Cost Estimating Guides

Mine costs are complicated. With so many different pieces of equipment, mining methods, deposit types, operating expenses, and personnel costs to consider, it's handy to have reference tools to help you find the answers to your costing needs. Our library of Cost Estimating Guides will help you to quickly and efficiently find the data necessary to complete your mining evaluation projects.

Mining Cost Service

Companies, mining schools and government agencies worldwide rely on the two-volume, 1,000 page Mining Cost Service to help them with:

  • Determining project costs
  • Estimating capital and operating budgets
  • Appraisals and acquisitions
  • Mineral property evaluations

Published since 1983, this publication includes the materials, equipment, labour and costs needed to complete a pre-feasibility study on a property. MCS topics include equipment capital costs, supplies, transportation, smelting and refining costs, cost indices and historical metal prices, and North American based labour, electric power and natural gas costs.

The Cost Models section is a comprehensive section including models for surface mines, underground mines, placer mines, milling and crushing, concentrating, carbon-in-pulp, heap leaching and portable crushing operations. MCS comes to you up-to-date meaning that you receive current information over the course of your 1-year subscription as we revise and update the contents.

Mine and Mill Equipment Cost Guide

This guide includes both Capital Costs and Hourly Operating Costs for over 3,000 pieces of equipment commonly found in mines and mills around the world, from $500 slusher buckets to $50,000,000 walking draglines.

Coal Cost Guide

This guide provides coal-specific estimating information similar to the Mining Cost Service.

Along with sections such as Taxes, Wages and Supplies, it includes:

  • Mine & Prep Plant cost models
  • Coal production data
  • Mine & Processing Equipment prices
  • Cost Indexes for Coal Mining

Reclamation Cost Guide

The Reclamation Cost Guide brings together costs and operations for reclamation activities into one handy reference. It consists of a stand-alone sourcebook and a guide to engineering standards and regulatory requirements.

Gold Heap Leach Cost Guide

The Gold Heap Leach Cost Guide is designed to bring all of the costs relevant to gold heap leaching into one quick reference. The guide provides estimators, engineers, investors and accounting professionals with cost estimating models for mining, heap construction and placing, gold recovery and reclamation.

  • The guide provides current costs for today's mining methods and heap leach processing technologies across a wide range of production rates
  • It surveys the variety of operating conditions world-wide, along with their reserve base and addresses methods in use to reduce costs and increase the rate of recovery for gold
  • The guide provides costs for the most common methods of processing in use today, including carbon absorption and Merrill-Crowe zinc recovery methods and the ROM and CSA pre-leach options
  • Several papers address special topics consisting of leach pad construction alternatives, re-contouring for reclamation, heap leach closure, equipment leasing, costs of cyanide consumption and agglomeration, cost indexes for adjusting costing estimates and more

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