Mine to Market

Mine to Market

Areas of Study: Management

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This course is about marketing of base metal concentrates, the product of many base metal mining operations. A description of the market factors influencing the concentrate terms is presented along with a detailed review of the historical aspects of the terms of a smelter contract for zinc concentrates. These provide a basis for determining a realistic value of the revenue from the sale of these concentrates.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 10 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

This course is about marketing of base metal concentrates, the product of many base metal mining operations. A description of the market factors influencing the concentrate terms is presented along with a detailed review of the historical aspects of the terms of a smelter contract for zinc concentrates. These provide a basis for determining a realistic value of the revenue from the sale of these concentrates.

The course also covers the operation of a smelter, which will further assist in establishing the details of any mine-smelter contract.

Course Content

The course comprises 11 learning sessions, each of approximately 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables and references, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 10 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and evaluate the market factors influencing the value of a base metal concentrate.
  • Discuss the terms of a smelter contract for base metal concentrates.
  • Identify the operation of a smelter and how this may affect the details of a mine-smelter contract.

Recommended Background

  • An understanding of basic mine, concentrator and smelter operations
  • A degree in engineering, metallurgy or business

Hugh Hamilton

Hugh Hamilton was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has worked for Kennecott-Canada in development of geo-chemical techniques for the exploration for heavy metals, and for Cominco as Development Engineer, Plant Superintendent and Assistant to the Manager of Operations, focusing on the area of budgeting and production forecasting. In the latter years, he was the manager of concentrate purchasing for Cominco's large lead/zinc complex at Trail, BC. More recently he has moved into consulting to the mining, smelting and secondary industries as well as metal/concentrate trading businesses.