Metallurgical Processing

SFA (Oxford) has extensive expertise, networks and supporting databases which can be used to assist clients to add or create value within the metallurgical process linkages of the value chain, whether it is to:

  • evaluate commercial terms for a product;
  • decide on the best processing route;
  • consider options to fill a smelter or refinery;
  • benchmark a process against that of peers;
  • mass pull calculations;
  • estimate CAPEX requirements and recoveries;
  • quantify and evaluate tailings dams; or
  • obtain a second opinion on the suitability of new technology for feed. 

SFA (Oxford) has completed numerous assignments mapping the commercial options for mine concentrate, as well as modelling all industry smelters and refineries, identifying and defining the various processing points (including capacity constraints) in the global value chain for concentrate from smelter to refinery.

In determining the best method for the client to process their PGM concentrate product, we compare the various structures/markets available. This analysis provides a value assessment for the sale of the different PGM products at the various positions in the value chain and the impact of moving up or down the value chain with the various products. By doing so, we help the client to compare the economics of the sale of PGM concentrate. 

Recently we carried out a comparative analysis of white matte and green matte options (Platsol™ products) for one of our clients. This analysis typically takes into account the commercial terms that the client could expect to receive from the potential customer base. Included in the consultation, we provide the client with an understanding of the PGM market and what the possible impact will be of its products on the market.


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If you'd like to discuss how SFA (Oxford) can best help you through metallurgical processing consultancy, please contact us.