Norwest Corporation (Norwest) is one of the world's premier minerals consulting companies. Norwest specializes in the mining, processing, handling, and utilization of coal, coalbed methane, oil sands, oil shale, base and precious metals, and industrial minerals. Norwest has offices in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India and Indonesia. Their team comprises over ninety full-time professionals covering all major disciplines involved in minerals resource development and utilization including geology, underground and surface mining, facilities engineering, minerals processing, smelting, minerals utilization, environmental assessment, health and safety, feasibility studies, and market analysis.
Norwest provides mining industry-related environmental services worldwide, and has experience in environmental aspects of operating copper smelters as well as characterization of contamination from historic smelting operations. Norwest offers expertise in metallurgical process engineering including smelting, leaching, solvent extraction, electrorefining and/or electrowinning of copper, smelting of base metals, smelting and extraction of precious metals, lead, nickel, cobalt, uranium and direct reduction of iron.
Norwest Corporation merged recently with Questa Engineering (est. 1982), an international oil and gas consulting firm. Norwest and Questa offer unique services to the energy minerals industry.
Environmental and Water Resources Management
Norwest has on its staff environmental and hydrology professionals that are well qualified to assist with all environmental assessment, permitting, regulatory management, and water resources issues. Services offered by this group include:
Environmental assessment and regulatory support
Environmental baseline and impact studies
Permit application preparation, submittal, and processing management
Environmental compliance audits
Environmental risk assessment
Determination of environmental and reclamation liabilities
Environmental planning and management
Environmental management and compliance plan preparation
Mine reclamation planning, and design
Environmental management training
Investigation and mitigation of hazardous areas
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System development, including training, documentation, auditing and registration assistance
Water resource management
Surface water hydrology
Groundwater hydrology and characterization
Remediation and source control
Hydrologic impact prediction and analysis
Health and Safety
Norwest has health and safety professionals who are well qualified to assist with all aspects of mine and process plant health and safety. Services offered by this group with direct applicability to the projects under consideration include:
Rio Tinto corporate requirements
Industry best practices
Researching and integrating into the design concepts and procedures, underground mining best-in-class safety practices from a variety of domestic and international sources.
Examining operating strategies e.g. contracting, partnering etc. that may lead to optimal safety and economic performance through harnessing the best-in-class skills of more than one corporate organization.
Developing a matrix for health and safety requirements for transitioning from surface operations to underground development and operation.
Norwest Experience in the Eurasia Region
Norwest Corporation has extensive project management experience in the former Soviet countries. They have managed extensive mining related projects in the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. They have also had extensive dealings with representatives of the various governments and have demonstrated an ability to work with and train the local staff while getting the job done.
Kirk Weber at Norwest: (801) 539-0044
Jane Stander Wright at Questa: (303) 277-1629