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MINEX Russia Forum which celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year, was held in Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow from 7-9 October 2014.

MINEX Russia, held in Moscow since 2005, is one of the largest and most prestigious international events dedicated to addressing issues related to  ongoing  developments and prospects for exploration, mining and  processing of solid minerals in Russia and countries of the Eurasian Economic Community. MINEX Russia Forum is attended by top executives  and managers from leading Russian and international companies involved in the mining sector in the region. Forum is regarded as one of the most successful business platforms organized in Russia which effectively stimulates and promotes trade relations and exchange of best practices and technologies in geological and mining industry.

The main topic of the 2014 Forum was Russia’s Mineral Resources Sector – New Frontiers and Challenges.

The Forum was attended by more than 550 delegates - representatives of companies, government agencies and public sector organisations. The on-site exhibition of mining investment projects and technologies for the mining industry had more than 800 visitors. The Forum agenda consisted of 98 presentations and reports by speakers from Russian and international companies.  Forum also hosted 3 round table discussions that addressed issues of regulation of subsoil use in Russia as well as discussed prospects for attracting funding and investment for mining industry in  the current geopolitical and economic situation. Expert assessment of the prospects for major investment in the projects in the Far East and attracting strategic investors from the Asia-Pacific region were also discussed.

Five master classes for mining professionals were held on the first day of the Forum on 7 October. Master classes were organised by the leading experts from Intergeo, SRK Consulting, DMT, Vostochnaya Technica (Caterpillar) and Uralmekhanobr. Master classes addressed issues ranging from licensing in the mineral resources to optimisation of transportation costs.

The opening of the main program of the Forum on 8 October was preceded by an associated event -  the round table  “CURRENT ISSUES OF SUBSOIL USE IN RUSSIA IN 2014”  where senior representatives of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) met with the heads of more than 50  major subsoil users in  Russia to discuss priority issues facing the Russian mining industry . The round table was led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation - the head of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) Valery Pak and Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use Evgeny Kiselev. They reported on the measures taken by the Agency in order to improve its practice concerning subsoil users and solve problems which were discussed at the round table held at the previous MINEX forum in 2013 .

This was followed by the open discussion which resulted in a set of recommendations to be included in the MINEX Russia 2014 Memorandum.

The participants of the MINEX Russia Forum were welcomed by David Pearce, Chairman of MINEX Russia Technical Committee and the Keynote address was delivered by Valery Pak, Head of Federal Agency for Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) of the Russian Federation/ Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

In his welcome address at the beginning of the forum Paul Myler, the Australian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, noted that despite the difficult political situation, Australian companies continue to operate in the Russian mining industry.  Mr Myler stressed that more than 50% of the Australian mining equipment manufacturers and mining consulting companies are present in the Russian market  and expressed hope for further development of trade and economic relations between Russia and Australia.

Most speakers, including the Head of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use (Rosnedra), Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Valery Pak, emphasized that the rich mineral resources base of Russia has a significant impact on the economy of the country, and noted that the government is actively working to improve conditions and facilitate better performance for subsoil users in Russia.

At the six plenary sessions of the Forum 33 presentations addressing issues concerning current state and future prospects for the mining industry in Russia were delivered by prominent speakers.

One of the indicators of the industry’s development status in the current situation would be a level of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the mining industry in Russia. In his presentation Alexey Mohjarov, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) said that in 2013, FDI in the transition countries increased by 28% to 108 billion US Dollars. The main recipients were  Russia and Kazakhstan (they accounted for 82% of total FDI). Russia ranks third in the world in attracting FDI, and the UK last year became the largest investor in Russia - 23% of total FDI in the Russian Federation in 2013 came from UK.

Current classification of mineral reserves does not allow to realistically plan production levels to satisfy the needs of the national economy for mineral resources in the medium and long term.  There is also no productive dialogue between the state and subsoil users, said Igor Shpurov, General Director, Russia's State Commission on Mineral Reserves (GKZ), presenting to the Forum a project to develop new classification of reserves and resources for hard minerals.

