit executions.
  • Base metal, coal, gold, uranium, potash & graphite – project generation roles in Africa including data compilation.
  • Negotiation of four coal projects in Colombia, negotiated JV arrangements, managed exploration program for La Miel project through feasibility and permitting of Terranova underground coking coal project.
  • Global project generation for iron ore, coal and manganese for world’s largest miner.
  • Assisted with Baffin Island iron ore Feasibility study in Canada.
  • Managed various iron ore feasibility studies in Guinea and Liberia including the Mont Nimba feasibility study.
  • Delineation of >3Mt mineral sand rutile deposit (Ti, Zr)
  • Discovered 1.5Bn laterite bauxite resource
  • Evaluation targeting and acquisition of various confidential projects in Africa for various clients.
  • Discovered various >0.5Moz gold resources.
  • Acquired MVT lead and zinc and base metal projects in Gabon for client.
  • Various DRC Katanga Province evaluations for copper and copper-cobalt.
  • Zambia limestone assessment.
  • Various regional exploration tenure strategies and applications.
  • Targeted and acquisition of carbonatite style projects in central Tanzania.
  • Regional targeting and applied for portfolio of exploration licenses in Tanzania for base metals.  Cleaned up exploration license portfolio with project relinquishments.
  • Gold and platinum projects and mines in Ghana, Mali, Cameroon and South Africa.
  • Business analytical assessment for copper including Ok Tedi (PNG), Magma copper (USA) and Beenup (Australia).
  • Mine grade control methodology and assessments for a range of mines.
  • Mine dump drilling and economic assessments.
  • Technical advisory roles for bauxite, rutile, platinum and iron ore.
  • Manganese assessments in Mali and Burkina Faso.
  • Kimberlite diamond project in Lesotho.
  • Evaluation of potash potential in Danakil Basin of Ethiopia, managed technical components of high cost exploration program which comprised seismic survey and petroleum style drilling.
  • Regional Province review of terrains in Eastern Africa prioritising and ranking prospective terrains for coal then uranium within the Karoo Supergroup.
  • Facilitated grass roots exploration teams exploring in Australia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Liberia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Gabon.
  • Evaluated and ranked client competitor projects and resources, identifying competitor opportunities and recommendation for potential acquisition for coal, uranium, iron ore, base metals (Zn-Pb, Ni, Ni-Co).
  • Managed large scale high cost drilling programs taking team from 6Km to 450Km annual drill meters per year in iron ore Pilbara Australia (2003-2005).
  • Large and small scale gold and iron ore mining (open pit and sub-level caving), smaller scale underground mining (alimak, long hole stoping and cut & fill methods) and open pit mining.
  • Mine corridor deep resource directional drilling 1-2km depth drill methods Cadia Far East near Orange, Australia.

This list provides examples of various projects worked and is not an exhaustive list of all EGC Group consultants.