Capital Cost Estimator 
 Pre-Feasibility Study 
 

The Capital Cost Estimator develops pre-feasibility level estimates to construct the process plant and ancillary facilities. Costs such as pre-stripping, mining fleet, owner’s costs, etc are developed by engineers in the appropriate disciplines. These costs are included as line items into the Capital Cost Estimator to produce a total initial capital cost estimate.

To develop the pre-feasibility capital cost estimate for the process plant and ancillary facilities the following are required:
  • Finalized process flowsheets.
  • Detailed equipment list including ancillary facilities.
  • Vendor quotations for items over a nominal value of US$20,000. The database associated with the Capital Cost Estimator may be used as a guide to expected prices.
  • Installation hours for equipment items. The database associated with the Capital Cost Estimator may be used as a guide to expected installation hours.
  • Quantities for civil earthworks; broken down into classifications identified in the Capital Cost Estimator. These quantities need to be supported by general arrangement drawings and material take-off calculations.
  • Quantities for concrete; broken down into classifications identified in the Capital Cost Estimator. These quantities need to be supported by general arrangement drawings and material take-off calculations.
  • Costs for major pipe runs.
  • Costs for major power lines.
  • Other relevant costs.












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