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1 by ISSN: Mining & Earth Sciences Magazine October 2014 Vol 4 Number 7 CEO of Atlas Copco Ronnie Leten Visited Turkey What Happened in Soma? Turkey Mining Report By GBR


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4 Editor New regulations and new safety standards O. Çağım Tuğ Soma disaster hit close to the heart. 301 miners died because of this terrible calamity. The incident took its place in the country s history for being the worst-ever mining disaster of Turkey and it revealed how unprepared Turkey is to such emergencies and how it terribly fails to meet global work safety standards. A detailed summary of the disaster is compiled under What happened in Soma, free of criticism or discussion. Since the disaster in May, Turkey has been especially working on workplace safety. The terms of the latest omnibus bill resulted in cessation of operation in many small and medium scale enterprises around Zonguldak, a region known for extracting the highest quality hard coal. As the underground mine fire is still burning, Soma investigation expert reports could not be concluded, however, we can say that efforts toward more severe sanctions and higher standards have been intensely continuing. Authorities, especially the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is focused on specifying proper work safety regulations with the help of experiences acquired from mine tours abroad and suggestions of foreign experts invited. International standards and technological advances have been presented to the Ministry at workshops, in which Güner Gürtunca, a former executive at NIOSH in USA and a mining engineer who had worked in Soma basin, was also present. It should be noted that facilities must be kept able to continue their productions whithout compromising the safety standards. In this context, we, as Mining Turkey, decided to organize a seminar on New Mining Technologies and Maximizing Benefits by inviting one of our writers; Mustafa Kahraman, from University of Arizona and MISOM Technologies, to Turkey. We believe that this seminar, scheduled for October at Hacettepe University, will provide important contributions to the sector. Preparatory periods of new EIA regulations and Mine Waste regulations are going through a similar course. According to the new EIA regulations, marble and natural stone miners will be processed the same as other mining facilities. Another change planned is to include prospecting activites in the same context of oil, natural gas and geothermal search. To consider these two fields that have different circumstances and conditions in the same context will bring extra workload to mineral prospecting that is already in decline due to the Ministry Circular; making it more challenging. Some important changes are planned for Mine Waste Regulations, as well. In the Mine Waste Regulation draft, mine wastes are exempted from special waste status by adaptations from and with references to current Hazardous Waste Control Regulations and Regulations on Systematic Waste Storage, and it contradicts with 2008 Regulations on General Principles on Waste Management, which conformed to EU acquis. This will cause juridical conflicts and result in public perception of mine wastes to be hazardous wastes. In our country, when applied and future legislations are being prepared, European Union Directives are taken into account. However, as we pointed out above, some of the bills in the preparatory period contain conflicts with EU Directives. In such conditions, hearing the representatives of the sector and involving the sector in preparation of new bills and regulations is of utmost importance for the future of the industry and to assure that the regulations are enforceable. Production in our country persists despite lower metal prices and closed down facilities. However, Gold Miners Association have announced that the numbers are expected to be below production targets for All these make up a base for the notion that finding projects that will lead to production will become a challenge in the following years in our country, where especially prospecting is already struggling. Subscribe for new Issue alerts and more! 2 October 2014


6 News The Decline in Mining Exports Continues in August The mining exports in August this year was down %4.27 with billion dollars compared to the values of the same period of last year. With the total of 3 billion 160 million dollars, the sector s export in the first eight months of 2014 was also down 5.63% compared to the same period of last year. Alongside the unrest in Iraq and the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the decrease in China s demand is also signed as the cause of this decline. Though the export to the US and the UN countries rose, the down in China, Iraq and Russia was irrepressible. The total mining export to China in the first eight months of 2014 decreased from 1 billion 659 million to 1 billion 258 million dollars with a down of 24.14%. Turkey s largest export market Iraq experienced a down by 5.98%. The export to Russia also declined to 14.94%. Besides these declines, the exports to India, The US, Spain and Holland rose by 73.87%, 11.81%, 44.31% and 44.22% in order. While natural stone exports in August declined 