Vasily Alexeenko, Vice President of SNL Metals and Mining, assessed prospects for the development of prospecting activities and the renewal of mineral reserves. According to the experts, if we look at the share of exploration for the past 10 years, Russia was a main place of exploration in the region until 2010 when Chinese companies took over this role. The situation changed in 2013, when Russia took the leading position again - mainly due to significant increases in the budgets of Alrosa. However, it is not clear whether this will be sustainable considering geopolitical instability between Russia, Ukraine and the West.

How to make money in spite of falling prices and complicated geopolitical situation? The answer to this question was given by the top executives from the leading Russian mining companies - Polymetal International, Nordgold, Kinross Gold Corporation and METALLOINVEST in their presentations during the 2nd plenary session - Mining Strategies - Embracing New Realities and Building for Future Growth.

Overview of future projects in the exploration, mining and processing of precious metals was presented at the Forum by executives of Rosgeologiya and gold mining companies Auriant Mining, Pavlik and North Eastern Resources. Innovative approaches to the development of copper-nickel, uranium, coal and iron ore projects were highlighted in the presentations of representatives of Amur Minerals Corporation, Uranium One, Tigers Real Coal, Evraz (project Timir) and Severstal.

Development of exploration and mining projects in the framework of a modern regulatory system in mining industry was discussed at the session, organized with the support of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. The session presented the experiences of companies Nordgold, Intergeo, IMC Montand and the Subcommittee for Subsoil Users of the Committee of Precious Metals and Precious Stones at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

The impact of economic sanctions on the ability of the mining and metallurgical companies in Russia to attract debt financing and direct investments  was discussed at the Forum by experts and leaders from the Sberbank CIB, the International Finance Corporation, Citi, Rusnano Capital, EY, WAI, American Appraisal and Behre Dolbear Capital.  Sergey Donskoy, a Senior Equity Analyst in the Societe Generale IB (Rosbank), answering the question from the audience: "What to do?”  (How can mining companies survive in the current difficult conditions in Russia), said that it was necessary to be patient and optimistic. Sergey reminded that history was cyclical, and after the recession in many emerging markets which contributed to the decline of prices of minerals they are certainly set to rise.  For example, in Australia, cost of inflation in production over the past decade has been enormous; almost half of its increase was related to the strengthening of the currency. In Russia there was no strengthening of Rouble, on the contrary, there is a weakening which should possibly help to reduce the pressure on profitability and profit margins.

During the six technical sessions of the Forum 38 papers were presented. Representatives of Russian and international companies talked about the successful work in various fields and shared their experiences with the participants of the Forum. Sessions focused on the practical experiences of managing mining projects - from the optimization and implementation of more efficient technologies at the stage of prospecting and exploration of solid minerals to reduction of transportation costs in ore processing.

Investment company Bryanston Resources CIS together with representatives of private equity funds Aterra Capital and PT Global Resources organised round table where prospects for the development of projects in the Russian Far East were discussed, which seems to be a priority for many companies participated at the Forum.  According to experts, the state has created favourable conditions for the development of the Far East, its economic growth and attracting investment to the region, including investment from the Pacific Rim countries. The state is not only aware of the need for the development of these areas, but also provides actual financial and organizational resources in order to achieve this goal.  Ministry of Development of the Far East has been created to adopt and develop legislation aimed at improving  tax and other conditions for attracting  investments in the Far East which  resulted in bringing  some  large-scale projects to the region.

Visitors of MINEX Russia Trade Exhibition  organised alongside the Forum,  had  an  opportunity to  receive  a first-hand information  about mining investment projects in Russia and see examples of  modern innovative  technology presented by equipment manufacturers, design institutes and mining and service providing companies from Russia and 15 other countries.

The exhibition also featured open Business Podiums, which included presentations from 15 exhibitors –mining  companies, service providers and equipment manufacturers. Companies presented innovative  solutions aimed at  improving efficiency in the extraction and ore processing; optimization of transport and conveyor systems for mining operations; improving the quality of risk assessment for development projects; an integrated approach in the design of the mining and metallurgical enterprises; the use of modern geographic information systems in the management of the lifecycle of the deposit; recruitment for mining companies in the current conditions, and many  more.

