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General Capabilities

Mining & Metallurgy

NOVOPRO is a Canadian project-based company specializing in developing, engineering, and managing projects and related technologies as applied to the mining and metallurgical, mineral processing, chemicals and life sciences industries. We have been involved in assisting clients develop a number of projects from inception and feasibility, to financing, implementation, and start-up. Our experience has been gained through the development of projects ranging in capital scope from $500,000 to $800 million.

A list of relevant expertise is listed shown below:
  • Conceptual design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Project engineering, detailed design
  • Program development
  • Project financing
  • Capital and operating cost estimation
  • Preparation of cash flow projections and financial models
  • Commissioning and start-up assistance
  • Project risk mitigation

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Mining & Metallurgy

For projects in the mining and metallurgy sector, a requirement for processes and technological development and adaptation is required, which are based on local raw materials and site conditions. A sound knowledge of the major players with regards to available technologies and related equipment is also essential in designing production plants that are cost-effective and reliable. Mining & Metallurgy

Through years of experience, engineers at NOVOPRO have acquired the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively carry out projects in all of their phases as a result of participation in the following fields:

  • Primary Metal Production
  • Solution Mining
  • Potash Production and Compaction
  • Magnesium Metal Processing
  • Metal Purification and Casting
  • Material Storage and Handling
  • Steam and Power Plants
  • Waste Treatment and Handling

Accordingly, NOVOPRO offers expertise that is applicable to developing, engineering, and managing of industrial projects in these areas.

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Magnesium Experience

The nature of the magnesium industry requires that new processes be developed and that existing technologies be adapted, based on local raw materials and conditions. A sound knowledge of the major players with regards to available technologies and related equipment is also essential.

Through years of experience, the engineers at NOVOPRO have acquired the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively carry out magnesium metal related projects in all of their phases.

Experience has provided NOVOPRO with detailed design capabilities for specialized equipment,Magnesium experience such as chlorination units, fluid bed dryers, casting furnaces, molten metal pumps, and high current bus bars. This kind of expertise is usually not available within engineering firms and frequently has to be acquired through specialized consultants or vendors.

NOVOPRO’s team has identified the majority of relevant equipment suppliers in the magnesium sector and is well aware of their performances. This is essential in all stages of a project with regards to qualification of contractors and vendors.

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Potash

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The nature of the potash industry requires that new processes be developed and that existing technologies be adapted, based on local raw materials and site conditions. A sound knowledge of the major players with regards to available technologies and related equipment is also essential in designing production plant’s that are cost effective and reliable.

Through years of experience, the engineers at NOVOPRO have acquired the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively carry out magnesium metal related projects in all of their phases.

Experience has provided NOVOPRO with detailed design capabilities for specialized equipment within the areas such as solution mining, crystallization and compaction, and storage and shipping. The integration of these areas within one plant site allows for the optimization of the plant area, water consumption, as well as steam and power use.

Potash

This expertise is readily available within the team at NOVOPRO which possesses the specific skills to address specific industry issues including the chemical and physical quality control of the end product, monitoring within the purification process, and the drying and compaction circuit. Other specific industry issues such as material handling within the plant, the associated storage equipment and building, as well as corrosion protection due to the aggressive nature of the product can also be addressed.

Given the involvement of NOVOPRO in development activities within the potash industry, the requirements for the resource estimation and reporting, as well as specific requirements for project financing is well understood and specific tools developed.

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Life Sciences
Life sciences related services

The personnel at Novopro have participated in numerous projects in the life sciences sector, including pharmaceutical, radiopharmaceutical, medical devices, and laboratories, with involvement in scoping studies, the preparation of basis of design documents, detailed design, construction management, commissioning, process, and facility validation. This has thus provided Novopro with the following project and area involvement:

Pharmaceutical
    R & D
  • Solid dosage, compounding, tableting
  • Non sterile liquids creams and ointments
  • Granulation, coating, and drying
  • Clean rooms to Grade A,B,C, and D
  • Sterile filling of small and large volume parenterals
  • Lyophilisation
  • Autoclaves and depyrogenation
  • Packaging
  • Validation
Radiopharmaceutical
  • Production facilities
  • Laboratories
  • Radiochemistry areas
  • Clean rooms and dispensing areas
  • Isolators and shielding
  • Packaging and shipping
  • Robotic storage and retrieval bunkers
Additional Areas of Expertise
    R & D
  • Medical device production facilities
  • Chemistry and micro-biology laboratories
  • Dry rooms up to -50 C dew point
Utilities and support areas
  • WFI, RO water generation and distribution
  • Pure steam generation and distribution
  • CIP and SIP systems
  • Ventilation and air handling systems
  • Automation and building controls
  • Start-up and commissioning

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Environmental Engineering

Sustainable and sound industrial design must always consider the long-term environmental effect of a facility on its surroundings. The goal of our specialists is to achieve this harmony with elegant solutions that will also yield a competitive commercial operation.environmental engineering

To complement our process expertise, clients can benefit from our know-how in environmental engineering as applied to industrial facilities. Process simulation, in combination with laboratory test work, has been successfully used to optimize processes, reduce solid waste, as well as liquid effluents. Process heat recovery is used as means of energy optimization, including integrated co-generation schemes for maximization of energy efficiency. Other areas of expertise are capabilities in waste characterization, minimization, and management, leading to overall sound waste management strategies.

Environmental audits and risk analysis studies may also be performed. Environmental and social impact assessments and statements (ESIA’s) can be essential to the client in identifying risks and potential impacts of a project. ESIA’s can be further instrumental in:

  • Understanding corporate responsibilities regarding project-related environmental concerns;
  • Evaluating regulatory compliance of projected process operations;
  • Assessing the overall environmental viability and sustainability of a project;
  • Planning mitigation measures and technological alternatives to improve plant performance and acceptability within well-defined environmental parameters;
  • Anticipating the impact of stated environmental government policies.

Research & Development

R & DOur combined expertise in the fields of metal extraction and environmental processes has given rise to innovative engineering initiatives. These have brought significant improvements to plant operations and to current waste management practices through more economical production and better environmental controls, which translate into direct benefits to the industry.

In collaboration with several reputable laboratories Novopro has performed extensive test-work and pilot investigations for clients to simulate field conditions and generate samples for technical and marketing needs.

Public Institutions

factoryNOVOPRO have participated in relevant projects in related fields including building services, life sciences sector, laboratories, pharmaceutical, radiopharmaceutical, and medical device production facilities. The services provided in these sectors included the design and layout of base buildings, the associated infrastructure, support systems and utilities including ventilation, building controls, water systems, medical gases, and fume hood systems.

These projects were executed while performing scoping studies, the preparation of basis of design documents, detailed design, construction management, commissioning and start-up. These activities have been performed for green-field projects, expansions, and internal renovations where the work and tie-ins must be planned and executed to minimize the impact of the ongoing activities in the surrounding areas.

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