Sponsors & Partners

  1. SRK Consulting
  2. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC
  3. Kazakhmys PLC
  5. Polymetal
  6. ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.
  7. Kazakhaltyn
  8. Rio Tinto
  9. Uranium One
  10. Wardell Armstrong
  11. Bateman Engineering N.V.
  12. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  13. IMC Montan
  1. Marsh Consulting
  2. Micromine
  3. Mincom
  4. American Appraisal
  5. Environmental Resources Management
  6. Stewart Group Global
  7. Cameco
  8. Nukem
  9. Tau-Ken Samruk
  10. Kazakh-British Chamber of Commerce
  11. АГМП
  12. NBLgold
  13. Eurasia Capital

Lead Sponsor

SRK Consulting

“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.

Established in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974 by three talented and enterprising consultants, the company has not only grown to nearly 900 staff in 2009, but has also spread its global presence to 37 offices in 16 countries. And the growth will not stop there. The company plans to continue to expand its skills base and range of services in several jurisdictions.


Gold Sponsors


ENRC is a leading diversified natural resources group, performing integrated mining, processing, energy, logistics and marketing operations.

The Group’s assets are mostly located in the Republic of Kazakhstan and comprise: Kazchrome, Zhairem GOK, Serov Group, SSGPO, Aluminium of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Aluminium Smelter (KAS), Eurasian Energy Corporation (EEC), ENRC Logistics and ENRC Sales & Marketing. ENRC also owns a 50% interest in Bahia Minerals BV (BML), an exploratory iron ore mining project in Brazil, and a 50% stake in the Xinjiang Tuoli Taihang Ferroalloy Company in China (Tuoli). In September 2009 ENRC acquired Central African Mining and Exploration Company (CAMEC). CAMEC’s assets are located in Africa and include cobalt and copper operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, development projects in coal, bauxite, platinum, fluorspar; integrated trucking and logistics business.

In 2008, the Group accounted for approximately 5 per cent. of Kazakhstan’s GDP. ENRC’s entities, in the first-half of 2009, employed approximately 64,160 people. For the half-year ended 30 June 2009, ENRC had revenue of US$1,695 million (2008: US$3,442 million) and profit attributable to equity shareholders of the Group of US$553 million (2008: US$1,343 million). ENRC is a FTSE 100 company.



Kazakhmys PLC is an international natural resources company, listed in the UK, with its principal operations in Kazakhstan and the surrounding region. The core business is the production and sale of copper. Kazakhmys is fully integrated from mining ore through to the production of finished metal. The copper division also produces significant volumes of other metals as by-products, including zinc, silver and gold.

Kazakhmys is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and in the top ten worldwide. The copper division has operating sites across Kazakhstan with 20 open pit and underground mines, 10 concentrators, a zinc plant and two smelting and refining complexes. The Group owns coal mines and power plants, which supply sufficient energy for its operations and market excess capacity commercially.



Kazatomprom is the national operator of the Republic of Kazakhstan for export of uranium and its compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special purpose equipment, technologies and double-use materials. The main activities of the company are: geological exploration, uranium production, manufacture of nuclear fuel cycle products, reactor construction, nuclear power plants, production of construction materials, the electric energy sector, scientific support of production and social welfare and training of personnel. Today Kazatomprom has more than 26,000 employees and is amongst the leading uranium production companies in the world.



Polymetal aims to become the leading precious metals mining Group in Russia and the CIS through sustainable long-term growth and superior returns on invested capital.

We aspire to create value for all stakeholders through a three pronged strategy.
We seek to:
→ invest in existing assets to extend mine life and improve production efficiencies
→ create centralized processing facilities to benefit from increase economies of scale
→ pursue regional exploration campaigns to identify the next generation of producing assets
→ By 2012, Polymetal aims to increase gold production by over 100% to 630 Koz and to increase silver production by over 50% to 25.6 Moz.
→ Gold reserves are expected to increase by 100% to 8 Moz and silver reserves are expected to reach 600 Moz an 50% increase by 2011.



ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. (ARMZ), AKA Atomredmetzoloto, is currently ranked as the world’s second largest uranium mining company by resource base and is the fifth biggest global producer in terms of uranium output. ARMZ supplies strategic feedstock to the Russian nuclear industry, having produced 3687 tons of uranium in Russia and Kazakhstan in 2008. As of January 1, 2008, ARMZ’s uranium reserves and resources amounted to 538 013 tons of uranium, which has secured us the second place among global primary uranium producers.