8.59% with million dollar compared to the same period of last year, the total export in the first eight months increased 0.62% with 1 billion 450 million dollar compared to the first eight months of Despite the significant decrease in major markets like China, Iraq and Russia, the increase in the US and India markets prevented the mining sector from a big loss. September 2014 Koza and Lonmin will Explore Minerals in Ireland Koza Gold Corporation s London associate Koza Ltd. and South African Lonmin Plc. s associate Lonmin Ltd. (Northern Ireland) signed a memorandum of understanding in May. According to the memorandum, Koza and Lonmin will operate gold and silver mineral explorations in Northern Ireland. Koza Gold Corporation had announced earlier that due to the limitations and some practices in Turkish mining sector and within the scope of their long term targets, they would focus on the foreignbased opportunities especially on the countries with established mining regulations. Thus, the company founded England based Koza Ltd. in January 28, May 2014 Turkey Builds a Remote Sensing Laboratory in Azerbaijan The National Geological Exploration Service of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Republic (MGKX) presented MTA (General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration) a written application in September, Following this application, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Sources of Turkey launched a joint programme with Azerbaijan to build a remote sensing laboratory in their country. The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız stated that, Turkey - Azerbaijan Geological Remote Sensing and Technical Cooperation Protocol is signed in February, 2014 on demand of Azerbaijan. The acquisition and analysis of information on natural and artificial surfaces using satellite platform is planned to be carried out on an iron ore deposit in Azerbaijan. A satellite image on a specific field will be analysed, and the studies will be carried out by MTA specialists. April 2014 Foundation Laid for the New Thermal Power Plant in Soma Foundation laid on March 19, 2014 for the new 510MW coal-based thermal power plant in Soma district of Manisa province. The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız participated in the cutting ceremony of this second thermal power plant of the region. Kolin Construction won tender for the main contractor in exchange for 153 million tonnes of coal production 4 October 2014 last year. The period of contract was 30 years. The 510MW coal-based power plant project would be performed through Build-Operate-Transfer Model. The studies on determining the location of the plant, preparing of the project, and preparation of EIA report were completed. After the coal fields, which would feed the thermal power plant started production, and the construction of the plant completed, the project would offer the district a range of employment area for directly 3,500 and indirectly 6,000 people. The authorities declared in their public statement that the new thermal power plant will be constructed with the newest technology approved and applied worldwide. March 2014

7 Magnesit AŞ Buys an Enterprise of Cihan Group in Erzurum Austrian-based RHI s subsidiary Magnesit AŞ. signed a contract with Cihan Group and purchased Group s raw material production facility in Erzurum and its mining rights. RHI, the Austrian company specializing in producing heat-resistant refractory products, bought the raw material Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri Doubled Production Rates in 20 Years First Quantum Minerals Turkish subsidiary Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri, providing the 1/3 of the total copper production of Turkey, has doubled its production capacity which was 600,000 tonnes when founded. According to the company s statement to Mining Turkey, since its foundation Çayeli Copper has contributed significantly to the country s economy, and the total ore it has extracted up-to-date is 17,367,000 tonnes. While the company s total copper concentrate is 159,513.5 tonnes, the total zinc concentrate is 88,341.3 tonnes annually. The company s annual ore production capacity is 1.3 million tonnes today. Gold Producers Paid Taxes Equivalent to 7 Tonnes of Gold Muhterem Köse, General Coordinator of Gold Miners Association joined PDAC 2014 in Toronto and in his statement to Anadolu Agency he noted that the gold producers paid taxes equivalent to 7 tonnes of gold this year and added, Owing to this production, we earned an improvement both socially and economically. More than 30 thousand mine investors from 130 countries meet at Toronto each year. Investment projects that are worth 750 billion USD are on the table We should ask ourselves, Where does Turkey place itself in it? Each year 40 billion dollars of new mine investments are made in the world. facility and it s mining rights for 30 million USD. RHI will also become liable for Cihan Group s debts to 16 million USD considering the quality and the specialty of the raw material. The sale will be declared valid as soon as the terms of the contract are fulfilled. At the company s event organised for the employees at Dedeman Hotel, Rize on March 7, the company gave the news of a female director appointed to the