Polymetal International Plc

SRK Consulting



Rio Tinto

Wardell Armstrong Group (WAI)



DMT GmbH & Co. KG

IMC Montan

Gold 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.


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 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 1,400 professionals in 45 permanent offices in 20 countries on six continents.

In 2010 SRK Consulting opened its office in Almaty. Opening of the office in Kazakhstan has allowed SRK Consulting to provide its excellent quality technical solutions with consideration of the existing national 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 exploration, JORC Compliance, due diligencefeasibility studies and confidential internal reviews.


Corporate Sponsor

ORBIZ – Who we are

ORBIZ is founded on the principles of positive ongoing change – “The Virtuous Circle” a concept that defines our core ethos at ORBIZ Performance Specialists.

We are a team of Experienced and Dynamic Lean Management consultants driven by a passion to deliver strategic performance improvement outcomes in business operations and financial metrics across sectors, geographies and organisational types.

Our name is inspired by the Orb, an ensemble of circles - of excellence, influence, diffusion and change.

The ORBIZ Promise

“At ORBIZ, we pride ourselves on consistently delivering to this promise by embracing our clients’ imperatives, embedding the best people who spread a high performance culture, and implementing efficient processes that eliminate waste and enhance quality to produce targeted results.

Typical outcomes include reduction in costs and increases in capacity and utilisation, throughput, revenue, profitability and customer value.

“High performance outcomes, enabled by simplified processes, engineered by committed people and inspired by a powerful purpose – in a continuous improvement circle”


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.


Session Sponsor

Seequent enables better decisions about earth, environment and energy challenges.

Seequent’s solutions transform complex data into clear geological understanding. Stakeholders use this understanding to confidently make critical time-sensitive investment and environmental decisions. These decisions bring meaning, extract value, and reduce risk, cost and time.

The company is known worldwide as the developer of the revolutionary Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling software, now used in over 90 countries.

Seequent’s technology contributes to projects in a wide range of industries, including mining and minerals, geothermal and renewable energy, civil engineering and environmental.

Seequent’s global footprint includes its Christchurch-based HQ and R&D centre, and a network of offices across Asia/Pacific, Africa, South America, North America and Europe.

For more on Seequent see www.seequent.com; Twitter: @seequentglobal
For more on Leapfrog visit www.leapfrog3d.com; Twitter: @Leapfrog3D

Seequent RUSSIA&CIS office: tel. +7(495)6462122, email: dme.office@seequent.com


MineTech Sponsor

Kazzinc is a major fully integrated zinc producer with considerable copper, precious metals and lead credits. Kazzinc’s core operations are in East-Kazakhstan, Akmola and Karagandy regions of Kazakhstan.
The company was established in 1997 through the merger of East Kazakhstan's three main non-ferrous metal companies: Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead and Zinc Complex, Leninogorsk Polymetallic Complex and Zyryanovsk Lead Complex. All three producers were majority-owned by the Government of Kazakhstan. The controlling block of shares in Kazzinc has been sold to the private sector and Glencore International AG became the company's main investor.
In the years since its creation, Kazzinc has significantly increased production capacity and output. The company continues to develop seeking to gain its stable position among the world's top five zinc producers with the lowest production cost.
Kazzinc developed and introduced the integrated quality, HSE and energy management systems covering the complete non-ferrous metals production cycle: from ore mining to ore treatment with production of refined metals; ancillary facilities supporting the production processes and providing infrastructure, transportation, resources, as well as waste disposal capabilities.
Kazzinc follows a trajectory of social development of the towns where its operations are located, invests worthy causes and actively introduces innovative technologies to become one of digital leaders in Kazakhstan.

Adress: 1, Promyshlennaya Street, 070002 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Republic of Kazakhstan
tel. +7 (7232) 291001
fax. +7 (7232) 291355
e-mail: kazzinc@kazzinc.com


Bronze Sponsor

DMT GmbH & Co. KG is an independent engineering and consulting company active all around the world. The firm’s activities focus on the fields of mining engineering, natural resources exploration, construction and infrastructure projects, safety in buildings, product testing and measurement instrumentation in industrial settings and cokemaking technology.

DMT provides consultancy services and assistance which are tailored specifically to the clients’ needs. It also provides impartial assessment or in the following six business units:

– International Mining Consulting
– Exploration & Geosurvey
– Geo Engineering
– Cokemaking Technology
– Industry Systems
– Building Safety

We provide multi-disciplinary engineering services to assist mining and exploration/development companies at all stages of the mining life-cycle, from the initial exploration stage, onwards. DMT´s joint-venture subsidiary IMC Montan is the leading consultancy, representing group´s interest and competence for over 20 years in cooperation with mining companies and investors in Russia and CIS countries.


Bronze Sponsor

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

IMC Montan has been successfully operating in Russia and the CIS since 1992. Since then the Company has implemented over 500 projects for mining companies, investors and banks.

Today the Company is a recognized technical consultant and sector expert; its opinion is respected by analytical agencies, audit and valuation companies, financial institutions, mining companies and Russian state authorities.

The range of the Company’s consulting services covers all solid mineral deposits and a full cycle of the mine life.

The main areas of the Company’s services include mining and geological audit compliant with international standards, technical and technological consulting, investment feasibility studies, improvement of labour productivity, optimisation of production processes, and engineering services.