American Appraisal Auriant Mining Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Eastern Drilling Company (FORACO) EY IMC Montan
Irgiredmet Kamchatka Gold Kinross Gold Corporation
Krasnoyarsk Drilling Company Mangazeya Mining Metso
MICROMINE Norton Rose Fulbright OGK Group
PwC Pavlik Gold Ore Company JSC Polymetal International Plc
RJC Group RungePincockMinarco (RPM) RUSBURMASH
SRK Consulting TOMS VNIPIpromtechnologii
Wardell Armstrong Group (WAI) ZAO “NITRO SIBIR”




OGK Group
   Platinum Sponsor   

OGK Group is the consortium comprised of Russia’s leading exploration service companies.  It provides prompt, high quality maintenance services of geological exploration with guaranteed fulfillment of contractual obligations.

The Group unites a number of leading exploration service companies in the country, whose experts accumulated the experience in exploration project management over many years in this business. This country-wide business coverage allows the Group to help its customers significantly reduce their costs on mobilisation and other works, as well as ensure access to almost any necessary equipment in any quantities.

The company's mission:

  • Creation of competitive consortium of experts in the exploration service market with unitary high standards and country-wide business coverage.

The company's strategy:

  • Concentration of investment and administrative resources for the creation an industry leader in Russia and former Soviet Union;
  • Diversification of investments in business assets;
  • Active use of partnerships and alliances to maximise the effect of joint investment;
  • Strong management team;
  • Application of international management standards and advanced technologies;
  • Social responsibility and general humanitarian values. 


   Platinum Sponsor   

TOMS company is rendering the whole range of services for deposits development from investing money up to its remuneration.

TOMS provides project management services in the form of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM). It includes geological maintenance and geological prospecting works, conducting of audit in geological, mining and technological spheres, test works in minerals concentration, working out “technological reglaments” (Russian standard), project feasibility studies, engineering and construction of ore mines, tail facilities and accompanying infrastructure, concentrating plants and factories for recovery of all types of minerals, supply of process solutions and LSTK plants, supervision and consulting services.

TOMS takes all responsibility for the final result, that benefits investors and owners with a most efficient mineral deposit exploitation.

TOMS is a good combination of highly experienced specialists, modern innovative technologies and complex high quality solutions.


   Gold Sponsor   

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY expands its services and resources in accordance with clients’ needs throughout the CIS. 4,500 professionals work at 19 offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Togliatti, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Baku, Kyiv, Donetsk, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Minsk.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.


Kamchatka Gold
   Gold Sponsor   

Kamchatka Gold is the leading gold producer in the Kamchatka region. In 2005, JSC “Kamgold”, part of Kamchatka Gold, first started production of ore gold in the region, by commissioning Aginskiy processing plant.

Kamchatka Gold through subsidiaries owns 9 licenses for 11 gold mines located in the Kamchatka region, with a total reserve base as at 30 June 2013 – more than 14 million troy ounces (over 440 tonnes) of gold.

The gold content in ore in the fields of Kamchatka Gold is from 9 to 25 g/t.

Today's strategic goals and objectives of Kamchatka Gold – are:

  • continuous increase of the resource base through intensive exploration and improvement of the reserves quality;
  • construction of the new modern production and processing facilities;
  • integrated and complex development of transport and energy infrastructure;
  • development of organization capacity and creating of new jobs in the region;
  • environmental safety level increase;
  • social responsibility policy.

Kamchtka Gold has more than 1200 employees.

One of the key strategic objectives of the business – the completion of the Ametistovoe processing plant with a capacity of more than 500 tons of ore per year.

To ensure long-term growth strategy, the company is engaged in the projecting and engineering of Baranevskoe processing plant and is actively developing perspective exploration projects Kumroch, Maletoyvayam and Vetrovayam.

One of the most important principles of the of Kamchatka Gold activity – the responsible processing of natural resources. The purpose of the environmental policy of the company is to provide the highest respect to the unique natural environment of the region and to develop enterprises in strict compliance with environmental standards.

Management of subsidiaries of Kamchatka Gold is represented by the Interminerals management Ltd., acting as the sole executive body for all the Group’s subsidiaries.

The development strategy of “Kamchatka Gold” is aimed to strengthen its positions in the Far East region and to enter in 2017 the top ten leading gold mining companies in Russia.


