Industry Standard for Mining Cost Estimating

Mining Cost Service

Mine & Mill Cost Models, Mining Taxes, Metal Prices, Smelting, Equipment, Supplies, Transportation, Utility and Labor Costs

Mining Cost Service

Mining Cost Service is the industry's standard reference for mine cost estimating. This two-volume loose-leaf system places data for all pertinent cost estimating areas at your fingertips. It contains 1,000 pages of easy-to-find, indexed information to make your cost studies faster, easier and more credible. Monthly updates assure that you are working with the most current cost data available. Your subscription to Mining Cost Service will provide you with in-depth information on the following topics:

  • Mine and Mill Cost Models
  • Smelting
  • Mining Taxes
  • Mine and Mill Equipment Costs
  • Electric Power Costs
  • Metal Prices
  • Transportation Costs
  • Cost Indexes
  • Labor Costs
  • Mine and Mill Supply Costs
  • Development Costs
  • Natural Gas Costs

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Mine and Mill Cost Models

You'll receive theoretical cost models for a broad range of sizes and types of surface and underground mines and mills. In addition to capital and operating cost summaries, most models provide listings of manpower, equipment and daily supply needs.

Check our Free Data & Samples for an example of a cost model.


You'll Receive the results of our annual surveys of U.S. and Canadian copper, lead, zinc, nickel and molybdenum smelters. Includes current and projected availability of furnace capacity, the types of material accepted, deleterious element limits, metals recovered, and indications of the company's interest in acquiring additional concentrates. You will also receive a guide to current charges and terms for smelting and refining of copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, beryllium, and tungsten.

Check our Free Data & Samples for a listing of smelters covered.

Transportation Costs

You'll Receive a guide to current truck, rail and ocean shipping charges for ores, concentrates, supplies and equipment, along with an annual analysis of projected trends in shipping costs.

Mining Taxes

You'll Receive clear explanations of current Canadian and U.S. federal, state and provincial taxes and how they apply to your proposed project. All taxes of significance are covered, including income, sales and property taxes, in addition to all severance and other mining-specific taxes. Changes are tracked year-to-year for 31 mining states and all Canadian provinces.

Check our Free Data & Samples for information on state mining taxes and provincial taxes covered in Mining Cost Service.

Cost Indexes

You'll Receive current and historical inflation indexes for 16 key mining cost categories, plus our exclusive Mining Cost Service (MCS) surface and underground mining indexes and milling indexes.

Check our Free Data & Samples for the MCS surface and underground mining indexes and milling indexes.

Labor Costs

You'll Receive the results of CostMine's annual labor survey for Canada and the U.S., including listings of current wage scales, benefit plans, and incentive bonus plans at U.S. coal, metal and industrial mineral mines.

Check our Free Data & Samples for benchmark wage scales.

Mine and Mill Equipment

You'll Receive current capital costs for 3,000 equipment items used for mining and milling, including trucks, shovels, loaders, drills, locomotives, ventilation equipment, crushing and grinding equipment, pumps, motors, continuous miners and more.

Check our Free Data & Samples for some example equipment listings.

Metal Prices

You'll Receive recent and historic prices for copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver and nickel as reported by London Metal Exchange, Handy and Harmon, and Metals Week.

Mine and Mill Supplies

You'll Receive current prices for virtually every supply item you need for estimating mine or mill operating costs - including explosives, fuel, timber, reagents, drill bits, grinding media, tires, rock bolts, heap leach supply needs and much more.

Utility Costs

You'll receive current electric power and natural gas rates for utility companies serving mines in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Check our Free Data & Samples for some model rate schedules for electric power.

Ask Our Experts

Since 1983, we have been providing services and data to the mining industry. Our highly experienced staff consists of registered professional mining engineers, geologists, and equipment estimators. Our specialties include project evaluation, cost estimating, third party review and expert witness services. This group forms a strong working team built on a solid background, drawing from experience in mine engineering, mineral economics, project evaluation, mine operation, exploration and government service.

While our capabilities and experience cover a broad spectrum of mining and geologic areas, we are especially proud of the reputation we have attained in the areas of cost estimating and economic analysis.

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When you subscribe to Mining Cost Service, you will receive all of the current PDF files and, if ordered, two full volumes of the current paper copy of current, reliable cost data, plus you will receive a full year's updating service in the format you have chosen. For multiple user licensing, please contact us.