Australian Partners

SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd

SLR is a global leader in environmental and advisory solutions, with over 1,300 professionals delivering technical advice and support from a network of offices in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. We have specialists across a range of environmental technical fields. For further information please visit https://slrconsulting.com/au/

With regards to water, in Australia SLR has over 30 hydrogeologists and 10 hydrologists with skills in water resource management and flood risk modelling.
We have undertaken field studies extensively across Europe, Africa, North America and Australia and we use the latest surface water and groundwater modelling techniques in conjunction with analytical approaches to assessment and design. SLR hydrologists, hydrogeologists, geochemists, ecologists and engineers routinely work together and we have in-house the range of skills to undertake water resource and use/minimisation studies, habitat surveys, assess groundwater and surface water interaction, complete low river flow assessments, prepare water balances and present habitat improvement and diversification plans.

  • IWUMD Myanmar – Groundwater Model Training 2019
    Conduct of groundwater modelling training for two Hydrogeologists from the Irrigation Water Utilisation Management Department (IWUMD) of Myanmar. Following the training, the initial stages of developing a groundwater model were undertaken for future use as a water management tool.
  • Boggabri Coal – Groundwater Supply Borefield (Ongoing)
    Boggabri Coal is located in a semi-arid region of NSW Australia and prior to 2014 was reliant on water that was derived from their dewatering operations and surface water allocations. To achieve water security a borefield was installed after rigorous testing for sustainable yield, impact assessment and long-term quality. SLR continues to provide hydrogeological advice and water infrastructure support for Boggabri Coal’s Operations as water security becomes an increasing commercial risk.
  • Hera Mine Site – Groundwater Supply Ongoing
    The Hera Mine (gold-lead-zinc-silver) began construction in 2012 and from 2013 to 2015 mine water supply was primarily sourced from the underground workings. As the operations continue the workings are being dewatered and additional supply is required to maintain production. To achieve this SLR evaluated the local hydrogeological environment and its ability to provide supply. A series of targets were produced to focus water exploration program and designed the infrastructure to optimise supply. Consideration was also given to increasing efficiency of existing infrastructure as well as recycling and aquifer storage solutions.
  • The Hera Mine (gold-lead-zinc-silver) began construction in 2012 and from 2013 to 2015 mine water supply was primarily sourced from the underground workings. As the operations continue the workings are being dewatered and additional supply is required to maintain production. To achieve this SLR evaluated the local hydrogeological environment and its ability to provide supply. A series of targets were produced to focus water exploration program and designed the infrastructure to optimise supply. Consideration was also given to increasing efficiency of existing infrastructure as well as recycling and aquifer storage solutions.
    SLR were engaged to conduct the environmental impact assessment for a gasfield pipeline in PNG, this includes the groundwater impact assessment.
  • Silangan Phillipines 2014
    SMEC International was commissioned by Silangan Mining, Mindanao, to undertake an independent review of the hydrogeological work carried out by SRK Consulting on the Boyongan and Bayugo Orebodies of the Silangan Copper Gold Project. SMEC hired Noel Merrick to conduct a peer review and audit of the groundwater model developed for Philex Mining Corporation: SRK Consulting, 2011, Groundwater Modeling of Block Cave Mining Option for Silangan Project in Philippines. March 2011. Although the groundwater system is heavily fractured, the system was modelled successfully as if it were an equivalent porous medium. The model included complex zonation for different rock types and alteration zones. A long-term extraction rate of about 1300 L/sec was required to dewater the mine.
    Development of a density-dependent groundwater model of a lithium deposit in the Andes of Argentina. The deposit contains aquifers that host a brine body that has elevated concentrations of lithium, potassium and boron. The objective was to design a borefield that maximised the production of lithium while minimising environmental impacts and freshwater intrusion (which would reduce metal concentrations). Sustainable pumping rates were developed with Drawdown is localised to the wellfields modelled and reduce radially away from the wellfield until the edge of the salar, with any impact on plant life in the marginal zones outside the salar expected to be negligible.
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