Sponsor and Knowledge Partner

SRK Exploration is a consulting practice specialising solely on exploration, delivering tailored field and consultancy services for projects worldwide. With experience in over 100 countries, we specialise in the exploration for a wide range of metals and industrial mineral commodities, elevating projects from the earliest stage of exploration though to resource drilling.

As explorers we are the first to investigate and evaluate properties for potential mineral deposits. We provide a complete, specialist exploration service tailored to geographical and geological conditions as well as the client’s strategic requirements. We maintain a flexible approach and are experienced at working independently, or with a client’s in-house team to provide consultancy, management and contracting services to internationally recognised standards.

SRK Exploration, as part of the wider SRK Consulting Group, provides an extensive range of technical services to the early stage extractive resource sector. Once SRK Exploration has advanced a project through the exploration stages, SRK Consulting is able to assist in the continued development of the project ensuring an all- encompassing service.


Knowledge Partner

FAME (Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing Technologies) is a transnational research project. It's aim is to increase the competitiveness of the mining of European mineral resources and to stimulate more private engagement and investment and thus business development with the potential to maintain and create high quality jobs within the EU 28.

The FAME project focuses on addressing a number of economic and environmental challenges to improve processing technologies and to recover valuable materials from low grade and / or complex feedstock's ore by increasing the range of yields of recovered raw materials with lower energy consumption and minimising mine waste. In turn this will reduce the environmental fingerprint whilst increasing the utilisation of residues.

FAME addresses the objectives of the Societal Challenges identified for the Horizon 2020 Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials and more specifically the call topic SC5-11-2014/2015: New solutions for sustainable production of raw materials, b) Flexible processing technologies.


Knowledge Partner

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. 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.


Knowledge Partner

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is one of the world’s leading providers of environmental, health & safety (EHS), social and sustainability consulting services with an annual turnover of over US$700 million. With 170 offices in 39 countries, ERM combines local focus with global scale, giving us a unique platform to understand local business and regulatory, commercial and cultural needs. Over the past 5 years ERM has worked with more than 60% of the Global Fortune 500 companies, helping them to develop an integrated management approach, transforming EHS and sustainability activities from burden into a competitive advantage. Our global team includes over 5,000 specialists representing more than 30 disciplines in sustainability, including engineering, natural and earth sciences, social science, economics planning, climate change and business management.

ERM Eurasia Limited was established by ERM with the sole purpose of providing high quality EHS, social and sustainability consulting services to our clients operating in Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, and other countries of the Former Soviet Union. Our teams in both the Almaty and Moscow offices have been working together in the field of EHS consultancy as an integrated unit for over 18 years. During this period the team has developed a unique range of experience in environmental and engineering work in Kazakhstan, Russia and other CIS countries and completed over 3000 projects. Across Kazakhstan and Russia, we worked with major national and international mining companies as well as International Financial Institutions including EBRD, the World Bank, IFC and Equator Principles (EP) Banks. We offer a full range of environmental and social services including:

Impact Assessment and Planning

  • Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment to local and international finance requirements
  • Environmental permitting and approvals support
  • Public consultation and stakeholder engagement
  • Resettlement advisory and planning
  • Environmental and Social Management Plans

Performance and Assurance

  • EHS Compliance Auditing & Regulatory Reviews
  • Implementation and auditing of Management systems (ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001)
  • Training
  • Performance Intervention Services (Technical and Non-Technical Risk Management)
  • Supply chain management
  • Corporate Assurance
  • Safety Culture Assessments

Transaction Services

  • Environmental, H&S and Social Due Diligence Audits for Mergers and Acquisitions and IPOs
  • Project Finance Due Diligence / Gap Analysis
  • Independent Environmental and Social Assessments against IFI (EBRD/IFC/Equator Principles Banks) requirements

Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Climate Change/Joint Implementation consultancy
  • Green Buildings and Resource efficiency
  • Training and capacity building

Contaminated Site Management

  • Phase II Site Investigation and Remediation
  • Asbestos Surveys