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PGM processing and commercial options

Value chain consulting

Trusted metallurgical advice from a dedicated team of experts

SFA (Oxford) has extensive experience in assessing clients' advanced mineral processing offtake options and evaluating indicative commercial terms at global smelters and refineries. The SFA team has completed numerous assignments, mapping the commercial options for mine concentrate, modelling all industry smelters and refineries, and identifying and defining the various processing points (including capacity constraints) in the global value chain for concentrate from smelter to the refinery.

Commercially evaluating processing value chain opportunities

SFA's relationships with smelters and refiners and our extensive expertise and supporting databases assist clients to add or create value within the metallurgical process linkages of the value chain, whether it is to:

  • Identify existing flowsheet risks and opportunities.

  • Evaluate commercial terms for a product.

  • Decide on the best processing route.

  • Consider options to fill a smelter or refinery.

  • Benchmark a process against that of peers.

  • Provide mass pull calculation.

  • Estimate CAPEX requirements and recoveries.

  • Quantify and evaluate tailings dams.

  • Obtain a second opinion on the suitability of new technology for feed.

In determining the best method for the client to process its PGM concentrate product, we compare the various market opportunities. This analysis provides a valuable assessment for the sale of the different PGM products at various positions in the value chain and examines the impact of moving up or down the value chain with each product. This approach helps the client to compare the economics of the sale of PGM concentrate.

Recently, we carried out a comparative analysis of white matte and green matte options (Platsol™ products) for one of our clients. This analysis typically takes into account the commercial terms that the client could expect to receive from the potential customer base. Included in the consultation, we provided the client with an understanding of the PGM market and the potential impact of its products on the market.

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Beresford Clarke

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Principal Consultant

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