A number of associated events were held alongside MINEX Russia 2014. On the third day of the Forum, 9 October, Australian company MICROMINE held its third conference for software users to showcase new developments and organise practical workshop.

The 10th anniversary of MINEX Forum was celebrated at the gala dinner organised at the end of the Forum.  The laureates of the 8th Russian Mining Excellence Awards and the winners of the 3rd International Amateur Photography Contest "Miners and Mines of Russia 2014" were announced at the presentation ceremony during the gala dinner and long term partners and supporters of the Forum were presented with souvenirs to commemorate its 10th Anniversary.

Another associated event, the Helicopter Show and demonstration of helicopter technology for mining and prospecting companies was organised by the Helicopter Company "North" on the 10 October.  The show was followed by an informal reception at the Heli Club.

Full report on the MINEX Russia 2014 Forum will be published  on the website www.minexrussia / 2014.

The 11th Mining and Exploration Forum MINEX Russia 2015 will be held in Moscow  on  6-8 October  2015.


The organising committee of MINEX Russia 2014 Mining and Exploration Forum is pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd annual photo competition “Miners and Mines of Russia”.

This year the competition organisers have received an unprecedented number of applications from the Russian and International contestants. The works of the 40 finalists were presented for the open internet vote on the competition website:

The winners were awarded with the valuable prizes and honorary diplomas at the MINEX Russia Mining Awards Gala Dinner organised on 9 October 2014 at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow.

The “MINERS AND MINES OF RUSSIA 2014” photo competition winners are

Category: “My Mine” – Industrial landscape

Winner: Polina Vologina, PR Specialist, Polymetal Int (Khabarovsk)             

Photo: “Mining geometry. A played out pit”.

Category: “Mining Machinery and Technologies” – Industrial composition

Winner: Schimper Heidi-May, Consultant, Kinross Gold Corporation  

Photo: “Mining machinery and technologies. Moving towards the target”


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Category: “Caring for the Environment” – Industrial landscape or composition

Winner: Denis Borodin, Head of Communications, Severstal, Olenegorsk Mine

Photo: “All different herbs to catch nitrogen in Olcon”

Category: “Ores and Minerals” – Free genre composition

Winner: Maria Kudryavtseva, Geological engineer on operational Exploration with ʺTardan Goldʺ, Auriant Mining

Photo:  “Colours of Nature”

Category: “Proud to be a Miner” – Individual or group portrait

Winner: Elena Soboleva, Ecologist, Novoshakhtinskoye, Primorskugol, SUEK

Photo: “Future geologists”



About the competition

Miners and Mines amateur photography competition has been organised alongside the MINEX Russia Forum since 2012. The competition aims to provide an opportunity for amateur photographers to present a vivid image and diversity of miners and mines of Russia.

Goals and objectives of the competition

·       Objective presentation of the wealth of Russian mineral resources and beauty of people working in the Mining Industry

·       Creating objective image of Russian mining industry for present and future generations of miners

·       Providing an opportunity for mining companies and organisations to participate in a unique social project aimed at promoting mining profession and development of a unique platform where amateur photographers working in mining industry can express themselves

For further information please contact MINEX Russia 2014 Forum organising committee:

In London – Tel. +44 207 520 9341 or in Moscow – Tel: +7 (495) 249 49 03 or


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The winners of the 8th Russian Mining Excellence Award have been announced on 9 October 2014 at the Gala Dinner of the MINEX Russia Mining and Exploration Forum in Moscow.

The Award finalists were presented with honorary diplomas. The winners have received the handmade bronze sculpture of a Miner set on the semiprecious stone plinth and a metal plated plaque commemorating their Mining Champion Status in Russia’s most prestigious mining industry award.


