Mine Services

Paterson & Cooke’s mining team provides specialist engineering services in underground geotechnical design, mine dewatering, underground infrastructure, and hydraulic ore hoisting

Working independently, or in conjunction with other design service providers, we provide unique capabilities in these specialist areas, drawing on our operational experience and developing technological solutions to meet our client needs.


Mine Services Projects from around the world

Hydraulic Hoisting Technology for Platinum Mines

Hydraulic hoisting is not only suited to new shafts but is ideally suited to providing supplementary hoisting capacity to existing shafts that have reached the skip hoisting capacity limit. The main advantage for new shafts is the potential to significantly simplify underground rock handling and transportation. P&C completed an in-depth investigation on the requirements for a successful hydraulic hoisting installation on South African platinum mines and concluded that hydraulic hoisting is technically feasible and financially attractive for these operations. (Van den Berg, G. and R. Cooke (2005) “Hydraulic Hoisting Technology for Platinum Mines”, Platinum Adding Value Conference, SAIMM, Sun City, October 2004 - also published in The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, vol 105, No 5, pp 323 – 332, 2005.)

St Barbara’s Gwalia Gold Mine, Western Australia, Australia

P &C conducted a detailed feasibility study for the vertical hydraulic hoisting of 0.9 Mt/year of ore from a depth of 2300 m to the surface process plant.

Somincor, Portugal

P &C conducted the feasibility study and provided a detailed design of a new underground mine dewatering and pumping system for this client. The design included lamella thickening and positive displacement pumping to treat and then remove 190 m³/h of water from 800 m below surface.

Somincor Mine Service Water Supply

P &C completed the detailed engineering to extend the mine service water supply system at the Neves Corvo mine in Portugal. The extension provided service water to the lower levels of the mine as part of the Zine Expansion Project and included pressure reducing stations to ensure the pressure remained safe as static head increased in the lower areas of the mine. The design included distribution valving and pipe supports.


Life at Paterson & Cooke

Since 1991, we have built a business based on people. Our strength lies in the intellect, commitment and creativity of the people who work for P&C. Our culture is based on respect for one another and for our clients. This is captured in our values, which include integrity, passion, excellence, responsibility, and accountability.

Life at P&C remains true to our founding purpose: To create technically fulfilling and financially rewarding careers for everyone who works for P&C.