Industries

Coal
Coal
WEIR has provided competent, professional geological and mining engineering consulting services to the coal industry since 1936. The services include reserve and resource exploration, mine development, feasibility, reasonableness review, due diligence, market and sales price, and specialized studies related to coal mining, processing and marketing. WEIR is familiar with the coal producing regions throughout the United States and internationally, having performed numerous studies in these areas for many mining companies and financial institutions, related to surface and underground mine development, coal utilization, financial analysis, and environmental compliance. WEIR’s personnel have the engineering and operations expertise to provide our clients with competent assistance in their engineering, operations, environmental, marketing, and due diligence requirements.
Financial
Financial
WEIR has developed an excellent reputation of independence and objectivity in providing professional services to the financial service industry. WEIR provides services to both equity and debt providers relative to geology, reserve and resource estimates, coal quality, mining engineering, financial analysis, and marketing to evaluate existing and greenfield mining projects. Determining the reasonableness and feasibility of projects, and providing professional opinion relating to productivity, production, operating costs, capital expenditures, and fair market value has become a trademark of WEIR’s services relative to financing and acquisitions. Clients can rely on WEIR’s engineering and operations expertise in evaluating mining projects throughout the United States and internationally.
Government
Government
WEIR services are provided to federal, state and local governments in valuing reserves and resources, and establishing economical mineability for coal, industrial minerals, and metal projects throughout the United States and internationally. WEIR has provided services to government agencies in many countries related to mine development, benchmark analysis, and mine safety and training. WEIR has a team of professionals who can evaluate and provide professional advice to local, regional and national governments, and governmental agencies, relating to production, safety, training, and environmental issues.
Industrial Minerals
Industrial Minerals
WEIR has established a long relationship with the industrial minerals industry providing exploration, quarry development, due diligence, feasibility, training, and related consulting services to producers of stone, sand and gravel. WEIR personnel are experienced in quarry development, both surface and underground, evaluating and valuing stone reserves and resources, and working with communities to address and mitigate issues related to quarry development. WEIR also offers basic and advanced supervisory training to industrial minerals producers throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally.
Insurance
Insurance
WEIR has provided competent, professional services to the insurance industry relating to assessment and evaluation of damage claims, asset and facility evaluations and valuations, safety audits and assessments, land assessment and compliance, and expert witness testimony and litigation support.
Legal
WEIR personnel have been retained by legal firms as consulting experts to provide litigation support, professional opinion and expert witness testimony in arbitration and litigation matters related to the mining and energy industries throughout the United States and internationally. Our work approach is based on investigation, evaluation, and documentation of the issues to provide competent professional advice and testimony, and to understand both the defendant and plaintiff's positions. Services provided to legal firms include acquisition and value analysis, antitrust, business interruption, coal sales contract, environmental compliance, insurance loss, lost coal, force majeure, property valuations, and prudent mining issues. WEIR personnel have presented extensive testimony in litigation, in both state and federal courts.
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
WEIR has the engineering and operations expertise to provide competent consulting services to United States and international mining companies, mining and construction equipment manufacturers, mining service providers, and financial institutions. WEIR has earned a reputation as a competent resource to assess markets for mining and construction equipment, and mining materials and supplies through its due diligence services.
Metals
Metals
WEIR’s consulting services to the metals industry have been extensive, providing assistance to major producers, consumers and financial institutions relating to rare earth minerals, potash mine development in Spain, bauxite reserves in India, and gold resources in Africa and South America. WEIR’s mining professionals work with clients to identify and quantify reserves and resources, provide recommendations for economic recovery of the resources, and analysis of the market for the resources. WEIR has the expertise to undertake projects from staged exploration, including geological modeling and evaluation, to mining engineering and design.
Power
Power
WEIR has maintained an association with the power industry since its inception in 1936. WEIR personnel have conducted extensive work with synthetic fuels and refined coal for the power industry over the last 15 years, in addition to providing due diligence, engineering, construction planning, operational compliance, and risk management services. The generation of electricity from various sources of fuel and recognizing specific environmental challenges for each fuel type, results in considerable challenges to the power industry. WEIR’s team of professionals have the expertise to provide relevant services to support the power industry’s challenges and requirements.
Refined Coal
Refined Coal
Services to the synthetic fuel industry (Internal Revenue Service Tax Code Section 29) were provided by WEIR from 1998 to 2007. Our experience and expertise in the synthetic fuel industry has segued into providing services to the refined coal industry (Internal Revenue Service Tax Code Section 45) including: phase I environmental audits, placed in service certifications, refined coal facility relocation, refined coal facility construction, operation inspections, operations assessments, production capacity tests, and due diligence. In addition, WEIR has provided facility and asset appraisals, litigation support, expert witness testimony, construction management, and safety analysis.
Shale Gas
Shale Gas
WEIR is actively involved in the shale gas industry providing engineering and geology, environmental and regulatory, water management, due diligence and related consulting services to producers and consumers of shale gas, and to providers of services to the shale gas industry. WEIR’s background and depth of experience within the mining, utility, and energy industries permits us to field a project team that can provide competent services relative to the shale gas industry. WEIR personnel are knowledgeable in the lower 48 state shale gas plays, including the Marcellus, Bakken, Barnett, and Utica, geology, shale gas development, and integration with communities to address and mitigate issues related to the production of shale gas.
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