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Wardell Armstrong to lead Minex sessions on low carbon and sustainability

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Wardell Armstrong will be underlining its long term commitment to the mining industry in Kazakhstan and central Asia at Minex ’10, the international mining and exploration business forum being held in Astana from 16th to 18th March 2010.
As well as acting as Silver Sponsors of the event the company will be hosting two of the forum sessions, drawing on strong local experience of mining projects managed from its Almaty offices and global expertise in mining and exploration issues.
On March 16th, Philip Shelton technical director and regional manager for Wardell Armstrong’s Beijing office, will lead a 1½ hour master class on the low carbon economy and impact on mining. This will cover areas including energy supply for mining and metallurgical processing projects, how to minimise carbon, opportunities for renewable/sustainable energy sources, and investment in low‐C technologies – especially in process and transportation.
Specific opportunities for the coal sector to contribute to a lower‐C economy range from coalbed methane and coal mine methane to underground coal gasification, clean coal technologies, investment in low‐C technologies and carbon trading, and use of the Clean Development Mechanism. The master class will also deal with opportunities for carbon capture and storage for coal-fired plant using disused oil reservoirs or coal seams.
On March 18th, Dr Phil Newall director for mining & minerals at Wardell Armstrong will act as moderator for a session on developing successful mining operations in Central Asia and CIS countries. A panel consisting of GKZ officials, mining engineers, executives and consultants will present on successful practices of managing efficiently mining and exploration projects.
The session will include a presentation by Nick Coppin, director of technical services at Wardell Armstrong, on sustainability in the Kazakh mining sector and compliance with international expectations. Drawing on the latest thinking on sustainability it will consider how Kazakh standards and procedures comply, and the application of World Bank / IFC performance standards. Specific topics will include environmental and social impact assessment, environmental management systems and compliance, community development, corporate social responsibility, mine closure and post-mining regeneration (physical, environmental and economic), climate change impacts and the low carbon economy.
Wardell Armstrong will be exhibiting its full range of international capabilities in the mining sector at the exhibition accompanying the conference.
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