Kinross Gold Corporation
   Gold Sponsor   

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Mauritania, Russia and the United States, employing approximately 9,000 people worldwide. The company is guided by four core values: Putting People First, Outstanding Corporate Citizenship, High Performance Culture and Rigorous Financial Discipline. Kinross has been present in Russia since 1995 and to date is the largest foreign investor in Russia’s gold mining industry. Main Kinross assets in Russia: Kupol mine (“Chukotka Mining and Geological Company”) and Dvoinoye mine (“Northern Gold”), both located in Chukotka.

Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: KGC).


Polymetal International Plc
   Gold Sponsor   

Polymetal International Plc is one of the world’s largest producers of primary silver and is one of Russia’s five largest gold mining companies. The Company’s production and exploration facilities are based in four regions of Russia – Magadan, Chukotka, Khabarovsk and Sverdlovsk – and in Kazakhstan.

Polymetal Int carries out the full range of deposit development, from exploration to production. One of the key elements of the Company’s strategy is to set up large processing hubs and to position the operations around them in order to maximise staff and cost efficiencies, and to optimise return on investment.

In November 2011 Polymetal Int completed its premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: POLY).


SRK Consulting
   Gold Sponsor   

SRK Consulting is the world’s first one-stop consultancy offering specialist services to mining and exploration companies for the entire life cycle of a mining project from exploration through to mine closure. Among SRK Consulting’s approximately 1,500 clients are most of the world’s major and medium-sized mining houses, exploration companies, banks, petroleum companies, agribusiness companies, construction firms and government departments.

Formed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974, SRK now employs approximately over 1,000 professionals in 43 permanent offices on six continents. A broad range of internationally recognised associate consultants are also available world-wide to complement the core staff.

The SRK Group’s independence is ensured by the fact that it holds no equity in any project or company and that its ownership rests solely with its staff. This enables SRK to provide its clients with conflict-free and objective recommendations on crucial judgement issues.

SRK Consulting employs leading specialists in each field of science and engineering. Its seamless integration of services, and global base, has made the company the world’s leading practice in due diligence, feasibility studies and confidential internal reviews.

SRK Consulting offices in the countries in which it operates are staffed by international as well as local experts thus ensuring both technical and local context excellence.


Wardell Armstrong Group (WAI)
   Gold Sponsor   

WAI has provided the mineral industry with specialised geological, mining, processing and environmental expertise since 1987, initially as an independent company, but from 1999 as part of the Wardell Armstrong Group (WA). Our experience is worldwide and has concentrated on the metalliferous mining sector and coal.

Our parent company is a mining engineering/environmental consultancy that services the industrial minerals sector from nine regional offices in the UK and international offices in Russia and Kazakhstan. Total worldwide staff complement is now in excess of 300.

The Group provides a wide range of services for minerals-related projects. This ranges from preliminary exploration planning, through reserve estimation, mine design and financial appraisal, to bankable final feasibility study.

WAI has a strong client list, including companies and organisations from the private and public sectors, as well as many major lending institutions. In addition, WAI has been involved in many AIM and Full Board London stock exchange listings.


   Gold Sponsor   

ZAO “NITRO SIBIR” is the major Russian producer of commercial explosives for blasting operations:
Our key areas of focus are:
Development of industrial explosives;
Manufacturing facilities;
Mixing-and-charging and delivery equipment;
Drilling and blasting operations;
Designing facilities;
Construction and operation;
Raw materials and technical support of equipment.
The company was established in 1990 and has become a leading commercial enterprise within the Russian mining industry and has recently entered the global market of commercial explosives.
The company comprises 17 enterprises engaged in designing, fabricating, operating and producing commercial explosives and conducting drilling-and-blasting operations.
The products of Nitro Sibir are consumed by more than 80 mining enterprises. The major consumers are large Russian and international companies such as Yara International, Mechel, Ural Mining and Smelting Company, Magnitogorsk Iron-and-Steel Works, Russian Railways, Akron and Severstal.
Nitro Sibir has produced over 2.5 million tonnes since the company was established. The volume of blasting operations carried out by the company specialists continues to grow rapidly.
Thanks to scientific research on emulsifiers and formulations conducted by company specialists, all technological and engineering developments of the company are protected by international patents. The company’s long experience in drilling-and-blasting operations combined with its unique technology allows Nitro Sibir to create new and innovative solutions for the mining industry.