head of a technical department, which is a first in the company s history. Proudly announcing the promotion of Maintenance Deputy Manager Gönül Uğultan to the position of Maintenance Manager, Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri General Manager Iain Anderson said Mining, which is dominated by employment of men, has now become a sector, which women can also work in. Managing Director Iain Anderson emphasized Köse stated that Turkey was still taking baby steps in mine explorations and added that the mine exploration drillings Turkey had made in the last 75 years was equal to Canada s just 1.5 years of work. In his statement: Mining is a long term investment, which needs 10 to 15 years in return. Stability is the key to success for this long period. Otherwise, it is futile to expect for an investor to invest hundred millions of dollars for 15 years of future. Mining production in Turkey is inadequate. Our total mineral export cannot even afford the coal import. Turkey imported 302 tonnes of gold last year, and paid 13.7 billion dollars in The formal process is still ongoing and the facility located in Aşkale district of Erzurum has a reserve capacity of 85 million tonnes with a production capacity of 120 million tonnes. The purchase value of the facility is said to be 26 million euros. April 2014 the importance of loyalty to corporate values, production and continuity of work in his speech at the event held on March 7. He said The important thing is how rather than how much you produce to gain reputation. While providing benefits for our sector and our economy, producing in a safe and environmental friendly manner with respect for the society is our biggest priority as Çayeli Bakır. Thus, we survive and thrive by producing together. I thank all Çayeli Bakır employees, who have contributed to this development and their families. March 2014 return. Whereas our gold production was 33.5 tonnes last year which meant 1.6 billion dollars. In the last 20 years, 2.5 billion dollars of investment was made in gold sector in Turkey, which made us the top country in Europe in gold production. This investment also offered an employment area for 6 thousand 200 people. This year, we have paid taxes equivalent to 7 tonnes of gold to the government. Owing to this production, we earned an improvement both socially and economically. The only way to narrow the current account deficit is to explore and extract our own mine. This is the best model for us. March 2014 October

8 In 2013, Eldorado Produced 397,000 Ounces of Gold in Turkey In 2013, Eldorado Gold produced 397,000 ounces of gold in Kışladağ and Efemçukuru mines in Turkey. As to the company s statement, 2013 production of Kışladağ increased by 6% compared to While the production costs remain pretty much the same, the company estimates 10% rise in their production for Coal Explorations in Turkey Proceed in 2014 Turkey, targeting to increase the utilisation of national sources in energy, aims to enhance its coal reserves through the new explorations in 4 regions. MTA will provide 25,197 million liras to fund the explorations in 4 regions and 18 provinces. The total exploration network including the operations in Amasya, Çorum, Konya, Isparta, Afyonkarahisar, Ankara, and Muş will cost 10,565 million liras. Turkey owns 1.3 billion tonnes of hard coal and 13.9 billion tonnes of lignite reserves, of which 512 million tonnes and 13.4 billion tonnes, respectively, are proved reserves. The research project The Improvement of Lignite Reserves and Prospects to Uncover New Lignite Fields was carried out in by Turkish Coal Enterprises (TKİ) as the coordinator, General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA) as in charge and ETI Mine Works, Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), Electricity Generation Company (EÜAŞ), Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK), General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSİ) as the contributors. The project leaded to a significant improvement in the reserves, thus helped the lignite reserves rise from 8.3 billion tonnes to13.9 billion tonnes in The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız said in his March 2014 statement that 11 new coal fields had been explored with 1.2 million metres of drilling in the past 8 years. According to Yıldız, these newly found fields added up 6.8 billion tonnes to the lignite reserves which meant a 82% increase in Turkey s lignite reserves. The studies about the conversion of lignite coal into electricity is in progress and we are planning to provide 1/3 of our electricity out of coal in With our total national coals converting into thermal power plants, we are aiming to reduce minimum 12 billion USD annually from our natural gas import added the Minister. March 2014 Taner Yıldız, Called for Investments on Marble Turkey Marble, Natural Stone and Machinery Manufacturers Association (TUMMER) Board of Directors were guests at a meeting with Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, during which Minister Taner Yıldız called entrepreneurs to invest in marble sector. Pointing out to 30% of 13 thousand mine operating licenses being natural stone licenses, Yıldız stated that natural stone production increased from 1.5 million cubic meters in 2002 to 5.8 million