Mining Process Solutions and Expertise
Mining Process Solutions and Expertise

About Us

BDB Process was formed to retain the collective experience of its three principals (Darryl Butcher, Paul Boshoff and Simon Donegan) in a new mining process consultancy. The group have particular expertise in hydrometallurgy generally and uranium processing specifically as well base metals, precious metals and battery metals. The consultancy offers process development and project implementation expertise to owners/operators, engineering services companies and project financiers. This expertise has been gained through successful careers that effectively span the globe.

The preference of BDB Process is to provide technical expertise and guidance during the design and implementation phases of projects rather than performing the EPCM services. However, if the team’s input into this component of the project is required, all members of BDB Process are well qualified to guide and/or perform this function.

The principals of BDB Process have circa 35 years combined uranium experience covering operations, design, project delivery, commissioning, optimisation, and innovation. Further to this, BDB Process has a network of associates that offer more than 50 years combined uranium experience in operations, research, and flowsheet innovation and, like the principals, are acknowledged experts in their fields. (Similar levels of experience exist for the other specialist areas.) All members played major roles in executing Paladin Energy’s transition from explorer to Tier 1 uranium producer and have had complete and leadership involvement in developing, optimising and innovating Paladin Energy’s two operating mines; Langer Heinrich in Namibia and Kayelekera in Malawi (both now on care and maintenance). Both mines are based on low grade resources and in the case of Langer Heinrich, was a proven lower quartile C1 cost producer.

This team achieved significant success in optimising both the Kayelekera (acid leach) and Langer Heinrich (alkaline leach) processes. In both cases, substantial changes were made to the as-built processes (both based on contemporary uranium extractive metallurgy knowledge and knowhow), which significantly reduced process operating costs and improved overall recovery. The benefits achieved through this work have been reported by Paladin Energy in its reports to the Australian Stock Exchange.

The team is an acknowledged industry-leader in uranium flowsheet development, optimisation and innovation as demonstrated by Paladin Energy’s two mines and has the unique advantage of detailed direct experience (in all material facets) of the only two successful conventional uranium mines developed in the last twenty years. BDB Process is of the view that our group of principals and associates have the technical knowledge, relevant experience, and knowhow to add significant value to any contemporary uranium project.

Precious and Base Metals
The Principals of BDB Process have recognised expertise in both precious and base metals (particularly gold, nickel and cobalt) and have led both design and implementation teams in these commodities for many projects.

Battery Metals
The principals have been actively engaged in the emerging battery minerals industry due to their recognised expertise in project management, complex hydrometallurgy, resin IX and membrane separation systems.

Global Experience
Through their collective careers, the principals have been engaged at senior management and technical levels on projects that practically span the globe. The main focus of this experience is in Australasia and the African continent.

Proven Record of Success
Collectively, the principals and BDB Process are able to demonstrate a proven record of success in all the above areas of expertise and have the proven capacity to bring that success to existing and emerging mineral commodity sectors and companies.