Principal Advisor and Manager – MEC Advisory

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Office Phone: 07 3832 0301


BE(Mining), GradDipAppFin, MAusIMM(CP), RPEQ 10982

James Cooney joined the mining industry more than two decades ago developing his experience in working with contract miners, mine owners and as a consultant, James specialises in long-term and life-of-mine planning; equipment selection; cost estimation; and financial analysis, including due diligence assessments in support of mergers and acquisitions. Since re-joining MEC Mining in 2017 as Principal Mining Engineer, James has undertaken a diverse array of Advisory roles, supporting clients as Competent Person for JORC Reserve estimation, conducting project reviews of international coal and metalliferous operations, undertaking Due Diligence in support of major resource acquisitions, and providing strategic support to a Tier-1 mining house through their life-of-mine planning process. James leads the MEC Advisory team from MEC Mining’s Brisbane Office.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cost Estimation & Financial Analysis
  • Long-Term / Life-of-Mine planning
  • Equipment selection
  • Coal haulage optimisation
  • Truck-shovel, Surface Miners and Conveyor-based mining systems (BWE, IPCC)
  • Mining technology (Fleet Management Systems, Autonomous Haulage)
  • Contract management and Tender preparation
  • Project Controls
  • Business improvement
  • Due Diligence reviews