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Saint Barbara is an independent UK-based consultancy firm that offers specialist advice to the world's metal, minerals and mining industries.
Latest Metals and Mining Sector Projects
Shipping – Advice on specification of steel scrap cargo. Valuation of steel cargoes marooned in Odessa. Valuation of nickel ore cargo.
Shipping – Advice on carriage of various cargoes – Soda ash, bentonite and copper concentrates.
Shipping – Advice on cargo of lead ingots contaminated with seawater.
Shipping – Advice on iron ore concentrate cargo.
Shipping – Advice on carriage of iron ore pellets cargo.
Shipping – Valuation of cargo of copper concentrate. Advice on carriage of various cargoes – phosphate rock, pyroxenite pyrites and Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI).
Shipping – Advice on carriage of various cargoes – coal tar pitch pencil, sulphur and iron ore.
Shipping – Advice on dewatering ores and concentrates by liquefaction. Advice on testing procedures for identifying cargo as iron ore fines either Direct Reduced Iron (DRI (C)).
Expert Witness – Review of advanced gold acquisition scheme. Shipping – Advice on condition of coal cargo and advice on contaminated cargo of salt.
Shipping – Advice on carriage of silico-manganese cargoes. Advice on lime washing of vessel hold structures to protect from corrosion by salt cargo.
Advice on transportation of self-heating zinc concentrate cargo.
Ongoing Expert Witness - Dispute concerning name, characteristics, specifications and contract terms for consignments of copper concentrate.
Expert Witness – Dispute between processing equipment supplier and mining company over design and performance of equipment.
Expert Witness - Dispute concerning name, characteristics, specifications and contract terms for consignments of copper concentrate and shipping advice on carriage of nickel ore.
Shipping - Advice on loading and carriage of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) cargo.
Investigation into theft of tin concentrate consignments, Central Africa
Ongoing input into feasibility study (advising on metallurgical pilot plant testing and concentrate product quality) for a Ni-Cu-PGM Project, Finland
Expert Witness - Advice on Exploration Techniques for a Judicial Review of Exploration Licences in Northern Ireland
Investigation into in insurance claim for loss of copper concentrates at a Far Eastern smelter due to a typhoon.
Investigation into alleged tonnage loss and change in quality of copper concentrate shipped from Peru to Malaysia.
Input into feasibility study (advising on metallurgical pilot plant testing and concentrate product quality) for a Finnish Ni-Cu-PGM Project.
Due diligence on the assets of a Lead-Zinc smelter in Germany, for a potential buyer.
Assistance with DRI concept study in Africa (mining, beneficiation and pellet plant issues).
Risk assessment of Turkish Trona (Soda Ash) deposit for investment bank.
Expert Witness representing the Buyer in a dispute over the value of a consignment of Nickel Oxide.
Review of zinc rich steel dust recycling process.
Expert tin processing advice on a project in the CIS.
Opinion on mining risk at a gold deposit in Kyrgystan. Expert witness reporting on spent drilling muds.
Expert witness appearance on zinc processing in London Arbitration.
Petcoke and Indonesian self-heating coal advice.
Environmental audit on secondary lead processing plant, S Korea. Advice on manganese ore pricing.
Review of antimony processing plant design for a potential lender. Advice on radioactivity of containerised PVC cargo.
Advice on zinc retorting. Market valuation of sound arrived rock phosphate cargo.
Two confidential witness appearances at London and Geneva arbitrations. Advice on pet coke sales and self-heating coal.
Advice on manganese ore transportable moisture limit. Pricing of manganese and chromite ores.
Due Diligence and valuation of coal deposits in Bosnia Herzegovenia. Advice on caked cement and di-ammonnium phosphate cargoes.
Bulk shipping advice on a confidential intermediate mineral product.
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