For a minerals and metal company to createsustainable value from mineral assets, it isnecessary to:
Optimize the composition of the mineralasset portfolio to align with strategic andbusiness objectives
Create and operate long term assets within an anticipated long term businessenvironment
Create and retain flexibility of short termtactical response that allows effectiveresponse to short term shifts in thebusiness environment.To achieve this, it is necessary to:
Allow the fixed physical nature of themineral asset(s) to drive definition of the optimal (lowest capital cost, lowest operating cost, highest efficiency,maximized cash flow) technical solutionto mining and recovery activities
Define and apply different businessenvironment perspectives, world views,or scenarios, to determine possibleeconomic viability under the different perspectives, i.e. define the valueproposition under different scenarios – what are the options?
Develop and resource a portfolio of production entities from the mineralasset portfolio that creates flexibility tonear- and longer-term businessenvironment shifts, i.e. create aproduction mix that allows variation of output (minerals/metals, operating cost,capital intensity) to respond to market demand and pricing.These activities require a structured,integrated approach across all elements of thebusiness value chain from exploration throughto product sales. The solution lies insystematic application of a series of tools andtechniques, within a conceptual framework orphilosophy, that aligns decisions and actionsacross the company, using a commonlanguage, standards, systems and processes,and defines the concept of strategic long termplanning.
Strategic long term planning
Minerals and metal companies require mineralassets to generate value and attract investment (financial and social). Value generation fromthe mineral asset(s) is achieved through theapplication of a suitable business model.Mineral resources are the underlying valueconstruct of the mineral asset. The physicalcharacteristics of a mineral resource such astype and nature of mineralization, andphysical structure (depth below surface, shape,extent, dip, surface topography, etc.) are fixedand do not change over time. However mineralassets exist at a place (a specific fixedlocation) so defining a context (e.g.
Strategic long term planning in mining
by G.L. Smith*
The fundamental challenge facing mineral and metal companies is how to create sustainable value while operating within mandated strategic bounds, identified constraints, and variable market and economicconditions.This can be achieved by allowing the fixed physical nature of themineral asset to drive definition of the optimal technical solution tomining and processing activities, and developing and resourcing astrategically aligned portfolio of production entities that createsflexibility to near- and longer-term business environment shifts, i.e. aproduction mix that allows variation of output to respond to short termmarket variation, within a long term context.The practical achievement of this outcome is enabled by the concept of strategic long term planning. The core elements of strategic long termplanning in the metals and minerals industry, and the relationship between them, are expanded. The strategic long term planning framework is a logic construct that enables delivery of an optimized,strategically-aligned business plan from the mineral asset portfoliousing a set of tools and techniques with a common language, standards,systems and processes to align decisions and actions on a cyclical basis.
Anglo American Platinum Limited, Johannesburg, South Africa.©The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2012. SA ISSN 2225-6253. Address presented at the Annual General Meeting on 15 August 2012.
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