cubic meters in 2013 adding that natural stone export also increased from 700 million dollars to 2.2 billion dollars. China receives half of Turkey s natural stone export, said the Minister and indicated that Chinese investors have started operating in the country. Specifying marble as the main exported product constituting half of mine exports, Yıldız invited all entrepreneurs interested in mining and natural resources once again to invest in the sector. August 2014 New Privatizations Underway High Board of Privatization has made new decisions regarding the new privatizations and they are published in the Official Journal. According to new ruling, Orhaneli Thermal Power Plant of Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. (EÜAŞ) is listed in privatization program and immovable properties of the plant are decided to be included in the scope and program of privatization. 6 October 2014 High Board of Privatization also concluded to include Soma Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş. (SEAŞ) except its immovable properties, Tunçbilek Thermal Plant of EÜAŞ, Bursa Linyitleri Işletmesi (BLİ) of Turkish Coal Enterprises (TKİ) with their immovable properties into the scope and program of privatization. Board ruled that the certificate No of TKİ and certificate No of EÜAŞ and the mine fields are included in the scope and program of privatization. On the other hand, the Board demanded Soma A Thermal Power Plant to be excluded from privatization program and decided that privatizations of other plants and enterprises to be concluded by December 31, August 2014

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10 Eczacıbaşı Esan Stands Out with Industrial Mineral Export Founded in 1978 and has been providing high quality products with professional service since then, Eczacıbaşı Esan grows rapidly both in local and foreign markets. With it s exports to more than 40 countries, Eczacıbaşı Esan s contribution to the country s economy was awarded one more time by İstanbul Minerals and Metals Exporters Association (İMMİB). The company has been awarded two years in a row with the Association s 2013 Stars of the Exports 3rd prize in industrial minerals category on behalf of Eczacıbaşı Ekom Foreign Trade. Founded to meet the needs of quality raw material for Eczacıbaşı s ceramic plants, Eczacıbaşı Esan is now among the pioneering industrial mineral and metallic mine firms of Turkey. March 2014 Turkey s First Molybdenum Facility Made Its Official Opening Located in Tepeoba village in Havran district of Balıkesir province, Turkey s first facility that produce both copper and molybdenum made its official opening by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız on May 3, The mine which took place in our previous issues is operated by Kuzey Ege Bakır İşletmeleri, the subsidiary of Özdoğu İnşaat Ltd. who celebrates its 40th year in business. Kuzey Ege Bakır A.Ş. General Director and Vice Chairman Murat Kavak made the opening speech, underlying the remarkable role of mining and informing about the facility. In his statement, he noted that the company had the mining license for the area of hectares, targeting to extract 17 million tonnes of copper-molybdenum. Kavak added that with 235 people working in the facility, 40,000 tonnes of copper and 1,500 tonnes of molybdenum concentrate is being manufactured annually and ranking the first place among the mine exporters in Aegean Region, it is the first and only molybdenum manufacturer of our country. Subsequent to the studies carried out for the reserves, they were planning to put the potassium feldspar mine into use in August. Kavak said that this imported product from then on would be produced in their facility and be available for use in ceramic and porcelain industry of our country. The Minister of Energy Taner Yıldız also made a speech at the opening, MTA has drilled 10,000 meters here and confirmed of a copper-molybdenum reserve of 20 million tonnes. Public sector explores and the private sector operates. We import 80% of the copper we consume. New fields should be open to use in order to diminish the import. Our annual import is 1.2 billion USD. This facility will make a huge contribution to our economy. We receive complaints about the difficulties of getting mining licences due to applying to18 different institutions. We are now establishing a one step office. Our mining exports, which was 841 million USD in 2002 has now risen to 5.1 billion USD at the end of The gross domestic product rate of the mining sector was 2.6 billion USD in 2003, now it is around 12 billion USD. Our goal is to increase the export to 20 billion dollars by May Workers Lost Their Lives in Unauthorized Coal Mines in Mount Cudi in 15 Days Due to the illegal production in asphaltite mines located in Şırnak, which were functioning despite the earlier closure because of the lack of proper safety conditions, 5 workers lost their lives in 15 days (1 worker on June 4th, 3 workers on June 11th and 1 worker in June 18th). These mines in question had been shut down 6 months ago upon an order from the Turkey s Social Security Institution, Ministry of Labour, and governorate due to lack of job security and social security conditions. 