Skarn Associates Limited of the UK
Bloomsbury Minerals Economics owns 20% of the equity in Skarn Associates.
Skarn was founded in 2016 for mining consultancy generally, but was re-focused in 2020 purely on researching (and databasing) environmental aspects of mining and metals production. It has grown very rapidly and now has a staff of twenty, specialists in environment and sustainability, geology, mining engineering, mine water management, flood and drought risks in mining, plus metallurgy.
Energy intensity and green-house gas (GHG) emission curves are compiled asset-by-asset for gold, silver, PGMs, copper (mines, smelters & refineries), nickel (including for products such as matte, briquettes, NPI, FeNi, concentrate, MSP), cobalt, lithium, lead (mines and smelters), zinc (mines & smelters), aluminium-alumina-bauxite, seaborne iron ore and metallurgical coal.
In 2021, Skarn’s Water Benchmarking Tool was launched for gold mining. It integrates operational water data, water balances and external climate data, the latter allowing resilience to drought and flood risk to be compared. Water benchmarking for copper mining followed in early 2022. As climate change intensifies, flood and drought risks are very rapidly becoming a vital subject for mining company attention.
Minviro Limited of the UK
In January, 2023, Bloomsbury Information Capital participated in an equity financing round of Minviro Ltd, and now owns 4%+. Minviro is headquartered in London and has a team of 20 employees. It provides consultancy and a world class SaaS platform (including MINELCA and MINEBIT) that provides life cycle assessment (LCA) and related services for project optimization in the fast-growing energy transition sector spanning from the raw materials, through mining to processing and downstream value-added sectors. It has completed 100+ projects in 24 countries so far. The MINELCA suite covers carbon footprint, Life Cycle Assessment, support for Environmental Product Declarations (EDP’s) and integrated LCI databases. The MINEBIT suite covers the environmental footprint of the entire battery production chain.
The capital raise of £2,100,000 will allow Minviro to expand delivery of the software and build capacity to support strategic consultancy services in new markets and industry segments, whilst also driving innovation within the company. Key markets where Minviro will be expanding include Australia, Asia, North and South America. One of Bloomsbury’s directors, Simon Benney, will become a director of, and also an individual shareholder in, Minviro.
Metal Price Analytics Limited of the UK
Metal Price Analytics (MPA) was formed in 2015. BME has a 25% stake. Adam Sotowicz (former Mathematical Modelling and I.T. Manager both of BME and its then subsidiary BME Price Models) owns the controlling 75% stake in MPA.
MPA has developed price and forward spread models for LME metals. Price drivers used are LME stocks, the global industrial production (IP) growth rate and alternative currency drivers: the US dollar index and the USD : CNY exchange rate. Non-exchange traded ores and metals are also being assessed for price modelling, with price drivers including IP growth rates, port stocks, freight rates and the USD : CNY exchange rate. Methods used include LASSO and Ridge Regression, Regression Splines, Classification and Regression Trees.