Unlike traditional mineral resources that occur as solid deposits, mineral-enriched brine resources reside within porous- and fractured-rock aquifers. Estimating the mineral resources and reserves in a brine deposit presents technical challenges; this process requires understanding not only the spatial and temporal variability of brine densities and concentrations but also the variability of flow characteristics in the host aquifer. Since 2009, M&A has helped clients develop sound mining plans by exploring, characterizing, quantifying, and developing their mineral reserves.
- Conducting field and modeling investigations to define drainable resources and economically extractable reserves
- Developing variable-density groundwater flow models to predict how mineral concentrations change with pumping
- Designing wellfields, trenches, and extraction systems
- Predicting sustainable production rates
- Assessing freshwater resources required for mineral processing
- Providing expert review and assessment of technical reports and site conditions
- Preparing technical reports by Qualified Persons in compliance with Canadian National Instrument (NI) 43-101 and Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) requirements