Africa-based consultants retained by the company include:
BMR engaged the services of Tony Francis BSc Eng. Metallurgy, ARSM, FIMMM, CEng of Francis Minerals Consulting Limited to undertake a Peer Review of the Company's proposed processing methodology for producing lead and zinc from the Kabwe tailings.
Tony Francis is a Chartered, graduate metallurgical engineer with more than thirty years of experience in the metallurgical processing industries. He is an Independent Consulting Metallurgical Engineer and director of Francis Minerals Consulting Ltd. Tony has wide experience of major capital project works from inception and design to construction and commissioning. He also has extensive experience in research investigations on laboratory, pilot plant and industrial scales.
Tony has undertaken due diligence studies for mining companies and financial institutions and is familiar with valuation and financial appraisal techniques. He has worked at senior management level on the Zambian Copperbelt responsible for operating high tonnage ore processing plants. Presently he is serving on the Council of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining as Chairman of the Minerals Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Board.
The Company has contracted JA Consultancy, based in Lusaka, Zambia, an Environmental Specialist organisation, to prepare, present and assist in securing approval for a further Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) from ZEMA (Zambia Environmental Management Agency).
JA Consultancy is led by Dr Jewette Masinja who obtained an MSc in Minerals Engineering at Birmingham University and a PhD in Mineral Processing at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Dr Masinja has in-depth knowledge of environmental management in the mining industry. On behalf of the Zambian Government in 1997 and 1998, he developed the national mining environmental legislation which is currently in force in Zambia, specifically the Mines and Minerals (Environmental) Regulations Statutory Instrument No 29 of 1997 and the Environmental Protection Fund Regulations, Statutory Instrument No 102 of 1998.
The Company has engaged the services of Edward Musonda, an experienced metallurgist, to work under the direction of Dr Geoff Casson on the process design of the Kabwe Pilot Plant.
Mr Musonda holds a Bachelor of Mineral Sciences (B.Min.Sc) Degree in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing from the University of Zambia and has over 20 years' experience in mineral processing of gold and base metals with Anglo America, Gold Fields, Bateman Engineering Projects and ZCCM Investments Holdings ("ZCCM"). Heworked for ZCCM in R&D at the Anglo American Research Laboratory, involving gold and base metal pilot plant testing; and, for Gold Fields, on refractory gold ores bio-oxidation R&D as a Project Engineer, designing gold processing plants. In addition, he has led metallurgical teams, undertaken feasibility studies and managed projects from construction through to production.