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SLR adds RPA inc to growing mining and minerals practice

Global environmental and advisory solutions firm SLR says it has acquired RPA Inc, a 60-person, leading mining advisory business with teams in Toronto, Denver and London.

The RPA team includes geological, mining and metallurgical consultants who have provided expertise and advice on every continent to clients in the mining industry for more than 30 years.

SLR says the team will bring world-class mining advisory services to its existing mining and minerals practice, not only in North America and Europe but across the globe.

This is not the first acquisition SLR has carried out recently. Back in December, it announced it was buying Northern Resource Consultants (NRC), a 25-person team of environmental specialists based in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. This also added to its mining and minerals practice. It also bought Novus Environmental and HydroSimulations.

RPA’s clients include major mining companies, exploration and development firms, banking, government, law firms, individual investors, and private equity, according to SLR. “RPA is recognised as a worldwide leader in mineral resource and mineral reserve estimation in compliance with all reporting codes; technical due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, financings and exchange listings; mineral property valuations, independent engineers for project debt financings, and expert witness in international litigation and arbitration cases.”

SLR and RPA have collaborated on client projects for several years and together will be able to offer clients in the mining sector a complete service extending from value creation and generation through resource and reserve work to environmental and social risk and liability management, according to SLR.

Neil Penhall, SLR’s Chief Executive, said: “We have always been strong on service delivery for our mining and minerals clients, but the addition of the RPA team really lifts our advisory capability to another level. Together we have a world-class environmental solutions and advisory offering for clients on every continent.

“This is our fourth acquisition in just over six months and, again, reflects the confidence both we and our new investors, Charterhouse Capital Partners, have in the market and the opportunities to provide worldclass environmental solutions and advice to our clients.”

Graham Clow, RPA’s Chairman, added: “We pride ourselves on providing the very best advice to our clients and believe that together with our new colleagues at SLR we can deliver an even better range and depth of solutions in the mining and minerals sector.”

SLR’s Global Head of Mining and Minerals, Dave Walker, said: “We’ve worked successfully on projects with the RPA team for several years. Now we can operate as one team and really provide a complete solution to our mining and minerals clients.”

SLR bolsters APAC mining and minerals business with NRC buy

Environmental and advisory solutions firm SLR has acquired Northern Resource Consultants (NRC), a 25-person team of environmental specialists based in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

NRC will bring considerable additional capability and geographic coverage to SLR’s existing Asia-Pacific (APAC) business, particularly in relation to its focus on the mining and minerals sector, SLR said.

NRC’s services include environmental approvals, compliance, hydrogeology, hydrology, hydro-geochemistry, soils, environmental monitoring, ecology and mine closure and rehabilitation.

SLR’s APAC business, led by Paul Gardiner, will now be 260 strong with 12 offices across Australia and New Zealand. Marty Costello, NRC’s Director and Principal Environmental Scientist, will join the SLR APAC management team and take on the role of APAC Regional Sector Leader for Mining & Minerals.

Neil Penhall, SLR’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to bring NRC’s capabilities into SLR. I am sure Marty and the team will strengthen SLR’s position in the mining sector and bring significant additional value to our business.

“Our business in APAC has grown strongly in 2018 and NRC will only add further to that. This is also the first acquisition we have made since Charterhouse Capital Partners came on board as our external investment partner earlier in the year, so is an important first step in progressing our growth plans in the coming few years.”

Marty Costello, NRC’s Director, added: “We are looking forward to joining the SLR team and adding NRC’s talents to the business. We all recognised very quickly how well the two businesses fit together in terms of culture, clients and capabilities, so I am confident our combined future is bright.

“The extensive range of services SLR already provide in APAC will benefit our clients and I am equally excited by what we can bring to SLR’s existing clients.”

SLR provides professional services to the mining, minerals and extractive industries, with its team having been involved in projects covering a diverse range of minerals. Some of its clients include Glencore, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Newmont Gold, Wolf Minerals, Sibanye-Stillwater, Resolute (Carpenteria Gold), Whitehaven and New Hope Group.