JKTech & FPC announce integrated Value Chain and Management System Review

Many organisations consistently fail to reach their production targets or cost budgets and quite frequently both. Compounding this problem, they also struggle to break the cycle and make systematic and lasting improvements. Mine-to-Mill improvement projects have been conducted globally over many years and often provide value in the short term, but the ore and personnel involved inevitably change, making these technical projects difficult to sustain in the long term. Research and experience consistently demonstrate that the problems, which are often… Read More »JKTech & FPC announce integrated Value Chain and Management System Review

AusIMM Bulletin Feb 18: Modern collaboration apps for resources professionals

Two weeks after returning from a business trip to Europe, I finally decided to clean up my desk. To my delight, there is the AusIMM Bulletin, which is always packed with interesting articles, patiently waiting to be discovered.

The reason this one’s a bit more special for me is that it contains an article I penned over Christmas. While I’m probably one of the more techy blokes in his fifties (I get most of my info via screens), it’s still special to see one’s own words in print. It’s been a couple of years since my last paper, Improving Consistency of Delivery at Mt Rawdon Operation, which I co-authored and co-presented at the International Mine Management Conference in Brisbane with Mark Boon.

Thanks to all who contributed to the article (my teammates here at FPC, Paul Moynagh from Commit.Works, my son Alex Franklin, his good friend Nick Doblo and numerous others.)

If you don’t have access to the hardcopy and would like to learn more about how our clients and our team at FPC get more done, you can read the piece here. I hope you find it interesting and of value. Please let me know what you think!

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Development Projects: Are You Leaving Too Much Money On The Table?

How improving your management practices will reduce the risk of suboptimal NPV / IRR.

Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR) are key measures for organisations deciding which combination of options provide the optimal business outcomes.

A project is considered a failure if it did not at least meet its expected business value ‘On-Time, In-Full’ (OTIF). But what about those many marginal projects? From experience we know that there are many, many cases where a combination of circumstance and suboptimal practices have resulted in projects that might not be classified as failures but nevertheless, they failed to provide the full return to their investors.

Among other points, in their paper ‘The Use and Abuse of Feasibility Studies’, W Mackenzie and N Cusworth conclude that feasibility studies tend to focus on technical issues at the expense of critical business and project delivery issues. On the flipside, the following is an example of where the project teams managed to turn the game around from marginal/non-feasible proposals to extremely positive ones.

A North American producer with a potential gold mine in South America found themselves with such a marginal project. The initial feasibility study did not greatly attract investor confidence by posting moderate returns of 15% with a payback of 7 years. The developer could have proceeded on that basis, as yes it would make some money, but instead boldly decided to give the Feasibility Study one more go. The team managed to turn around what seemed to be a doomed value proposition, to a fully funded, now operational venture with returns exceeding market expectations. Less than a year later the team had:

  • Increased NPV by 25%,
  • Increased IRR by 155%,
  • Decreased Startup Capital by 60%, and
  • Reduced Payback from 7 to 3 ½ years

What’s going on here?

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