Industries Served

The experience and background of Norwest’s professionals enable us to provide specialized expertise to a variety of industries.

Mining: Norwest was founded on a deep understanding of exploring for, developing, and enhancing the performance of surface and underground mining operations.

Power Generation: Our professionals are well versed in applying their fuel production and utilization background to the electric power generation industry.

Industrial And Manufacturing: Our environmental and hydrology professionals assist clients in managing surface water, groundwater and environmental remediation issues.

Government And Regulatory Agencies: Norwest has worked with public entities ranging from local governments to international agencies.

Norwest offers a wide range of services related to surface and underground mining of coal, oil sands, base metals, precious metals, industrial minerals and other deposits. Our capabilities continue to grow to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients. From initial exploration concept to successful development of world-class mining ventures, Norwest professionals can help you make the most of your mining investment.
 
Our services include:
 
  • Exploration services
  • Exploration programs
  • Drilling and field programs
  • Resource assessment
  • 3-dimensional digital computer modeling
  • Resource characterization
  • Reserve and resource estimation
  • Geostatistics
  • Surface and Underground Mines
  • Mine design and planning
  • Mine cost estimating
  • Computer simulation
  • Equipment selection and specification
  • Benchmarking, productivity, and efficiency studies
  • Operations management consulting
  • Economic, financial, feasibility, and valuation studies
  • Mine safety and loss control programs
  • Processing / Materials Handling
  • Plant layout
  • Process design
  • Mine infrastructure design
  • Capital and operating cost estimates
  • Construction management
  • Plant commissioning and start-up
  • Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering
  • General geotechnical engineering
  • Surface and underground mine design engineering
  • Stability investigation and hazard mitigation
  • Impoundment design and construction management
  • Environmental Planning and Management
  • Environmental assessment and management
  • Mine permitting
  • Mine closure, landform re-grading, and reclamation design
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Water resources management
  • Surface and groundwater hydrology
Norwest’s extensive background in energy minerals evaluation and production provides a unique set of skills applicable to the electric power generation industry. Whether we’re performing research on carbon sequestration, analyzing optimal fuel supplies for a given project, enhancing boiler performance through coal sourcing and blend, or assisting with audits and certifications, we provide consulting that is respected in the industry and proven to increase the returns from your generation assets.
 
Below you’ll find a list of services Norwest provides to the power generation industry.
 
  • Fuel Supply
    • Fuel supply assessments
    • Fuel blending studies
    • Procurement assistance
    • Fuel supply security
    • Competitive analysis
    • Mergers and acquisitions due diligence
    • Feasibility studies
    • Market and transportation studies
  • Contract and Legal Support
    • Contract preparation
    • Negotiation support
    • Contract and supply audits
    • Force Majeure Investigation
    • Expert Witness
  • Engineering
    • Coal blending
    • Coal preparation
    • Materials storage and handling
  • Environmental
    • Permitting and regulatory support
    • Audits and assessments
    • Environmental management plans
  • Carbon Sequestration
    • Depleted oil and gas reservoirs
    • Enhanced oil and gas recovery
    • Deep saline formations
    • Enhanced coalbed methane recovery
A variety of international, federal, provincial, state, local, and native / first nations’ government and regulatory agencies have benefited from Norwest’s broad range of services. From understanding the economic natural resource potential of an underdeveloped region to providing expert witness and advisory services, Norwest’s professionals know how to balance the needs of economic development with the principles of sustainable development.
 
Our services to government and regulatory agencies include the following:
 
  • Resource assessments
    • Oil sands
    • Coal
    • Industrial minerals
    • Oil and gas
    • Coalbed methane
    • Coal mine methane
    • Base metals
    • Precious metals
  • Regional natural resource development planning
  • Resource leasing evaluations and strategy planning
  • Natural resource property valuations
  • Performance reviews
  • Regulatory plan development and management
  • Regulatory compliance reviews
  • Sustainable development principles
  • Environmental planning and management
  • Litigation support
  • Expert witness
Norwest has extensive experience assisting industrial and manufacturing clients in managing surface water, groundwater and environmental remediation issues. Norwest’s clients include chemical and petrochemical facilities, refineries, commercial land developers and manufacturing facilities. In addition, Norwest provides expert technical support for law firms and insurance companies working on environmental cases and land transfer due diligence. Our senior professionals are well qualified to provide expert witness testimony on a wide variety of environmental and water resources issues.
 
Norwest has provided Phase 1 and Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) services on behalf of both sellers and potential purchasers of industrial property since the mid-1980s. Our clients have included Lyondell Chemical Company, El Paso Energy Company, Textron, the Hartford Insurance Group, and Atlantic Richfield Company among others. Due to our long history with larger industrial clients, many of our engagements have spanned the full range of environmental consulting services, from Phase 1 and Phase 2 ESAs to remediation design and implementation. This broad experience base allows Norwest professionals to bring a broad perspective to our clients as compared with consultants who focus solely on Phase 1 and Phase 2 ESA documentation.