Studies are the process by which we make investment decisions. Our studies provide us with viable and sustainable business cases to invest in and to create long term, profitable partnerships around.

We deliver studies for ourselves, our partners and our clients. A Karbine Mining study is a showcase of strategy and execution planning that gives us the confidence to put our money where our mouth is.

Studies form the basis of our ADO planing process.

The process of assessing and deciding to Acquire a mine is via the Study process. A Study is a small project that is designed to answer the key investment questions:

  • Can this mine be very profitable?
  • Is the risk of investing in this mine too high?
  • What are the trade offs between the risks and the rewards?

These 3 questions are the keys to making good investment decisions. Each mine will have hundreds of factors to consider and assess. Each mine is unique in some way, and similar to other mines in other ways. Answering these 3 questions is essential to making good investment decisions. We do not Acquire mines before we have conducted a study on them.


Projects are the vehicles that we use to spend our money and create our revenue generating assets. We specialise in delivering low capital cost projects in remote areas. Our people create the right networks on the ground and utilise our global supply chains to construct and commission our operations.

The Development phase of our ADO process is a Project, or series of Projects. Often we work with assets that are half built or built but did not work as advertised. Assessment of the existing works and development and execution of plans to create new and rectify existing is what we do. 

Projects require many people, in many teams, working in smaller sub-teams, to coordinate their activities and efforts across space and time to achieve a single outcome.
— Rob Foster, CEO

Our sister company, Karbine Services, provides project management and execution services to the global natural resource industry.

Visit us here for information on what we do every day. Designing, buying and building mining and infrastructure projects is our core business.

Small scale mining operations are all about maximising production and optimising costs. The trade offs between direct and indirect costs and revenue generation are where mining companies make or break themselves.

New operations should be large enough to be profitable and small enough to be able to operate in the communities they inhabit. The creation of a safe and sustainable operation in a remote area is frequently a function of community engagement and alignment. Providing opportunities to local communities provides opportunities to the operation to expand and diversify.

Karbine Mining Gold Operation in Papua New Guinea

Karbine Mining Gold Operation in Papua New Guinea

The key components of Operations are not geology and pit design. These are critical specialisations within each mine and contextual to the particular resource. The keys to profitable, sustainable operations are leadership, planning, maintenance, logistics and community engagement. These provide the resilience that is needed to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for many years.

Getting equipment, consumables and people to and from sites is the defining challenge of remote operations. The selection of appropriate development sites is contingent on having a deep understanding of logistics and an appreciation of the complexity that must be overcome.

To paraphrase General Bradley: "Amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics".

Keeping people alive and healthy in remote areas is vital. Extending this capability beyond the fence to help local communities is often the greatest gift that we can give. Karbine Mining has helped more people receive medical aid and birthing assistance than we could possibly count. The transfer of knowledge to these communities will be our greatest legacy.

We also take security very seriously. We mine gold. Gold attracts the wrong kind of attention. When we explain our version of "security" to people, they are often shocked. We like that reaction. We don't discuss security with outsiders.