Auriant Mining
   Silver Sponsor   

Auriant Mining AB (AUR) is a Swedish junior mining company focused on gold exploration and production in Russia, primarily in Zabaikalye and the Republics of Khakassia and Tyva. The company has currently four assets, including two operating mines (Tardan and Solcocon) and two early stage exploration assets, one of which, Kara-Beldyr, is a joint venture with the major Canadian gold producer Centerra Gold. The group’s mineral licenses are estimated to contain almost 1,000,000 troy ounces of gold reserves according to the Russian standards (GKZ). Auriant Mining´s shares are trading on First North Premier at the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange under the short name AUR.


Eastern Drilling Company (FORACO)
   Silver Sponsor   

Eastern Drilling Company (EDC) – one of the largest Russian mineral drilling company. EDC is a subsidiary of  FORACO International (3rd largest global mineral driller operating 308 rigs on 5 continents in 23 countries, having 51 years of experience and 2,200+ employees).  EDC provides a broad variety of drilling services for mineral resources: diamond drilling, deep directional drilling with wedges, reverse circulation, air core drilling, large diameter drilling (up to 30” in diameter for exploration, bulk sampling, ventilation and backfilling holes, etc.), deep water well and dewatering drilling.

EDC fleet includes proprietary and technically innovative rigs, new Boart Longyear rigs and RC rigs, and other modern equipment for all kinds of exploration work (CAT dozers, camps etc.). We have experience bringing unique rigs into Russia from the global FORACO fleet for special drilling tasks. EDC has subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with all the necessary drilling licenses.

Eastern Drilling Company specializes in providing high-quality exploration services in compliance with  international standards and best-in-class safety and environmental practices. We have extensive experience performing difficult projects in extreme climate conditions, in highly remote areas and terrains. Our ability to deliver high-quality drilling  services on time, and on budget, is our key success factor.



IMC Montan
   Silver Sponsor   

IMC Montan is an independent international mining consultancy and one of the leading consulting companies in mining sector of Russia. The Group also includes such companies as DMT GmbH & Co. (Germany), IMCGCL (UK), WYG Plc. (UK).

This year IMC Montan celebrated its 20-years anniversary in Russia and CIS. Since then the company implemented over 300 projects for Russian and international mining companies, investors and banks.

IMC Montan is a recognized technical consultant and sector expert; its opinion is respected by analytical agencies, financial institutions and Russian state surveillance bodies.

The range of the Company consulting services covers all solid minerals, all types of deposits and full cycle of the mine life.

Disciplines covered by the Company services include reserve audit in compliance with international standards, preparation of mining companies for IPO, technical and technological consulting, feasibility studies, higher labour productivity or core business production build-up justification.


Krasnoyarsk Drilling Company
   Silver Sponsor   

ZAO “Krasnoyarsk drilling company” provides its customers a full range of service, ranging from the drafting work, geotechnical investigations for any type of building, exploration, hydrogeology, and to Critical Design Review in TKZ (Territorial Committee for Natural Reserves) and GKZ (State Reserves Commission).

The company has its own accredited laboratory soil, technology group, machinery and repair shop, as well as a large arsenal of drilling equipment. The imported machine Christensen CT-20, manufactured by Atlas Copco, became the company’s latest acquisition and allows borehole drilling of NQ size (76 mm) and depth of 2300 m. We are especially proud of qualified personnel whose skill is constantly improving during the production process at refresher courses.

Constant supervising of all operating parameters of drilling allows us to achieve great results.


Mangazeya Mining
   Silver Sponsor   

LLC “Mangazeya Mining” was founded in 2006 and is located in Nerchinsk–Zavodskoy region, Zabaykalsky Krai.
The company holds directly or through subsidiaries several licenses for gold ore fields on Zabaikalsky Territory, which includes:
- The license for exploration and mining of hardrock gold and associated components on Ildikan area, valid until 15.06.2031
- The license for exploration of hardrock gold and associated components on the deeper levels of Ildikan area, valid until 15.04.2015
- The license for exploration and mining of hardrock gold and associated components on Olondo area, valid until 15.12.2013
- The license for exploration of gold deposit on Urum prospective area, valid until 31.12.2014
- The license for exploration and mining of hardrock gold and associated components on Nasedkino deposit, valid until 01.12.2025
- The license for exploration and mining of base and precious metals on Pridneprov area (Magadan Region), valid until 01.07.2028
Currently gold is produced on Savkino deposit which is located in south-east of Zabaykalsky Krai, Nerchinsk–Zavodskoy region. Gold ore mining is carried in the open pit. Technology of heap leaching is applied to extract gold. The Company financial partner and gold buyer is VTB Bank.