EXPLORER OF THE YEAR - The Petropavlovsk Group of Companies

MINEX-14-3DayGalaDinner-43The Petropavlovsk Group of Companies is actively exploring prospective areas in the vicinity of its four operating gold mines: Pokrovskiy, Pioneer, Malomir and Albyn. 2013 was another successful year for the Group's exploration teams: the Group identified approximately 180 tonnes of new, non-refractory gold resources. During 2014, the Group continued to build on this success: of the resources identified in 2013, approximately 96 tonnes have already been classified in accordance with the JORC Code.




MINING PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Polymetal International plc

MINEX-14-3DayGalaDinner-45Polymetal International plc is the first, and so far the only, company in Russia and the CIS to use the process of pressure oxidation (POX) to recover gold from refractory ore concentrate. This technology is used at the Amursk hub (in the Khabarovsk Territory). It has enabled the development of the refractory gold ore deposits in the Far East, which until now have not been developed due to the absence of a suitable processing technology. The Amursk hub achieved its design throughput and recoveries in Q4 2013. In 1H 2014, gold production was 115 Koz (an increase of 179% compared to the same period in 2013) while the average recovery was 93%. 



MINEX-14-3DayGalaDinner-60For the investment in the Tigers Realm Coal project






HR PROJECT OF THE YEAR – Kinross Gold Corporation

MINEX-14-3DayGalaDinner-51Awarded for the establishment and development of a certified professional training centre at Kupol.  The Kupol training centre provides 39 certified core training programs and 4 skill improvement courses. A total of 357 employees completed professional training on core educational programs at the Kupol training centre in 2013. In total, 416 professional qualifications were awarded and 139 licenses to operate machinery and equipment issued. The training centre provides its input to the development of a new generation of skilled professionals for the mining industry in Russia. Learn more about the Kupol training centre at



MINEX-14-3DayGalaDinner-58Awarded to Uralkali for implementation of a number of environmental, social and infrastructure projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the region where they operate. In 2013, several significant programmes have been initiated and completed like a project to develop child and youth basketball, creation of Berezniki-Solikamsk Agglomeration Master Plan and funding for the programme of resettlement of slum housing.




MINING LEGEND – Vadim Tumanov


About the Russian Mining Excellence Awards

The Russian mining industry has much to be proud of and deserves greater recognition for its contribution of to the country’s economic growth and development of best practices in responsible management of planet’s largest wealth of natural resources. MINEX Russian Mining Excellence Award was established by the MINEX Russia Forum in 2007 with the aim to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in the Russian mining and geological industry. The Awards Criteria and Categories are themed differently every year and designed to stimulate peer-to-peer competition for the right to be nominated as Russia’s mining champion. The award has become an instant success by offering an unbiased and independent platform for highlighting success stories and awarding Russian and International companies and managers for their outstanding achievements in improving mining industry standards and practices in Russia. MINEX is Russia’s leading mining and exploration Forum and as such continues to provide the latest and most useful information to help miners become more productive. This role places MINEX Russia Forum in an excellent position to host awards that champion a safe, sustainable and more productive industry. Russian Mining Excellence Awards are open to local and international businesses operating in Russia and are run by a group of independent Awards Committee members which ensures the Award’s credibility and highest industry esteem.

8th Russian Mining Excellence Award website –

For further information please contact MINEX Russia 2014 Forum organising committee:

In London – Tel. +44 207 520 9341 or in Moscow – Tel: +7 (495) 249 49 03 or


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Technical Session "Mining investments into Russian Far East – strategic call?" will be held on October 9 in the Pushkin Hall of of the Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. The session will be moderated by Ralph Nowak, Bryanston CIS, Managing Director.

Panel topics:
1. Introduction – is the Russian Far East a potentially attractive investment region?
2. International perspective – how do large international mining companies look at this region and how do they manage investments currently?
3. Work in progress – what are the challenges and realized opportunities Russian companies experience during their investment projects in the Russian Far East?
4. Lessons learned – what are opportunities to finance mining projects in this region?
5. Setting the stage – how can the Russian State actively supporting mining deposits’ and infrastructure development in the Russian Far East


Boris Granovsky, Aterra Capital, Managing, Partner

Kirill Kozenyashev, Director for Mining, Business Development, RT-Global Resources


Helicopter Company Sever LLC cordially invite you to an event, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary Mining Forum MINEX 2014 closing.