ARMZ is part of Rosatom – the Russian State Corporation controlling the nation’s nuclear activities. ARMZ – together with its affiliates and subsidiaries – employs over 14 thousand people.

Founded in 1992, ARMZ is the successor of the world’s largest uranium production complex built by the Soviet Union. All uranium mines in Russia, as well as a number of uranium joint ventures in the former USSR and abroad, were brought together under ARMZ in 2008, after the restructuring of Russia’s nuclear industry had been completed.


«MMC Kazakhaltyn»-JSC is one of the oldest companies in the gold mining industry of Kazakhstan famous with its achievements in mining and processing of gold bearing ores. The company’s history takes back to 1932 when gold ore deposits were discovered in the Northern part of Kazakhstan. The company aims at producing an efficient and competitive production of gold, able to comply with a modern company requirements with effective model of management.

In August of 2009 the key shareholder of the company became «PolyusGold”- OJSC which is the biggest gold mining company in Russia. Over the last two years the company`s share in the overall Kazakhstan`s gold production amounts to 15- 20%. In 2010 MMC Kazakhaltyn JSC is planning to increase the production at the existing mines and launch new projects with respect to long term development of the company.


Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed public company headquartered in the UK, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, with executive offices in Melbourne.

The two companies are joined in a dual listed companies (DLC) structure as a single economic entity, called the Rio Tinto Group.

The Group finds, mines and processes the earth’s mineral resources – metals and minerals essential for making thousands of everyday products that meet society’s needs and contribute to improved living standards.

The Group’s major products include aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy products, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide, salt and talc), and iron ore. Its activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America. There are also significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.


Rio Tinto

Silver Sponsors

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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 China 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.


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Bateman Engineering Russia B.V. is an affiliate of a Netherland-based company, incorporated in “Bateman Engineering Projects” Group of Companies, which provide services in engineering design of plants on minerals processing and metals production as well as construction of industrial facilities on a worldwide basis. The spectrum of services provided by the Company includes: engineering services, specialist equipment supply, small and medium size projects and large scale project capability on EPC and EPCM contract basis

Bateman has been active in Russia and the CIS since 1994.

In 2008 aiming at realization of strategic offering to our clients in a challenging global environment where economic value and cost are at the forefront of business planners’ minds, joint venture BATEMAN BEIJING AXIS was established. The key is to exploit low cost country sourcing advantages whilst mitigating the associated risks, managing quality and protecting lead times.
Along with proprietory unit, focused in engineering and supply of specialized processing equipment – Bateman Engineered Technologies (BET), Bateman Group of Companies incorporates The Delkor Group, recognized leader in the supply of solid / liquid separation equipment with more than 30 years of design, engineering and supply into mineral and chemical processing applications.


PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 155,000 people in 153 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

PricewaterhouseCoopers came to Kazakhstan 16 years ago and currently has more than 300 staff in two fully operating offices in Almaty and Astana. PricewaterhouseCoopers enjoys an unrivalled presence in the region, with offices in Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Yerevan (Armenia), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The client base has grown along with PwC and covers all sectors of the economy, including energy, financial services, consumer and industrial products, telecommunications and services.


IMC Montan
IMC Montan is an international mining consultancy that is a merger of group of companies Deutsche Montan Technologie GmbH (DMT), Germany, IMC Group Consulting Limited (IMCGCL), UK and engineering group White Young Green Plc (WYG), UK. The company has a staff of international and Russian experts in the area of mining and processing of minerals, mine infrastructure etc. IMC Montan implements projects in the following areas: design of company development projects and programs; preparation of competent person and mineral expert’s reports; due diligence; financial analysis; justification of investments, technical support etc. IMC Montan has a unique professional experience combining the best international practice with our thorough understanding of the Russian mining sector. The company-participants of IMC Montan consortium have experience of assignments practically in every type of minerals worldwide. Amongst our Russian clients are large mining companies including: Evraz Group, SUEC, Metalloinvest, NLMK and many others. Our international clients include many well known companies such as Xstrata, Kazakhmys, Mittal Steel, Rio Tinto, Mitsui, OKD, Samsung, Tata Group, Cambrian, ICL and AES, as well as many others with an interest in the mining industry in Russia and other CIS countries. Since being established in CIS in 1992 our company has implemented over 150 projects in the area of mining and processing different minerals. The company-participants of IMC Montan consortium together have more than 3,000 staff and a turnover in excess of 250 m Euro.