8 October 2014 The former Chairman of Chamber of Mining Engineers Mehmet Torun stated that this asphaltite field, which was formerly owned by Turkish Coal Enterprises, was transferred to Şırnak Governorate in a royalty transfer tender. The governorate has given its operating right to a private company in a royalty transfer tender, and the company operated the mines through the subcontractors. Yet, these mines were shut down upon an order from the Ministry 6 months ago. Coal is illegally extracted in mine shafts here today. It is really hard to prevent mining in these blind shafts. The 1,000-1,200 of unemployed young people in the locality work in these illegal mine shafts for liras per day. No engineering rules are applied. There are no emergency gateways, no ventilation in the mines. The workers do not have any necessary equipments like safety helmets and gas masks. June 2014

11 MNG Orko s Transaction Completed with Amlib United Minerals for Its Liberian - Kokoya Project MNG Orko, founded in 2012 by MNG Group, whose business activities cover a diverse range of fields from construction, tourism, air carriage, and cargo carriage, to finance and energy sectors, announced the completion of the transaction with Amlib United Minerals to acquire its 90% stake (10% Liberian Government) in Liberian- Kokoya Project. Kokoya is an advanced gold exploration project owned and managed by MNG Gold through its subsidiary MNG Gold Liberia Inc. situated in Bong County, located in Liberia. A total of 272 holes for 48,625 m have been drilled and 249 trenches for 7,069 m have been excavated to date. Serhan Umurhan, General Manager of MNG, commented: I am delighted that the closing conditions of this transaction have now been satisfied so that we can focus our efforts on rapidly developing the potential of Kokoya, which stood still for a long time due to lack of funds. Our aim is to create a new approach offering an employment opportunity with positive value for local communities and commencing production as soon as possible. Kokoya is the first step in the creation of MNG Gold s asset portfolio in West Africa and Turkey; we will add further valuable assets to our portfolio in the near future. June 2014 Aegean Metals Group Provides Market Update on Turkish Exploration Projects Aegean Metals Group Inc, a Canadian junior mineral exploration company operating exploration stage projects in Turkey and Chile, shares its market updates on Turkish exploration projects with its investors. The company announced that the exploration activities at Ergama Project in Western Anatolia and Hot Maden Project in Eastern Black Sea region continue to advance.the projects exploration activities are being managed by Teck Resources (Ergama) and Lidya Madencilik (Hot Maden). The company s Ergama Project is located in Balıkesir province. Ergama is a high-sulphidation epithermal goldsilver project, which was first explored by Normandy Mining in the 80s. The project is currently owned by Aegean, however, Teck Resources exercised a one-time back-in right on May 28, 2013, and is now required to invest 1,275 million USD in exploration at Ergama within 3 years in order to earn-in to a 51% interest in the property. The update covers that Teck continues its geological explorations within the contract. The operating explorations in Hot Maden Project, which is located in Artvin province, is continuing to be advanced by Lidya Madencilik through a joint venture signed in June, Lidya has the option to earn-in to a 70% interest in the Hot Maden Project in return for a 3 million USD commitment of combined exploration expenditures and cash payments to Aegean over a 48 month option period. The site was first explored by Russian geologists working in the region before the foundation of the Republic, later on MTA and private sector has continued the operations there. Lidya s initiating field activities in the site are focused on geological mapping for the drilling locations preparations. As a part of the joint venture agreements in both projects, Aegean reserves the right to claim product share from the operation. August 2014 Aldridge Minerals Annouced the Closure of 45 Million Dollars Financing Aldridge Minerals announced by a press release that they have closed the financing with Orion Fund JV Limited, an affiliate of the Orion Mine Finance funds in connection Elsan Electricity Wins Yatağan Thermal Power Plant Tender Tenders regarding the privatisation of Yeniköy Yatağan Thermal Power plant and the immovable properties owned by Southern Aegean Lignite Enterprises (GELİ) were done in Ankara. Among the six companies, Elsan Electricity Industry and Trade Co. Inc. placed the highest bid of with a US$10 million equity private placement which includes participation by the Aldridge s two largest shareholders and a US$35 million bridge loan facility billion USD in the tender and won the operation rights of Yatağan Thermal Power Plant. Centered in Denizli, Elsan Electricity is a member of Bereket Energy Group. The immovable properties and Yeniköy Thermal Power Plant owned by Yeniköy Yatağan Electricity Production Inc. (YEAŞ), Aldridge has also entered into lead concentrate and gold offtake agreements with an Orion affiliate. September 2014 the movable and immovable properties used by GELİ were privatised as a whole through an asset sale method; related mining licenses and mining sites covered by these licenses through a transfer of operating rights method. September 2014 October