   Silver Sponsor   

PwC Russia provides industry-focused assurance, tax, legal and advisory services. Over 2,300 professionals working in PwC offices in Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Voronezh, Novosibirsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladikavkaz share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice for our clients.

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Together, these firms form the PwC network, which includes over 180,000 employees in 158 countries.


Pavlik Gold Ore Company JSC
   Silver Sponsor   

Pavlik Gold Ore Company JSC holds a license for search, exploration and ore gold mining at Pavlik deposit, Tenkinsky District, Magadan Region of the Russian Federation. Within 2007 – 2011 a detailed exploration was performed at the deposit, the provisional exploratory standards were approved and the reserves, which amount to 100.2 tons of gold as of January 1, 2010, were calculated. The permanent exploratory standards and the report with the calculation of the reserves were presented (in August of 2012) to Rosnedra SRC for the approval. These standards took into account the further exploration performed in 2011-2012. It is supposed that the reserves shall amount to at least 200 tons of gold as of January 1, 2013. In 2012 the construction of ore-dressing facility was started, which will be completed in December, 2013. The annual output of the enterprise is 3 mln. tons of ore, average gold grade is 2,5 g/t, extraction is not less than 82%.


RungePincockMinarco (RPM)
   Silver Sponsor   

RPM is the world’s largest publicly traded independent group of mining technical experts, with history stretching back to 1968. We have local expertise in all mining regions and are experienced across all commodities and mining methods.

Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange on 27 May 2008 (ASX: RUL), RPM is a global leader in the provision of advisory consulting, technology and professional development solutions to the mining industry. We have global expertise achieved through our work in over 118 countries and our approach to the business of mining is strongly grounded in economic principles.

We operate offices in 18 locations across 12 countries on five continents.


   Silver Sponsor   

VNIPIpromtechnologii OJSC is a full-service company that performs a full cycle of design and survey works as well as scientific and research works for:

  • Building and reconstruction of companies that specializes in mining and processing of uranium, rare-earth elements, non-ferrous metals ores and precious metals ores;
  • Recovery of territories damaged by radioactive waste;
  • Radiation-dangerous works at handling, operating and liquidation of nuclear weapon and nuclear munitions;
  • Building of nuclear-waste repositories and radioactive waste disposal facilities;
  • Liquidation of industrial facilities that were build using nuclear technology;
  • Handling of radioactive waste, reactor blocks and spent nuclear fuel from atomic submarine utilization.

Currently VNIPIpromtechnologii OJSC is an engineering subsidiary company of ARMZ Uranium Holing Co. It performs design and survey works as well as scientific and research works for both companies of the Holding and the third parties.

Seeking to comply with market demands our company is actively developing itself and its competencies and discovers new areas of activity. The Institute is located in Moscow and has its own exploration base in Moscow area and a branch in the city of Chita. The company has about 500 high-quality specialists. Their working places are upgraded with the modern equipment and software. Our highly skilled specialists are capable to participate in implementation of large-scale projects of development of atomic sector and mining industry.



Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
   Session Sponsor   

Debevoise Plimpton LLP is an international law firm that offers a diverse range of sophisticated legal services to businesses and individuals. Founded in 1931, the firm now has more than 750 lawyers and offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, London, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In Russia and CIS countries our practice covers general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance, securities, antitrust legislation, private equity fund formation, litigation and international arbitration, natural resources, real estate, insurance, aircraft leasing and other areas.
We represent investors in a wide range of industries such as mining and metals, fuel and energy sector, telecommunications, aviation, transport infrastructure and the financial sector.

Our Moscow office represents clients and runs the firm’s business in this region, working closely with lawyers in our US and Western European offices. In this way we make available to our clients the worldwide resources of the firm.


   Session Sponsor   

IRGIREDMET provides R&D expertise, testwork and process optimization for precious and base metals and diamonds.

The activities range from initial investigations to process development and design, construction and commissioning of industrial mines and plants. Working closely with clients and in conjunction with engineering partners, Irgiredmet supplies a flexible package of technology for process development and optimization.

We offer a full range of sophisticated facilities for sample preparation and characterization, gravity, flotation, physical separation, smelting, leaching, purification and metals recovery, tails detoxification etc.

Our key customers are: Polyus Gold International Limited, GV Gold, Petropavlovsk PLC, Severstal, Uzhuralzoloto Group of Companies (UGC) JSC, Russdragmet, ALROSA Joint Stock Company, Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat State Company, Group of companies “Amur”, Sovrudnik.