With clients on every continent and 70% of sales derived from overseas markets, Micromine is the leader in providing innovative software solutions to the mining and exploration industry.

We are the only mining software company that provides solutions for the entire mining life cycle, ranging from exploration and mine design to underground and surface mining.

Established over twenty years ago, the strength of Micromine’s reputation and continued success can be directly attributed to our award winning software, world-class programming expertise and ability to meet the demands of a challenging and variable world market.

Micromine services over 12,000 clients in more than 90 countries worldwide. We have offices in 16 of the world’s largest mineral producing countries and are in the process of further expansion.

Our local teams are proficient in a number of relevant, local languages. Versions of our products are available in four languages, including English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.


Mincom Pty Ltd is a global software and services provider with 30 years of experience in providing business solutions to asset intensive industries such as mining, energy, public infrastructure, defense, and oil and gas in more than 40 countries across North America, South America, Australia, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Mincom Inc. operates in North America and is a subsidiary of Mincom Pty Ltd. Mincom is owned by Francisco Partners, a leading global private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses.


Session Sponsors

American Appraisal
American Appraisal, the world’s only truly glocal valuation firm™ is a leading valuation and related services firm that provides expertise in all classifications of tangible and intangible assets. It is comprised of more than 900 employees, operating from major financial cities throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and South America.

We are independent. American Appraisal limits its practice to valuation and related services. It’s all we do. We are not auditors, brokers or agents. We are an employee-owned firm with no agenda other than meeting our clients’ unique needs.

American Appraisal is a truly unique resource. We invite you to invest a few minutes exploring our web site in order to discover how we can be of assistance to you in the achievement of your objectives.


Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is the world’s largest environmental consulting company operating from 1971. ERM has 137 offices in 39 countries, employ over 3,300 staff and have an annual turnover of over US$600 million. Over the past 5 years ERM has worked with more than 60% the Global Fortune 500 companies.

ERM has worked extensively in Kazakhstan and other countries in the Eurasia Region for more than 15 years. ERM has two permanent offices in Kazakhstan – in Almaty and in Atyrau – and holds Licenses from the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Environmental Protection to conduct environmental consultancy, prepare EIAs, conduct environmental audits in accordance with Kazakhstan legal requirements.

Marsh is the world’s leading risk management specialist. Through Marsh, your organisation has access to a team with market leading skills, experience and deliverables developed with clients of all sizes and industry sectors. We offer independent advice from a team with a blend of business management, insurance, accounting and risk financing skills. Our specialist knowledge of all main classes of insurance and our access to the network of all leading insurers often results in clients receiving clear insurable benefits from our advice and risk management intervention. Our people are active members of professional bodies, are multilingual and have developed unique, industry‐leading tools and techniques.

Lunch Sponsors

Uranium One
Uranium One Inc. is a Canadian-based uranium producing company with a primary listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (the Johannesburg stock exchange). The Corporation has a 70% interest in a Joint Venture in Kazakhstan that owns the Akdala Uranium Mine, which is currently in operation and the South Inkai Uranium Project, which commenced pre-commercial production in 2007.
The Corporation also has a 30% interest in a Joint Venture in Kazakhstan that is developing the Kharasan Uranium Project. In the United States, the Corporation has applied for a licence to construct and operate an ISR facility at Moore Ranch in the Powder River Basin and at JAB/Antelope in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming. In addition, Uranium One owns the Dominion Uranium Project in South Africa and the Hobson – La Palangana ISR project in Texas.


Coffee Break Sponsors

Stewart Group
We are global in our core activities relating to the inspection and analysis of metals, minerals, ores, solid fuels and recycling scrap, and the provision of geochemical services to the mining and exploration industry. Our valued client base includes private and public sector organisations, trading companies, producers, end users and consumers.

Providing the highest quality service to you drives all of our activity. Innovation and delivery are the values upon which our growth and success has been based. Founded in 1978, we now operate a network of offices and laboratories worldwide. Following an MBO in 2006, we have invested heavily in our infrastructure and capacity, adding new sites and testing facilities as well as expanding existing laboratories and installing industry leading technology throughout all our processes.

We know that our future success depends on listening to your needs and providing bespoke, flexible solutions that exceed your expectations. We are committed to this philosophy and, as we expand our commercial assay capability and geochemical services, we will continue to evolve our services and operations to match the changing demands of our dynamic industry.


