Consultants & Advisors

CSA Global, an ERM Group company is a global geological and mining consultancy firm with particularly relevant experience in nickel laterite geology and mining.
CSA Global was responsible for completing an independent JORC resource estimate for the Piauí Nickel Project, as well as initial mine design and optimisation.

The Natural History Museum (NHM)

BRN’s technical director Anne Oxley has been a scientific associate of the NHM since 2010 and the NHM has undertaken much fundamental research of nickel laterites.
BRN is currently an industry partner for the NERC funded CoG3 cobalt project.

SNC Lavalin

SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with an excellent presence in Brazil. SNCL has been selected to be BRN’s engineering partner as we construct the PNP1000 and move through the Bankable Feasibility Study to the design, engineering and construction of the full-scale Piauí Nickel Project. SNCL’s commitment to integrity has earned them for the second time the prestigious Compliance Leader Verification from the Ethisphere Institute, an independent centre for research, best practices and thought leadership.

Metsim International


Metsim is the leading metallurgical simulation software. Metsim’s unique dynamic modelling capabilities allow detailed planning of commercial operation even from the results of early stage test work, these models are then validated as test work progresses. BRN works with Metsim International’s team of experts lead by Alex Holtzapple.

Claverton Associates Limited

The principal of Claverton Associates has a long standing relationship with the BRN management team, therefore being fully familiar with nickel laterite heap leaching. The company brings a wealth of international experience in environmental and social studies.


ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. ARCADIS has been retained by BRN’s Brazilian subsidiary as its environmental permitting consultant.

Research and Productivity Council

For over 10 years RPC have undertaken initial metallurgical test work on behalf of the BRN management team. The RPC methods and approach for nickel laterite leaching has been used as the benchmark for the previous studies conducted by the management team. As the Project deposit is tested following these well established procedures, test results can be analysed in comparison with other projects allowing much more rapid and accurate conclusions to be drawn.


In 2021 BRN joined Paradigm 4 Parity and are pleased to be committing to work to achieve gender parity in leadership positions and throughout the company by 2030.

Cobalt Institute

In 2020 Brazilian Nickel joined the cobalt institute and are pleased to be part of the responsible sourcing of cobalt.

Nickel Institute

In 2022 BRN was pleased to join the Nickel Institute. The Nickel Institute is the global association of leading primary nickel producers.

Nickel and cobalt for a low carbon future