Bryan Cave LLP Bryanston Resources Fugro
IMC Montan KPMG Metso Minerals (CIS)
Polymetal International Plc RUSBURMASH SRK Consulting
Wardell Armstrong Group (WAI)

Gold Sponsors


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 1,600 professionals in 50 permanent offices in 22 countries 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 judgment 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.

Silver Sponsors


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), WYG Plc. (UK).

IMC Montan successfully operating in Russia and the CIS since 1992. Since then the company implemented over 350 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.


Polymetal International 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 International 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 International completed its 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.


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.

Bronze Sponsors


Bryan Cave LLP ( has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,000 lawyers across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia serve clients’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.


Fugro has worked in projects for mining all over the world and is involved throughout the entire mining life cycle. From initial desk studies, via reconnaissance and exploration through feasibility and construction into operation through to closure.

We provide all supportive geological, geophysical, hydrological, geotechnical, environmental and survey services, and supply integrated mine data.

Fugro is experienced in slope stability analysis for open pits, tailing dams, dumps and stockpiles, in mineral reserve and resource estimation and classification as well as economic analysis, mine planning and feasibility studies.

Fugro assists with approval procedures in accordance with applicable standards, laws and special regulations.

Fugro’s aircraft equipped with a broad range of cameras and sensing technologies, offers an invaluable image source for inaccessible mine sites, detecting and monitoring mining operations, unmapped access roads and the presence of coloured acid water bodies.

Our competence in customized solutions makes us a trusted partner of choice. 


Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining, aggregates, and oil and gas industries. Metso's cutting-edge services and solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing, providing sustainable process and profit improvements. Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki,Finland. In 2013, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.8 billion. Metso employs approximately 16,000 industry experts in 50 countries.

Metso’s Minerals professionals specialize in always bringing the right technology, processes, machinery and services to our customers in aggregates production, mining and minerals processing and in metal recycling. Successful longtime global experience in implementation of projects for crushing, screening, grinding and separation of minerals. Expect results.

Session Sponsors


Bryanston Resources are one of the world’s fastest growing natural resource based advisory firms offering a comprehensive range of professional services to our clients in the commodities space.

Our bespoke offering of professional services and investment management is designed to help our clients create value including strategic advisory, principal investment and management, project development and product marketing.

From our network of global offices we serve clients around the world, focused on metals and mining, oil and gas, chemicals, power and renewables. Through our network, we have access to deep technical and financial expertise across all relevant disciplines – exploration, project development, operations, logistics, marketing and finance. We maintain close relationships with leading investment banks, technical consultancies and geologists, and cooperate with trading firms to bring value to our clients.


KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services, operating in 155 countries with more than 162,000 people working in member firms around the world.

KPMG has been working in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for nineteen years, and was rated as one of the leading audit and advisory firms in 2010-2013 by Expert Kazakhstan RA. Our essential principle has always been to use the firm’s global intellectual capital, combined with the practical experience of our local professionals. KPMG provides audit services as well as a wide range of advisory services covering tax and legal matters, performance improvement, risk management, transaction support, financing, and restructuring.

In Kazakhstan and Central Asia, KPMG now has offices in Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, and Bishkek with more than 400 active staff members.

At present JSC Rusburmash implements exploration projects and drilling in three countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Tanzania. All the activities performed are compliant with national and international standards.

Rusburmash has 27 patents for unique technological solutions for the construction of boreholes and systems for mining of productive formations. The company has all the required licences and permits to work in Russia and Kazakhstan.

List of geological exploration services:

  • geological exploration of various stages;
  • geomathematical modelling;
  • hydrogeological studies;
  • geophysical (surface and downhole) studies using up-to-date techniques and equipment;
  • geological and geotechnical investigations;
  • geo-ecological study and designing;
  • sampling and geological core logging;
  • preparation of Feasibility Studies including in compliance with national and international standards, technical and economic assessments, justification of investments;
  • geological, geophysical and radioecological support of drilling;


  • core drilling;
  • drilling of technical, engineering and technological holes;
  • a set of works on the construction of geotechnical test sites including: drilling and construction of boreholes for various purposes and of various complexity;
  • maintenance and repair work;

Design and engineering survey:

  • engineering survey;
  • hydrogeological investigations, construction of water supply intakes;
  • technical design for different purposes;
  • obtaining permits, including licences for the right to work at the deposits in the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • research and development of drilling and mining technologies for solid minerals;
  • expert, consulting and engineering services as well as services on exploration, mining and processing of solid minerals.