12 Altıntepe Mining Continues Its Operations for Production in Ordu Stratex International Plc, the exploration and development company focused on gold and base metals in Turkey and Africa, and its subsidiary Bahar Madencilik will manufacture dore gold in Ordu- Altıntepe with an investment of 162 million dollars. According to the news published in Dünya Gazetesi, Stratex signed a contract with a construction company in 2009 for the refinement Nata Holding Purchased Çaldağ Nikel Mine Owner of Çaldağ Nickel Mine, the largest nickel reserve of Turkey with 29.7 million tonnes in Turgutlu district of Manisa, Çaldağ Nikel Madencilik s majority share was sold to Nata Holding. According to Trade Journal, the majority share of Çaldağ Madencilik, who had been the former Investment Incentive Certificate Issued for Mazıdağı Phosphate Plant Eti Copper Inc. received an investment incentive certificate for Mardin Mazıdağı Phosphate Plant that was shut down in 1993 due to economic crisis and that was handed over to TMC Enerji Yatırımları San. Ve Tic. A.Ş., founded in partnership with Eti Copper Inc/Park Electric with a tender in May October 2014 subsidiary of VTG Holding, was sold to Nata Construction in April, Ankara based Nata Holding is a conglomerate of companies in the businesses of project development and real estate investment, construction, international contracting services, concrete pipe and prefabricated Zenit Madencilik Obtained Financial Support for Kızıltepe Project Zenit Madencilik, a joint venture company between Turkish Proccea Construction Co. and Anglo-Turkish mine explorer Ariana Resources, has announced getting an investment subsidy for Kızıltepe Gold-Silver mine, which is a part of Red Rabbit Project. The announcement declares that the company will benefit from the incentives in ways such as the vat exemption, zero customs duty, government support for the employer s national insurance contribution and credit interest. Ariana Resources Chairman Michael de Villers states that these supports are considered to be a sign of the government s will for the growth and improvement of the mining sector. Zenit Madencilik also announces that it has got the full funding to bring its Kiziltepe Gold-Silver Mine into Planned to become operational in 2016, the plant is announced to receive an investment of 1 billion and 60 million Turkish Liras. The plant is expected to produce 437,760 tonnes/year of phosphate, 75,000 tonnes/year of ammonia, 650,000 tonnes/year of sulphuric acid, of Ordu-Altıntepe and Konya-İnlice projects, but the construction company declared its withdrawal from partnership in Following this, Stratex declared new partnership with Bahar Madencilik for Altıntepe, and resigned from İnlice Project. According to the February 2014 investment incentive certificate statistics, Altıntepe Madencilik, founded by the partnership between Stratex and Bahar Madencilik, aims to produce 3,500 million tonnes of ore in a year from this investment. Out of this ore, 1,08 tonnes of dore gold and 1.24 tonnes of dore silver production is expected in a year. An employment area for 100 people is also among the marks mentioned in the investment incentive certificate of the company. May 2014 structures, cement and energy. Prominent in constructing sector, Nata Construction ranked 150th in the international construction magazine Engineering News Record s 2013 Top 250 List. June 2014 production. 33 million USD overall credit agreement, inclusive of capital repayments and borrowing costs, completed with Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası. 236,000 USD first drawdown completed by Zenit. Loan repayments will be paid over five years. June ,000 tonnes/year of phosphoric acid, 325,000 tonnes/year of phosphorus fertilizer and tonnes/year pyrite and iron dust. When operational, 606 jobs will be created at the plant. July 2014

13 5 Mining Companies are Among the Top 100 Exports Companies The top 1,000 exports companies of Turkey in 2013 were announced by Turkish Exporters Assembly. While the mining sector has its place in the list with 91 companies, 5 mining companies are among the top 100 exporters. Given data show that the top 1000 companies made 90 billion USD of exports, which forms 59% of the total 152 billion USD of exports in The rate of the foreign-financed companies on the list is 20%. This is declared as the highest rate of the last 5 years. The total net profit of the top 1000 exports companies of 2103 is 14.2 billion liras. The mining companies Tüprag and Eti Krom Inc. are placed among the top EIA Approved for Ağı Dağı Project Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has approved the Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) for Ağı Dağı Project of Alamos Gold Inc., 100 exporters for the first time. The boom in these two companies export figures is remarkable. Governmental Enterprise and Eti Mine Works, the only authorised boron producer in Turkey, ranks 16th (15th in 2012) in the list with 790 million 353 thousand USD. Eti Mine Works is the 2nd company with the largest profit rate among the 1000 companies. It is also placed first among the exports companies in the mining sector. Following Eti Mine Works, the second