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CSC

Excellence In Risk Management

The “bankable feasibility study” is not a guarantee that a mining project will produce a planned outcome. Further independent review is advisable, if not necessary, to test and validate strategic targets, directions and goals. Quantitative risk analysis can not only play a key role in the making of quality decisions for project approval, but will also provide grounded measures for project execution risk management.

Bankable feasibility studies for mining projects

D. S. Evans, PhD, PGeol.

Sr. Partner

CSC Project Management Services

Calgary

403-233-7994, [email protected]


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There are more risks to mining than just commodity price fluctuations…. Limitation Statements define some uncertainties, but not all of them…..

Statements, other than statements of historical fact, may constitute forward-looking information and include, without limitation, timing and content of upcoming feasibility studies and other economic or financial analyses; anticipated availability and terms of future financing; future production, operating and capital costs; and operating or financial performance.

-OR-

Forward-looking information involves various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: fluctuations in commodity prices and currency exchange rates; the need for co-operation of government agencies in the issuance of required permits and approvals; the possibility of delay in development work or in construction and uncertainty of meeting anticipated milestones; and other risks and uncertainties.


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Mining is a risky business and each stage is impacted by uncertainties

Political

Uncertainty

Political

Uncertainty

Financial &

Economic

Uncertainty

Investor

Uncertainty

Science &

Technology

Uncertainty

Investor

Uncertainty

Mining

Complexity

Geological

Uncertainty

Market &

Commodity

Pricing

Uncertainty

Construction

Uncertainty

Mining

Uncertainty

Metallurgical

Uncertainty

Location

Uncertainty

Exploration

Performance

Development

Performance

Mining

Performance

Processing

Performance

Marketing

Performance

Corporate

Performance

Social &

Environmental

Uncertainty

Social &

Environmental

Uncertainty

Social &

Environmental

Uncertainty

Social &

Environmental

Uncertainty

Social &

Environmental

Uncertainty

Social &

Environmental

Uncertainty

Pervasive,

Largely

Uncontrollable

Risks

Poorly Defined

and somewhat

Controllable

Risks

Direct

Controllable

Risks

Global Financial &

Economic Risks

“Risk Categories”


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Definitions & Basis

  • Typically, a bankable feasibility study is a comprehensive forward analysis of a project’s economics (+/-15% precision) to be used by financial institutions to assess the credit-worthiness for project financing.

  • The feasibility part is guided by a set of assumptions, a strategy, development conditions and a planned outcome. The outcome is uncertain and targets and objectives may not be achievable.

  • The bankable part relates to the basis and conditions for a future financial agreement to collateralize mining assets for a project loan, to set a premium and a repayment schedule, with appropriate risk/reward factors.


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What do others say about mining feasibility studies…

  • “The mining industry has had a spotty record in the area of estimating initial capital cost and operational performances, even though the standard of feasibility studies has improved in the last decade. Third party reviews rarely have time and funds for due diligence”…taken from Shillabeer and Gypton, Mining Risk Management, 2003, Australian IMM Proceedings

  • Project Evaluation 2007 contains an article entitled “The Use and Abuse of (Mining) Feasibility Studies” by Mackenzie and Cusworth who state that most feasibility examples are unbalanced, or provide inaccurate views of one or both technical and business aspects. The authors subscribe to a project management framework (to include risk analysis) to overcome strategic and execution failures that often occur following feasibility studies


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So what does +/- 15% really mean?

  • A +/-15% estimate is somewhere between the definition of a Class 5 and Class 2 estimate. Class has to do with both the content and quality of the estimate and the estimating confidence (precision).

  • Well, doesn’t contingency cover estimate shortfalls (+15%)? Contingency is a separate decision in support of the estimate to resolve cost uncertainty precision. Current thinking is that contingency will be “used up” for some, but not all cost categories. Contingency does NOT make the estimate “more accurate”.

  • Quantitative Risk Analysis is a process to assess and quantify the potential variances around project drivers. When key project drivers (i.e. risks) become quantified, corrective measures and actions can be taken, with confidence, in the making of quality decisions about precision and accuracy.


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The bankable feasibility study as a comprehensive engineering study, cost estimate and mining development plan

  • Normally, a feasibility study is prepared by a qualified engineer or estimator. It is a forward-looking document that captures a precisionlevel but not necessarily an acceptable* level of accuracy.

  • So, what does “bankable feasibility” really mean in terms of accuracyfor owner and investor confidence in the development and construction of a mining project?

  • And how does risk analysis capture precision and accuracy for better decision-making and executing a transparent, accountable and defensible execution plan?

