Richard Whittering

Subject Matter Expert Filtration / Dry Stack Tails / EcoTails / Water Treatment

After more than 18 years of experience in the field, Richard has developed a strong ability to deliver value-added solutions.

Innovation in mining is fundamentally different from innovation in many other industries. I aim to deliver thinking that moves in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions for my clients.

Richard has extensive experience in the field of engineering, design, construction, commissioning and operation of base metal concentrators. His previous accomplishments include leadership involvement in maintenance systems, operational readiness programs, testwork supervision, geometallurgy, feasibility studies, design and commissioning of copper, lead, zinc, molybdenum, pyrite, gold, silver and water treatment projects. His expertise is proven through his contribution to the AusIMM Publication about risk management in project evaluation, water treatment upgrade, and metallurgical improvements.

Key project involvement includes:

  • Serrote de Laja Project - Brazil
  • Las Bambas Chalcobamba Ore Project - Peru
  • Los Bronces Tailings Water Efficiency Project - Chile
  • Candelaria Expansion Project - Chile
  • Escondida Water Recovery Project - Chile
  • Golpu Copper-Gold Project - Papua New Guinea
  • Olympic Dam Expansion Project, Australia
  • Ok Tedi Project - Papua New Guinea,
  • Cadia Low-Grade Concentrator Upgrade Project - Australia
  • Hidden Valley Project - Papua New Guinea
  • Chatree Gold Expansion - Thailand
  • Sepon Copper Expansion Project - Laos

Richard is also a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Country experience:

  • Mexico
  • Chile 
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Laos
  • Thailand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Phillipines
  • Australia 
Areas of expertise
Minerals & Metals
Plant Operations & Maintenance
  • Asset Integrity
  • Maintenance Strategies
  • Operational Readiness
  • Operations Improvement
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Training
Environment & Sustainability
  • Tailings Dams
  • Water Resources
Process Plants
  • Conceptual & Feasibility Studies
  • Copper & Mineral Processing Plants
  • Gold Processing Plants
  • Heap Leach
  • Materials Handling
  • Paste Backfill
  • Tailings Management & Metal Recovery
  • Water Supply
Project Delivery
  • Commissioning
Asset Management & Optimisation
Environment & Sustainability
  • Water Resources
  • Basic Engineering
  • Facility Assessments
  • Infrastructure Services
  • Site Planning & Development
  • Storm Water Management
Process Facilities
  • Basic Engineering
  • Conceptual Plant Design
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Plant Services
  • Process Selection
Project Delivery
  • Commissioning
  • Detailed Design
  • EPC/EPCM Contracting