   Session Sponsor   

Metso, created in 2001 after merger of Nordberg and Svedala, is a global supplier of technology and services for the mining, construction, power generation, oil and gas, recycling, and pulp and paper industries. We are truly global – we have engineering, production, procurements, services business, sales and other operations in over 300 units in more than 50 countries. Worldwide we employ about 28,500 professionals serving customers in more than 100 countries.

Mining and Construction, one of the Metso’s reporting segments, is the world’s leading supplier of equipment, complete systems and solutions for rock and minerals processing industries. Metso Mining and Construction serves all industries involved in crushing, screening and the reduction of rock and minerals, including aggregate production, quarrying, mining and minerals processing. The product offering comprises rock and minerals processing plants, stationary and mobile crushing and screening units, grinding mills, enrichment plants, wear protection products, wear and spare parts, after-market services. The wide product range enables Metso Mining and Construction to provide its customers with individual machines or complete turnkey installations.


Norton Rose Fulbright
   Session Sponsor   

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. 

We have 40 experienced lawyers in Moscow, qualified to practice both Russian and English law. We are particularly strong in mining, which is evidenced by our top ranking in mining in Russia awarded by Chambers Europe 2008-2013 and Chambers Global 2011-2013.

Mining Law Firm of the Year 2013

Who's Who Legal Awards


American Appraisal
   Corporate Sponsor   

American Appraisal is the largest international independent valuation company. American Appraisal Associates operate more than 55 offices in 48 countries of the world. AAR provides valuation opinion and advisory services to the clients in various industries including Metals and Mining, Oil and Gas and Utilities.

Among our clients are major Russian Metals and Mining companies.


   Corporate Sponsor   

MICROMINE is a leader on Russian market in developing and selling software solutions for exploration and mining industries including the entire production circle. Micromine holds a leading position in Russia as a modular solution of full cycle that allows explorative and mining companies substantially increase productivity. The Geobank system creates a flexible and efficient environment for collection, verification and storage data. Field Marshal module facilitates the work of specialists in the field conditions. The Pitram system enables to Increase production, reduce costs, and improve safety of production. MICROMINE is a consulting arm, Micromine Consulting Services delivers competent person reports compliant with international and local reporting standards. MICROMINE provides you with local support and services in your language and your time zone.


RJC Group
   Corporate Sponsor   

RJC Group – a consulting company doing its best in serving clients in exploration and mining industry in Russia and abroad. Since its foundation in 2001, the company has built a good track record in providing a broad scope of services from early prospecting to design and optimization of mining operations and processing circuits.

Our on-going and completed projects include those from early exploration to mining operations. Our commodity expertise covers precious metals and PGM, ferrous, base and minor metals, coal, uranium, and industrial minerals.

Exploration support is one of the intensively developing activities within the RJC Group. RJC Exploration’s Director Andrey Kharlashin, PhD, and his team are actively employing and introducing an efficient exploration support program on operations within the framework of their projects. The program includes development and application of the specially built computer based core logging AGR System that complies with QA/QC requirements and is approved by GKZ (State Committee on Reserves).

AGR System is a computer based core logging that covers all major structure and material criteria of ore distribution and unifies registration thereof.

AGR system is the basis to develop database, core log books, and drill hole logs. The System is easy and simple, and secured against nonsystematic errors.

Specialists of more than four mining companies, on whose deposits AGR System has been introduced and is intensively used, and also overseas auditors, have noted sufficient reduction in time required for cameral treatment, possibility to promptly adjust exploration drilling, and, as a result, reduction of the total cost of exploration.


   Corporate Sponsor   

RUSBURMASH — the unique complex prospecting company with powerful chisel service in structure of uranium holding of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.

RUSBURMASH ensures fulfilment of prospecting works (including prospecting drilling) and works on a structure of technological chinks for uranium-mining enterprises of a contour of management of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co in which management are all uranium-mining assets of the Russian nuclear branch.

For today RUSBURMASH represents effectively functioning enterprise capable to the full to solve delivered before it of a problem. For the period with 2009 for 2015 before RUSBURMASH there are difficult and ambitious enough purposes and problems, namely — become one of the leading prospecting companies of Russia.

Already today RUSBURMASH offers fulfilment of prospecting works «on a turn-key basis» — from designing before preparation of reports with count of stocks in the State Committee on Stocks.