* As known or required by the project owner


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The hierarchy of Capital Cost estimates

  • Conceptual (Class 10 Estimate)

  • Class 5 (also called DBM Estimate)

  • Pre-Feasibility (Class 3 or 5, depending)

  • Class 2 or 3 (+/-15% has now gained acceptance as a bankable feasibility study)

  • AFE Estimate, may be a Class 1 or Class 2 and is designed to go for project sanction & EPC bids. It should be the most accurate and the most precise estimate obtainable given circumstances and conditions; and, is normally accompanied by a PEP.


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Precision and accuracy are separate variables in the Cost Estimate

“Precision”

“Accuracy”

  • Precision is the ability to reproduce a result;

  • Accuracy is a confidence in the absolute result or outcome.


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The Definition of Estimate Classes

  • The Study or Class 5 estimate is prepared in conjunction with the Design Basis Memorandum phase of the project. At this point all critical design alternatives have been examined and the preliminary project execution plan has been established. This type of estimate is defined as “an estimate, including contingency, that has a probability of overrun by more than 10%, 1 time in 3”.

  • The AFE or Class 2 estimate is prepared in conjunction with the Basic Engineering phase of a project. At this point, all key design documents such as P&ID’s, layouts and electrical single lines have been established. The project execution plan, construction plan, and schedule have also been established. This type of estimate is defined as where “the final cost of the project will be within plus or minus 10% of the estimated value, 80% of the time”.


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  • The definition of estimate classes describes the expected range of

  • uncertainty around an estimate (in assessment and simulation this is

    • the slope of the probability distribution)

Class II Accuracy

Class V Accuracy

Estimate including contingency,

has a probability of 10% overrun, 1 time in 3.

Final cost will be within

+/- 10% of the estimate, 80% of the time

Base estimate plus contingency

200 $MM

Base estimate plus contingency

200 $MM

100%

100%

90%

90%

80%

80%

P90 =220 $MM

+10%

P90 =237 $MM

+19%

70%

70%

60%

60%

Probability

P50 = 200 $MM

P50 = 200 $MM

50%

50%

Probability

P90-P10 = 80%

P67.7 crosses at 10% over estimate

40%

40%

30%

30%

20%

20%

P10 =168 $MM

-19%

P10 =180 $MM

-10%

10%

10%

0%

0%

180

200

240

180

200

220

240

160

$MM

$MM


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Quantitative risk analysis calculates the probability distribution of a cost outcome

This distribution can be used to :

1. Determine the contingency required for any confidence level (probability).

2. Compare the estimate uncertainty (slope) with other estimate class definitions.

Base = 160 $MM

100%

90%

P90 =222 $MM

+11%

80%

Slope of

Class V Estimate

70%

40 $MM

Contingency

Required for

P50 Confidence

60%

Slope of

Class 2 Estimate

Probability

50%

40%

P50 = 200 $MM

30%

20%

P10 =178 $MM

-9%

10%

0%

120

160

200

240

280

$MM


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A example of risk analysis applied to a mining capital cost estimate


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$ 3,799k Estimate

Shaft

Excavation

Materials/

Estimate

Variance

Level

Excavation

Subsurface

Equipment

Scope

Variance

Total

Project

CAPEX

Roads

Infrastructure

Miscellaneous

Water

($ 1,602k/yr)

$ 2,592k

Sustaining

Capital

Administration

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The CAPEX Influence Diagram for a UG Mining Construction Project

Bid

Rate

$ 53,635k

Competing

Projects

Mine

$ 38,215k

Labour

Rate

$ 11,621k

$ 171,682k

$58,387k

Used

Equipment

Mill

Labour

Productivity

$ 1,270k

$ 17,570k

Organization

Performance

Exchange

Rate

Local

Benefits

Cost

Variance

$ 11,121k

$5,179k

$22,088k

Engineering

Cost

Variance

Contingency

@ 15%

$ 20,001k

$ 17,409k

Indirects

EPCM


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From the probabilistic simulation conducted during the quantitative risk analysis, the Expected Value output of Total CAPEX is $ 181 MM, which is $ 9 MM above the Base with contingency.

