SRK Consulting

SRK Consulting provides professional technical consultancy services to the mining and metals sector, encompassing multi-disciplinary technical studies and due diligence for mineral assets including exploration through to development, operation and mine closure. SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd is the European arm of the global SRK Group, which employs more than 1,400 professionals internationally in over 45 offices on 6 continents. The company’s independence is ensured by the fact that it is wholly owned by its staff and holds no equity in any project. This permits SRK to provide its clients with conflict-free and objective recommendations on crucial judgement issues.

Gold Sponsor


GEOTECHMIN is one of the leading business groups in the Bulgarian economy, having made significant contribution to the country’s dynamic and sustainable development. The history of GEOTECHMIN began at the end of 1990 by establishing a private company offering consulting and engineering services in the sphere of mining industry. Since then, the company has expanded its range of activities in new lines of business.

Today GEOTECHMIN GROUP has taken leading positions in mining and construction industries. The Group’s companies have extensive experience and proven expertise in the sphere of exploration, extraction and primary processing of mineral resources.

GEOTECHMIN GROUP successfully operates Ellatzite mine for open-pit mining and primary processing of porphyry copper gold-bearing ores. The Group’s companies also work in the spheres of real estate and investment projects, trade, energy and environmental solutions, agriculture and service sector.

Silver sponsor

Ellatzite-Med AD

Ellatzite-Med AD is one of the largest copper mining companies in Bulgaria, dealing mainly with extraction and processing of copper porphyry gold-bearing ores from Ellatzite deposit. The extracted ore is transported from Ellatzite open-pit mine located near the town of Etropole to the Flotation Complex in Mirkovo village on a 6.5 km underground rubber-belt conveyor line which was driven beneath Stara Planina Mountain.

It is a structural-determinant enterprise in Bulgarian economy and one of the largest investors and taxpayers. The company employs about 1,770 staff, most of whom are local residents.

Over the years, various programmes have been elaborated for ensuring the long-term operation of the company and for improving the financial and technical parameters of copper ore extraction and processing. Today Ellatzite mine ranks among the top copper-producing companies with the largest production capacities in Europe. The implementation of new projects and substantial investments in capital construction and technological equipment guarantee sustainable operation of the mine complex in strict compliance with the relevant health, safety and environment regulations.

Silver sponsor

Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

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.

Sustainability Partner

Dundee Precious Metals

Dundee Precious Metals is a Canadian-based, international gold mining company engaged in the acquisition of mineral properties, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metals. The Company’s focus is to unlock superior value through innovation and strong partnerships with stakeholders, deliver performance through operational excellence, safe and reliable results, share benefits with the local communities.

DPM principal operating asset is the copper-gold-pyrite Chelopech underground mine in Bulgaria with a century-old history of mining. Mined ore is processed to mineral concentrates – copper and pyrite, shipped to DPM Tsumeb smelter in Namibia due to its complexity. Dundee’s second operation in Bulgaria is the Ada tepe open pit mine, located in Krumovgrad. This is the first green mine to be constructed in Bulgaria for the last forty years. Earlier in 2019 the first concentrate was produced from the new process plant facility at the mine site.

Modern mining faces companies with a lot of challenges. Being able to successfully drive change, we at Dundee introduce innovations and empower people to grow in skills and knowledge, leadership and management. This is what is taking the company to new industrial horizons.

Bag Sponsor

The Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK companies involved in the mining and construction equipment sectors export overseas.

UK companies deliver solutions across the mining lifecycle, from initial scoping studies through all phases of feasibility and detailed mine design, and ultimately construction and operation.

The UK’s construction equipment sector produces innovative products with around 75% of the output sold overseas, contributing £11 billion per annum to the UK economy.

The UK is the leading global source of mining finance, providing liquidity for all sizes of projects and operations. Support is delivered by a broad range of professional services and consulting organisations that work to recognised global standards.

Networking drinks sponsor

Mundoro Capital Inc.

Mundoro is a Canadian listed public company focused on mineral exploration and development for copper and gold mineral resources. Company is well positioned with a land package of copper and gold projects in the Timok region of Serbia, which is a region well known for the Bor mines and the Cukaru Peki deposit (Zijin/Freeport). In Bulgaria the company has establish projects in Rhodopes and is evaluating further exploration opportunities in Bulgaria. The Company has established three earn-ins where Mundoro is operator of exploration programs:
– Earn-in with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (“JOGMEC”) in the Borsko project in Serbia.
– Earn-in with Freeport-McMoran Exploration Corporation (“Freeport”), in which Mundoro has granted to Freeport an earn-in option on two of Mundoro’s Serbian exploration licenses.
– Strategic alliance with JOGMEC to generate targeting in Bulgaria

Pens sponsor