Drinks Sponsor

Cameco is one of the world’s largest uranium producers, accounting for 15% of world production from its mines in Canada and the US. Our leading position is backed by about 500 million pounds of proven and probable reserves. Cameco holds premier land positions in the world’s most promising areas for new uranium discoveries in Canada and Australia as part of an intensive global exploration program.

Cameco is also a leading provider of processing services required to produce fuel for nuclear power plants, and generates 1,000 MW of clean electricity through a partnership in North America’s largest nuclear generating station located in Ontario, Canada.


Since its founding in 1982, NUKEM Inc., together with its Alzenau, Germany-based parent, NUKEM GmbH, has transitioned from playing a modest role in uranium brokerage to becoming one of the world’s largest intermediaries in the international nuclear fuel market. NUKEM consistently ranks as one of the top five providers of uranium to nuclear power plants worldwide, one of the major suppliers to the uranium spot market, and a global trader not just of uranium but of conversion and enrichment services as well.

NUKEM sources its products primarily (but not exclusively) in the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union, referred to as the Commonwealth of Independent States or CIS. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut since 1999, NUKEM markets nuclear fuel components to utilities in North and South America, Western Europe and the Far East.


Regional Partners

Tau-Ken Samruk

Tau Ken Samruk is the holding company for the Kazakh government’s stakes in some of the country’s largest metals and mining companies.

Kazakhstan mining witnessed widespread technological upgrades in recent years. This was further fuelled in recent years by spiralling international metal prices, rapidly expanding demand from China and India, and streamlined procedures for obtaining permits and foreign investment. The country’s current reserve of copper is estimated at 36mn tonnes. Further, it ranks second globally in manganese ore reserve, estimated at 600mn tonnes. Kazakhstan also hosts 30% of the worldwide chromite ore deposits, as well as 95% of the total chromium reserves within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).



Kazakh-British Chamber of Commerce (“KBCC”) is a primary business association created with the support of Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the UK and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan to promote Kazakh-British trade and investment by helping UK and Kazakh members of the Chamber to establish new and develop existing business relationships in both countries with a particular focus on developing exporting capabilities of the SME segment.


The Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises
The Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises was established in Kazakhstan in 2005 by the group of local mining companies. The Association currently has over 50 member-organizations whose joint production output exceeds 25% of Kazakhstan’s GDP. Members of the Association employ over 300 000 people. The largest members are Bogatyr Access Komir LLP, Corporation “Kazakhmys”, “ArcelorMittal Temirtau”, JSC “Ust-Kamenegorsk Titan-Magnesium Combine”, ENRC, “GRK Kazakhstan Nickel” LLP, JSC “Altynalmas”, JSC “Maikainzoloto”, JSC “Kazatomprom”" and others.

The Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises is recognized by the majority of Governmental Bodies and Ministries. It takes part in Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Committee meetings. Representatives of the Association actively participate in the discussion of new legislation acts which concern extracting industries and contribute to the decision making process.

The Association publishes specialized Mining Journal and hosts website www.agmp.kz.

NBL Gold
NBLgold is a family of engineering companies with one UK-based and three Russia- based companies with totally about 100 employees, including geologists, geotechnical, mining and mineral processing engineers, as well as engineers of other related disciplines, environmental scientists, mineral economists and mineral commodity market analysts, with over 15 years of continuous experience in Russian and international engineering studies. Work is carried out to the highest standards. Our staff includes members of the Expert Council of GKZ (the Russian State Commission on Mineral Reserves); many also have international professional accreditation.

NBLgold provides a broad range of mining engineering, geotechnical, geological and corporate consulting services to exploration and mining companies and to financial services institutions, working globally, but specifically focusing on countries of the former Soviet Union.

Today, NBLgold undertakes work for a range of Russian and international clients, on gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, base metals, radioactive elements, ferrous metals and other minerals, in Russia, other FSU republics and Mongolia, as well as other countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. From 1995 NBLgold has collaborated closely with established international consulting and engineering groups, in order achieve synergies of scale and technology in such projects.


Eurasia Capital

Eurasia Capital, a Hong Kong-based pan-regional investment bank with focus on China, Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia. As one of the region’s leading investment banks, Eurasia Capital provides cross border M&A advisory, capital raising, sales & trading and research services. Capital raising include IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements and depositary receipts programs.

Eurasia Capital offers its services to its international and regional clients including government organizations, sovereign wealth funds, private equity groups and global portfolio investors, with major emphasis on energy and resource sector, including key commodities like gold, copper, coal, uranium, iron ore, oil and gas.