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Edwin Pule

Process Engineer

Education

Jul 2007Jul 2008

B. Tech

Extraction Metallurgy

University of Johannesburg

 Jan 2003Dec 2005

National Diploma in Extraction Metallurgy

Extraction Metallurgy

University of Johannesburg

Jan 1998Dec 2002

National Certificate

Motswedi High School

Matric

Additional Training

Dr. Paul Wilson                              Mineral Processing Plant Optimisation and Control

Dr. Francis Pitard                          International Sampling and Blending Course

University of Stellenbosch      Project Management Level 1

University of Namibia                Finance for non-finance Managers

Knowledge Connect                   Advanced Spreadsheet Technique 

Tandem Training                          Leadership Development Programme Phase 1

Anglogold Ashanti                      Advanced Principles of Safety Management

Work Experience

July 2016June 17

Process / Commissioning Engineer

Amec Foster Wheeler

Worked for HPJV (Husab Project Joint Venture) based in Namibia. The operation comprises of an open pit mine and the state of the art metallurgical processing plant designed to process 15 Mt/a of ROM (run of mine) at an average grade of 512 g/t, producing 7149 t/a of U3O8 at a recovery of 92%. HPJV is responsible for the construction and commissioning of this operation and I am part of the team as a Process Engineer assigned to cold and wet commissioning of the processing plant which comprises of Ore Crushing, Milling, Leach, Solid Liquid Separation (CCD Circuit), Ion Exchange, Solvent Extraction, Precipitation, Drying and Packaging; with the main focus on the Ion Exchange and the Solvent Extraction circuits. The team is made up of expatriates from across the globe.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinating and executing commissioning activities.
  • Confirming equipment readiness ahead of palnt commissioning, (Closing out punch list items).
  • Ensuring progress and action taken on the outstanding punch list items to satisfy project requirements.
  • Ensuring accurate design specifications
  • Equipment testing, commissioning with water, hot commissioning and production ramp up.
  • Equipment monitoring, data gathering and analysis
  • Setting the equipment parameters for optimum utilization during hot commissioning and production ramp-up.

  • Raising engineering design deficiency, design review and insuring the deficiencies are addressed accordingly.
  • Investigating, troubleshooting and repairing defects identified before and during cold and wet commissioning.
  • Liaise with the client regularly to discuss commissioning plans and giving update on the status of the project.
  • On the job training for operations personnel (Client’s operations team)
  • Overseeing and coordinating activities carried out within my area of responsibility by other stakeholders; ie: construction, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation to ensure compliance with the company Health and Safety Standards
  • Maintaining a “site dairy” detailing activities and key events during cold and hot commissioning. Loop commissioning start-up dates, client witnessing dates and system/sub-system handover dates.
  • Participate in the compilation of the final commissioning dossier for the client
  • Acting Area Commissioning Manager as and when required
December 2014June 2016

Business Manager

Gaze Corporation

Co-founded and managed Gaze Corporation (Pty) Ltd, a multidimensional service provider which provides services to public and private sectors in South Africa. The services provided includes but not limited to; Information & Communications Technology (ICT), water management, shuttle services, and general services (Goods supply as per customer requirements)

Responsibilities

  • Developing, and growing the Gaze from start up to a self sustainable and profitable business.
  • Establish a strong customer base and maintaining good working relations with the customers.
  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations that explain products or services the company provides.
  • Design, implement and facilitate the business marketing strategies in order to attain business ventures as well as maintain credibility
  • Maintain a healthy balance sheet and free cash flow for the business by continuously reviewing budgets to stay on track as well as through price negotiations
  • Prepare quotations, draft & finalize tender documents and ensuring that documents are submitted on time.
  • Stay informed on industry news and trends, products, services, competitors, relevant information about legacy, existing, and emerging technologies, and the latest product-line developments.
  • Recruit and interview new staff as required

August 2009June 2013

Plant Metallurgist, (Trekkopje Mini, Midi and Maxi Heap Leach Plants)

Areva Resource Southern Africa, Namibian Operations

Based at Trekkopje Uranium Mine, which was a three phase heap leach uranium project, initial phase throughput was 47 000 tons per leach pad and produced 7 tons of uranium and the second phase throughput was 3.2 million tons per leach pad and produced 440 tons of uranium.

