Golg Sponsor

Polymetal International is one of the world’s largest producers of primary silver and second largest gold mining company in Russia. The Company’s production and exploration facilities in Russia span across four regions - Magadan, Chukotka, Khabarovsk and Sverdlovsk. The company also has substantial operations in Kazakhstan, as well as Armenia.

Polymetal International carries out full range of deposit development, from initial exploration all the way to production. One of the key elements of the Company’s strategy is to establish large processing hubs, positioning the extractive operations around them in order to maximise staff and cost efficiencies, and to optimise return on investment.

In November 2011, Polymetal International was the first Russian gold miner to complete a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: POLY).

Polymetal has operated in Kazakhstan since the fourth quarter of 2009, when the Company acquired Varvara gold and silver deposit in the Kostanay region. The facility, which includes processing and gold recovery plants, has a capacity of 4.2 Mtpa. Varvara’s output consists of gold-copper concentrate and gold-bearing alloy.

In September 2014, Polymetal International completed the acquisition of the Kyzyl gold project in north-eastern Kazakhstan. The Kyzyl Project includes Bakyrchik, one of the largest gold deposits in Kazakhstan. The first concentrate is expected in the second half of 2018.

In 2016, Polymetal acquired the Komarovskoye deposit in Kostanay region of Kazakhstan. This project complements the Varvara hub by adding to its raw materials base, reducing costs and extending its operational life.


Golg 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 clients are most of the world’s major and medium-sized mining houses, exploration companies, banks, audit firms and government departments.

Formed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974, SRK now employs over 1,500 professionals in 50 permanent offices in 22 countries on six continents.

In 2009 SRK Consulting opened its office in Moscow. Opening of the office in Russia has allowed SRK Consulting to provide its excellent quality technical solutions in Russian and with consideration of the existing Russian legislation in the sphere of subsoil use.

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 diligencefeasibility studies and confidential internal reviews.


Silver Sponsor

Founded in Western Australia in 1986, MICROMINE is an independent provider of intuitive software solutions to the mining and exploration industry. From capturing, managing, visualising and understanding data to controlling and reporting on mine production, MICROMINE has a solution. MICROMINE is the only provider of solutions relevant to every stage of the mining process.

Flexible, reliable and secure, MICROMINE’s Geobank software is the ideal data management solution for the resource industry. Geobank Mobile is a ground-breaking field logging solution that enables geological field data to be collected and manipulated accurately with real-time validation.

Micromine software is a comprehensive and easy-to-use exploration and mine design solution, which offers integrated tools for modelling, estimation, design, optimisation and scheduling.

Pitram is a fleet management and mine control solution that records, manages and processes mine site data in real-time. As a scalable solution, it is suitable for underground and surface mine construction, development and production.


Silver Sponsor

Rio Tinto is one of the world leaders in the exploration, development and mining sector. We have a long and proud history of developing global mineral assets based on the quality of opportunity not constrained by the commodity or location.

Rio Tinto has been active in Kazakhstan for more than 12 years pursuing opportunities in the field of exploration and business development. We are currently implementing two greenfield exploration projects in Kazakhstan and pursuing further partnerships in exploration for copper with local and international companies as well as the government of Kazakhstan through the Ministry of Investments and Development.


Silver 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.