The Event program includes:

18:00- 20:00
  • Display and test drive of Airbus, Bell, Agusta Westland, Robinson helicopters
20:00- 21:00
  • Speech of general directors of Heli Club and Helicopter Company Sever;
  • Presentation of the new concept: Ural, Siberia, Far East federal districts Integrated
  • Helicopter Systems for mining enterprises;
  • Presentation of fundamentally new space radio-locating facility construction;
21:00- 24:00
  • Heli Club acquaintance;
  • Cocktails and entertainment

Helicopter company Sever event takes place on Friday, the 10th of October from 6 p.m. until midnight, Heli Club, 30th km Novorizhskoe shosse (аir taxi service).

RSVP before October 6th to

  • Your name;
  • The company represented;
  • Сontact information for the pass.

tel: +7 (495) 744 75 38, fax: +7 (495) 744 75 39
web:; e-mail:


The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation congratulates MINEX Russia Mining and Exploration Forum on its 10th Jubilee


«On behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, I would like to welcome all participants and guests of the International Mining and Exploration Forum MINEX Russia 2014 which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. 

Russian mining sector consists of a variety of businesses spanning from exploration, extraction to processing of minerals. This sector determines the economic and social development of the country and makes a real contribution to the build-up of its foreign exchange reserves. Therefore, one of the main tasks of the state in today’s difficult economic conditions is to ensure balanced development and efficiency of the mining industry.

I am confident that the Forum will deal with the issues related to the future activities of the mining community, and stress out the importance of improving efficiency of the Russian mineral resources sector. I believe you will have the opportunity to share a wealth of experience in organising such activities, designed to have a positive impact on the economy of our country.

I wish all the participants and guests of the mining forum and exhibition a lot of interesting meetings, new business contacts and creative achievements!

Denis Khramov
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation
September 28, 2014


Plenary Session "Impact of mining on sustaining social and economic regional development" will be held on October 9 in the Main Conference Hall of of the Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. The session will be moderated by Ekaterina Vershinina, Director, Head of Environmental Department, SRK Consulting (Russia) Limited.

Sergey Baykalov, Managing Director Tardan Gold, Auriant Mining, will make a presentation "The contribution of mining companies in the socio-economic development of the regions (example of the Republic of Tuva)".

Alexandra Masaitis, Research Assistant, Co - Investigator on a “Good Neighbour Agreement” project for the Newmont Mining Corporation, Nevada, USA., University of Nevada, USA, will tell about "Reduction of Conflicts in Mining Development Using “Good Neighbour Agreements”. Conflicts between mining companies and communities are now prevalent in many countries of the world, both developed and developing. These conflicts have often resulted in delays of mine project development as well as adverse effects to the communities. Reduction of those conflicts has been shown to be best accomplished by good communication, transparency and a willingness to each of the parties to both understand the positions of other participants, but also a willingness to compromise. One of the types of agreements that have shown success is termed a “Good Neighbor Agreement”, or GNA. In this case, an agreement is negotiated where good communication and frequent meetings are required, and the resulting agreement has sufficient penalties that if any of the signatories to the agreement fail to abide by that agreement, those penalties will be imposed. This process is often complicated, but ultimately has the potential to reduce threats of appeals or legal action, but at the same time may require elimination of certain practices. It also requires a commitment to see this process through to the reclamation phase and long term stabilization of the environment and the economies of the affected communities.

Gleb Kuznetsov, Director, Petropavlovsk Foundation for Support of Socially-Oriented Projects and Programmes, will make a report "A new social contract for the mining industry". Over the past years Russian mining companies have changed several approaches to social responsibility, from the Soviet to the Western approach. Under the Soviet approach, social responsibility had been an essential part of a company’s activity along with exploration or analytics. Mining companies performed city-forming role, with whole range of social infrastructure on their balance sheet. In the 1990s there this principle collapsed, Russian mining companies completely or partially abandoned the social infrastructure. Social responsibility for businesses has become a voluntary decision; it became necessary mainly for building relations with the authorities. Companies that started trading publicly had to learn the concept of sustainability as it became the required norm to conform to Western standards (to present company for investors and increase it’s capitalization). Now comes the moment not to deny, but to combine approaches to social responsibility . Synthesis of approaches can be carried out in the form of formal social contract. Formalized and clear requirements will create transparent working environment, thus allowing company to devote most of the time to the direct activity and thereby contribute the development of the territory.

