Welcome to Skarn's MineDD Service

MineDD Service

The mining sector has a reputation as a destroyer of capital. This reputation is justified, but investors can improve their chances of making good decisions – by undertaking due diligence. Skarn’s MineDD Service aims to ensure our clients clearly understand the risks (and ideally, rewards) presented to them. 


Our careers have been devoted to dissecting mining projects, and we enjoy nothing more than pointing out fatal flaws - especially when they are deeply buried in technical reports. 


We support clients’ strategic decisions by providing clear, concise analysis of the key geological, engineering, financial, social and political risks affecting a mine or exploration project, delivered cost effectively within a short time frame


Skarn’s principal consultants Mark Fellows and Charles Cooper have assessed hundreds of mines and projects on behalf of institutional clients, covering a full suite of non-fuel minerals, but especially gold, silver, base metals, cobalt, diamonds, iron ore and PGMs


Having both entered the industry as geologists, over the course of our careers with financial institutions and companies such as Brook Hunt (now Wood Mackenzie), GFMS, Anglo American and SNL Financial, we have developed a broad spectrum of sector expertise and a 

network of trusted expert associates. 

How it works...

The objective of MineDD is to accurately and rapidly communicate the key risk factors affecting a mine or project, across the full spectrum of technical, financial and social/political issues.  


Skarn is uniquely equipped to deliver this insight, by virtue of a our combined +50 years of experience as mining industry analysts covering a wide range of commodities.


The MineDD Service is a desk-based review of the available information on a mine or project. This may be a 43-101 report, Preliminary Economic Assessment (Scoping Study), Pre-Feasibility Study or other disparate sources of information.

This cost-effective service delivers clear actionable conclusions in a concise report (usually less than 1,500 words), plus a follow-up call with the client. 


Rapid turn-around is assured: we aim to deliver the report within five working days of engagement. 

Need to Dig Deeper?  MineDD+

In many cases, the MineDD report is all the client needs to make an informed decision with confidence.  Occasionally the MineDD report highlights areas of concern which need in-depth follow-up.  In those cases, Skarn Associates can:

  • review resource estimates and mine production schedules
  • assess operational risks: mining and ore processing
  • check or create valuation models
  • evaluate the outlook for metal markets price forecasts, working closely with our partners https://www.metalsfocus.com/ and http://www.bloomsburyminerals.com/
  • advise on political and social license to operate (SLTO) risks in collaboration with our partners http://www.assayerisk.com/
  • offer strategic advice on maximising the value of a mine, project or company
  • provide tailored due diligence workshops, teaching the skills we have developed

Despite our broad spectrum expertise, we don’t pretend that we are experts in everything; where specialised input is required we can help identify the appropriate specialist.  

We are highly sensitive to client compliance and confidentiality requirements.
We are independent and impartial.

To find out more, email us for a prompt response: info@skarnassociates.com

or call us on:  +44 203 290 2492 (Mark) or  +44 (0) 7786 233 536 (Ros)

West African Gold Producer: 

“I have the utmost respect and gratitude for both these gentlemen, both of whom have a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields and have no hesitation in highly recommending Skarn Associates.

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