Responsibilities

  • Providing technical support to the production team.
  • Administration of daily production and supervision of plant personnel.
  • Generating and distributing accurate technical and production reports and presentations which were used for decision making.
  • Developing and implementing of the metallurgical accounting systems for the life of Midi (commercial plant).
  • Conducting feasibility analysis based on the pilot plants performance (Mini & Midi) for decision making towards the next phase of the project.
  • Managing the outsourced analytical laboratory and ensuring short turn around time in sample analysis, best laboratory practices and accurate results using up to date technologies.
  • Review and analysis of plant operating costs.
  • Initiating, planning and conducting plant scale test work for continuous improvement.

  • Maintaining company standards in health, safety and environmental by ensuring compliance to the O-ESH systems.
  • Coaching and mentoring of graduate and student metallurgists.
  • Relieve as a Plant Production Superintendent when required..
October 2009July 2009

Management Trainee in Metallurgy, Shift Foreman, Student Metallurgy

Anglogold Ashanti, South African operations

Based at Kopanang gold plant and later relocated to Noligwa gold plant which had an average throughput of 370 000 tons and 240 000 tons per month respectively. The average gold production per month from the two plants was 750 kg for Kopanang plant and 1250 kg Noligwa plant.

Responsibilities

  • Completion of the metallurgical training program as set out by Anglogold Ashanti.
  • Maintaining the credibility of the metallurgical accounting through sampling, data analysis and reporting.
  • Tonnage reconciliation between the shafts, surface sources and the plant.
  • Monitoring, optimization and accounting for reagents usage and consumptions in the plant.
  • Conducting underwater balance, leach profiles and carbon profiles.
  • By-product and waste management i.e. dispatching and accounting for gold in fine carbon, woodchips and mill liners.
  • Management of shift personnel and administration of plant production.
  • Planning and coordinating maintenance activities.
  • Maintaining the company standards in health, safety and environment by ensuring compliance with cyanide management code, risk assessments, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 1400.
  • Ensuring compliance with the gold code (security policies and procedures) Cyanide champion i.e. organising and facilitating the cyanide emergency drills.
  • Compiling monthly production forecasts, production reports and water balance reports.
  • Relieving on various positions as and when required.
January 2005October 2006

Trainee Metallurgist

Harmony Gold, South African operations

Based at Elandsrand Plant and later relocated to Free State One Plant. These plants processed about 170 000 tons and 400 000 tons of reef per month respectively at an average grade of 5 g/ton.

Responsibilities

  • Completion of the metallurgical training program as set out by Harmony Gold Mine
  • Acting on various positions as and when required.
  • Initiating and conduction projects within the plants

Student Life Employment

January 2005 - To December 2005

Employer                Harmony Gold Mine,Elandsrand Gold Plant South Africa

Position                   Student Experiential Training

Responsibilities      

  • Completion of experiential training program set out by the University of Johannesburg and management at Elandsrand Gold Plant

Projects Completed                 

  • Variance analysis between the head grade reported by the shaft and the recovered grade.
  • Flocculent make-up and dosing optimisation.

References

Ian Thomson

Process Commissioning Specialist

Cell:    +61 407 360718 or +27 817639423 

Email: [email protected]

Elias Pobe

Currently a General Manager.at AngloGold Ashanti, Previously Group Metallurgist  at Areva Resource Southern Africa.

Cell:     +2782 410 7064

Email: [email protected]

Michael Lebusa

Chief Metallurgist at Areva Resource Namibia and Plant Superintendant at Husab Project JV

Cell:     +264 81 455 3904

Email: [email protected]

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