Vera Pomortseva, Head of unit at Government Relations Department, Uralkali, will make a presentation "Social responsibility as a basis for sustainable development of the company".


Plenary Session "Mine design, operation and infrastructure development challenges and solutions" will be held on October 9 in the Main Conference Hall of of the Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. The session will be moderated by Rod Cave, CRU, Regional Director, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Roman Menkin, Deputy General Director, LLC "TOMS Engineering", will make a presentation "TOMS experience in the integrated development of mining projects".

Pavel Lykov, Business Development Director (Russia & CIS), RungePincockMinarco Limited, will make a report "Using simulation as a tool to eliminate uncertainties when scheduling the mine". Why planned and actual mining production rates are different? Three pillars of mine planning: mine design, mine scheduling and simulation. Assumptions are used when equipment utilization is being planned which results in inaccurate mine schedule. Simulation is technique used by many industries to model real life and hypothetical situations. Value of simulation in planned mine context - fleet demands definition haulage network optimization, eliminating uncertainties when planning. Value of simulation in operating mine context - quickly find efficiencies and make changes to improve the productivity of your existing fleet as well as test scenarios using new equipment without disrupting production or any capital expenditure.

Rod Cave, Regional Director, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, CRU, will tell about "Infrastructure and Mining Development - International Case Studies with a Discussion of Russia's potential". Rail construction or capacity development, particularly somewhere like Siberia, not only makes projects viable, but engenders new exploration and the creation of net new projects that are predictable over time using a statistical tool set and knowledge of mining exploration history and practice. The presentation will discuss the approach and concrete examples from Australia, Canada, Latin American with possible implications of these cases for Russia or Kazakhstan.

Yuri Fedorov, The Director of the X-ray Radiometric Separation Technology Center, Irgiredmet, will make a presentation "Managing ore grade is reality.

Dmitriy Budaev, Project manager, Thermo Techno LLC, will make a presentation "Automated analytical control systems for non-ferrous processing plants". Sampling and assaying size involve hundred thousand samples annually for many modern plants. Sample prep and assays of many samples need automated systems of analytical control (ASAC). Ideally, full ASAC covers all stages of sampling and assaying, like sampling, homogenization, splitting, sample transfer, sample preparation, multi-element spectral assay, analytical data transfer to plant MES system through LIMS. ASAC may be implemented for traditionally plant “bottle-necks” solutions like metal balance calculation, QA/QC of processing, QA/QC of plant products. Automated fire assay may be profitable for gold plants with high assays numbers. The main point is to delete cupellation stage from assay, decreasing assay time, operation and capital expanses, staff size; and replace traditional assays like gravimetric and AA by OES assay of led buttons.

Vadim Minin, Head of Mines Ventilation Department, "Uralmekhanobr", will tell about "The experience of "Uralmekhanobr" in minimising the risk of accidents in the design and operation of mines".


Technical Session "Extracting more for less through increased productivity. New technologies and equipment" will be held on October 9 in the Main Conference Hall of of the Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. The session will be moderated by Mike Hallewell, Business Development Manager, SGS Minerals Services UK Ltd.

Evgeny Bogorodsky, Hydrometallurgy Lab Researcher, Irgiredmet JSC, will make a report "Complex treatment of refractory gold antimony and gold sulfide ores. Case study of deposit Udereiskoye".

Thomas Neumann, Head of Sales Mining Europe, ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH, will tell about "CONTI(R) Megapipe - new dimension in pipe belt technology". New ways of steep angle conveying transport in open pit and other mines.