Base Expected P10 P90

Mine CAPEX 53.6 66.6 49.1 85.7

Mill CAPEX 58.4 60.6 58.3 63.5

Infrastructure 17.6 23.6 16.0 35.3

Indirects 20.0 30.5 21.6 42.1

Contingency 22.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Total CAPEX 172 $MM 181 $MM 151 $MM 212 $MM

  • Expected Value is P55 or about a 55% chance of happening

  • P10 & P90 are each about a 10% chance of happening and define the range of this outcome which is a measure of the accuracy of the estimate


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The Base Capital Cost estimate is $ 172 MM. The expected Total Capital Cost is $ 181 MM. In this case there is only a 39% chance that the project will achieve the CAPEX Base Case estimate with contingency

Base with contingency

( 172 $MM)

Total CAPEX

100

90

Mine Base

54 $MM

80

Mill Base

58 $MM

70

EV = 181 $MM

60

Probability

50

40

30

20

Mill CAPEX EV = 61 $MM

Mine CAPEX EV = 67 $MM

Total CAPEX EV = 181 $MM

10

0

0

50

100

150

200

250

$MM


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The Range in CAPEX is largely due to uncertainty in Mine Unit Cost Variance, Mine Quantities Variance and Level Development Scope Variance.

Total Capital Expenditure

$MM

-15

-10

-5

0

5

10

15

20

Mine Unit Cost Variance - Multiplier

1

1.5

Mine Quantities Variance - Multiplier

0.86

1.26

Competing Projects Environment

Cool

Heated

Level Excavation Scope Variance- Multiplier

0.84

1.18

Infrastructure Costs

0.7

2

Execution Organization Performance

Excellent

Poor

Infrastructure Construction Duration - Months

7

12

Regulatory Process Duration - Months

10

34

Tailings Cost Variance - Multiplier

0.8

6

Road Cost Variance -Base - 1.27 MM

2.5

7

Subsurface Equipment Costs

1.01

1.3

Mine Construction Duration - Months

18

28

EPCM Cost Variance -Base - 9.6 + 6.7MM 15.5%

0.12

0.14

Community Negotiations & Agreements Duration - Months

11

25

Water Cost Variance -Base - 5.2 MM

4.2

7

181 $MM


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Expected increases to Construction Costs add $ 23 MM to the Base CAPEX Estimate. Schedule Impacts add $ 7 MM.

Total CAPEX

190

EV = 181 $MM

+9

180

0

-1

+2

+12

170

$MM

160

+7

150

Base = 150 $MM

140

Schedule

Mill Costs

Infrastructure

Costs

Mine Costs

Indirect Costs

Labour Costs


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A planned outcome requires a sound strategy and a sound execution plan

Strategy

Flawed Sound

Doomed from the Beginning

A Botched Job

In absolute terms, there is about a one in four chance of getting the “right” strategy paired with the “right” execution plan for the “planned outcome”…

Flawed

Execution

Flirting with Disaster

A Pretty Good Chance

Sound

...the idea is to get it approximately right rather than perfectly wrong...


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Bankable Feasibility Studies for Mining Projects….things to remember.

  • Accuracy and precision are different.Accurate estimates are precise, but precise estimates are not necessarily accurate.

  • Beware of the Halo Effect: the tendency to believe and place faith that your strategy and execution plan are sound, grounded, etc.;

  • The Delusion of Absolute Performance: any given formula cannot ensure high organizational performance, etc.;

  • The Delusion of Lasting Success: enduring success is not sustainable;

  • Recognize the Role of Uncertainty: adjust your thinking to accommodate uncertainty (risk & opportunity!) and make better decisions;

  • See your Project through Probabilities: approach problems as interlocking internal and external probabilities;

  • Separate Inputs from Outcomes: actions and outcomes are imperfectly linked. It is easy to infer that bad outcomes must mean somebody made mistakes, or a good outcome must mean somebody made good decisions (or got lucky!);

  • There are more things that can go wrong rather than right in execution: determine the project drivers, assess & quantify risk and develop a risk management plan to build better valued projects;


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A Final Note…. Estimate

  • We often hear the phrase “We have to get cost certainty or else……) We are rarely told what the “or else” is, but it sounds pretty awful. In these circumstances, CSC takes the position that owners, their consultants and contractors to look for the value proposition in their development and construction projects. Should your project go over budget, or goes long, make sure that the project achieves value in the completed cost. When the project delivers value that respects or justifies the cost, then it is a good project.


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  • Specifics:

  • Supports Owner Organizations in major project development.

  • Group formed in 1982, over 350 project assignments in 7 countries.

  • Extensive and varied background in Project Planning and Management.

  • Specialties:

  • Risk & Decision Analysis for a wide range of capital Projects.

  • Strategic & Mitigation Planning for projects using risk models.

  • Facilitation ofProject Management, Business Planning, Environmental &

    • Safety Planning & Management and Team Building.

  • Project Management Education Workshops.

  • Development of Contract Claims and disputes and litigation support.


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