Mark Viduetsky, Advisor to the Director - Head of Training Research and Innovation Center "Preparation of raw materials to the metallurgical process", Institute of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Ural Federal University, will make a presentation "Application of pneumatic flotation machines CFM for dressing non-ferrous metals and zinc cakes". CFM pneumatic flotation machines were developed by the Institute of Materials Science and Metallurgy, UrFU, and designed to concentrate a wide range of ores and man-made materials. A key principle of work is pulp preparation for flotation owing to its saturation with finely dispersed air bubbles in ejectors. CFM plants, their advantages over domestic and foreign prototypes are described. 

Anton Timchenko, Chief Commercial Officer, Engineering Complect Co Ltd, will make a report "Technological and energy audits of concentration plants as a way to reduce transaction costs". The report examines the issues of energy inspection and assessment of existing pump units of concentration plants (as one of the most energy-intensive areas of the enterprise) in terms of energy efficiency and reliability.

Alexey Fateev, Head of Customization Department, Dassault Systemes GEOVIA RUS LLC, will tell about "Opportunities of information systems integration in mining".

Maria Moshkova, Executive manager, "STC "MinStandards" Ltd. Group of Companies “ANAKON”, will make a presentation "Comparative analysis equipment used in Russian and international practice in the preparation and analysis of samples in exploration and mining". Worldwide in mining are used automatic system selection, preparation and subsequent analysis of the samples, including large-for technological research. In Russia, the use of automated systems is limited to a few companies. Despite the relatively high cost of such systems, they pay for themselves many times during the operation of the mine. Automated systems are operated in Australia for iron and gold ore deposits "RIO TINTO", in the company of "Alcoa Inc" (Australia) runs the fastest automated system in the world. Automated systems are installed in all fields "Newmont Mining Corp", fields "Barrick Gold Corporation". The Chilean mining industry is almost completely switched to automatic sampling systems. The use of such systems can improve the efficiency of testing, to reduce the concentration of harmful substances in the air of the working area and pollution.


Technical Session "Improving the efficiency and quality of exploration" will be held on October 9 in the Main Conference Hall of of the Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. The session will be moderated by Mikhail Tsypukov, SRK Exploration Services, Principal Geologist.

Mikhail Tsypukov, Principal Geologist, SRK Exploration Services, will make a presentation "The Discovery of Mineral Deposits in the XXI Century – Tracking Successful Practices". The presentation will consider successful exploration practices and countries associated with the discovery of mineral deposits in the last 10 years, as well as current approaches leading to new discoveries.

Elena Nikitenko, Chief of Sample Preparation, Matrosov Mine, Polyus Gold Company, will tell about "Improving the efficiency and quality of the exploration of objects with low-grade gold on the example of the Natalka deposit". For calculation of stocks and estimations of economic efficiency gold objects at prospecting works serve as a basis the given definitions of con-tents of gold in prospecting sample. Therefore, delimitation depends on quality and reliability of results of the analysis of sample mineralization and geometrization of bowels at calculation of stocks of gold. Definition of contours industrial mineralization according to approbation is the most actual for the objects which are not having precise geological borders. Improvement of quality and reliability of definition of contents of gold in sample probably due to new methods. One of them is preparation of sample to fire assay with preliminary gravitational concentration gold.The way is realized on Natalka deposit, which is characterized by low contents of gold. Mikhail EvtushenkoDirector, STC "Magnetic fluid", will follow the previous presentation.

Alexander Prikhodko, Manager of Data Interpretation, Geotech Ltd., Canada, will tell about "Modern airborne geophysical electromagnetic technologies for exploration".

Pavel Babayants, Chief Geophysist, Aerogeophysica Inc, will make a report "Application of modern airborne geophysical technologies for improving forecasting and exploration works".

Vyacheslav Skirda, Chief Geologist Tardan Gold, Auriant Mining, will make a presentation "Increase of Tardan resources as a result of valuation of new Tardan ore field deposits". 

Andrey Tarasov, First Deputy Director, CJSC "MC "Petropavlovsk", will tell about "Identifying and developing new exploration targets in Russia's Far East - Petropavlovsk experience".

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