mining company in the top 100 companies is Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri. With an exports figure of 249 million 838 thousand USD, it ranks 42nd in the one of the important mining projects of the country. John A. McCluskey, President and CEO of Alamos, indicated it as an important step for the list (38th in 2012). The third company in the list from the mining sector, Tüprag, enters the list for the first time in its history. With 189 million 277 thousand USD of exports, it ranks 63rd in the list (240th in 2012). Being the 4th company from the mining sector in the list, Eti Krom Inc. ranks 67th among the 100. Succeeds in entering the list for the first time, Eti Krom made 185 million 583 thousand USD of export in Eti Soda AŞ., which ranked 229th among the top 1000 exporters in 2012 leaps forward in 2013 with 138 million 174 thousand USD of exports, and ranks 97th. May 2014 company s projects in Turkey and a sign of significance state puts on advancing the mining sector. August 2014 Park Electric s 2014 First Half Report Announced Park Electric, operating in the mining and energy sectors, published its 1st half report. The company stated to raise a total income of 122 million lira in the first half of 2014; million lira from the copper plant in Madenköy and remaining 11.6 million lira from the asphaltite plant in Silopi, Şırnak. Company s income was million lira in the same period of 2013 and it saw a 1% drop in sales compared to the first month of In the first quarter of 2014, Park Electric has handed the Silopi asphaltite plant in Şırnak-Silopi over to Silopi Electric Inc., another unit of the conglomerate Ciner Holding, for 61 million TL and claimed to score a profit of 14.1 million TL from this transaction. The drop in income in the first half of 2014 is also attributed to not receiving the revenue from the plant following the handover. Copper sales income in the first six months of 2014 shows a 3% increase compared to the same period of previous year. Copper sales income in the first month of 2014 is million lira, it was million lira in the first month of In Madenköy copper mine, 50,021 WMT of concentrate copper production in the first half of 2013 decreased to 45,618 WMT in the same period of 2014, resulting in a 9% decrease. As to the concentrate copper sales, 47,473 DMT of first six months of 2013 has dropped 10% in the first six months of 2014 and stayed at DMT. August 2014 New Drilling Results at TV Tower Project Pilot Gold has announced several updates about its joint venture TV Tower Project during last 6 months. According to the latest press release, Pilot Gold has completed 13 drill holes to date at the Valley Porphyry, and has secured permits to drill test most of the 1,400 m length of the zone. Recent drill highlights include: 0.63 g/t gold and 0.27% copper over meters (1.10 g/t goldequivalent (AuEq1)) in KRD016C and 0.41 g/t gold and 0.25% copper over 70.2 meters (0.83 g/t AuEq1) in KRD018C. These latest results from step-out drilling extend copper and gold mineralization over an area of approximately 300 meters by 200 meters. Teck Resources currently holds 60% interest of the project. June 2014 October

14 The Top 500 Largest Industrial Organizations of 2013 were Announced The list of the top 500 industrial organisations selected annually by İstanbul Chamber of Industry was announced. According to the news, Tüpraş with 39,729 billion liras of product sales took place at the top of the list. Turkey s 500 largest organisations increased their sales by 7.4% to 454,990 billion liras. The major companies were mainly from petrochemistry, automotive, and iron steel industry sectors. While Ford Automotive owned the 2nd rank in the list with its production sale of 9,714 billion liras, Electricity Generation Company ranked 3rd with its production sale of 9,263 billion liras. The evaluation was made considering the product sales. The mining companies and many sector related companies (cement production, concrete production, glass and ceramic industry) appeared in the list as usual. Turkish Coal Enterprises (TKİ) and Eti Mine Works placed among the top ranks. While TKİ s net sales declined compared to 2012 (2,886,203,748 TL), Eti Maden s net sales increased compared to 2012 (1,487,462,707 TL). The sales figures of TKİ were down 23.3% compared to 2012, and the organisation moved downward on the list from 15th (2012) to 26th (2013). While the sales figures of Eti Maden were up 9.5%, the company s place in the list slipped one rank from 42 to 41. Though there was not a significant increase in the company s production rate compared to last year, the increase in the sales figures was likely a result of the rise in the exchange rate of dollar. Tüprag Metal Madencilik rose 4 ranks to 63th in the 2013 list with a net sales of 1,152 billion liras. Due to these numbers, Tüprag rose 6.2% with its net sales in 2013 compared to Following Tüprag, Soda Industry Inc. ranked in the list on the 72nd place. The company moved upward 9 ranks in the list compared to last year with net sales of 1.71 billion liras (26.9% increase compared to 2012). Koza Gold Operations Inc., which had formerly ranked 72th in İSO list, fell to 82th in The company s net sales figure was 981,771 million liras, with a 10.5% fall. One of the Turkey s prominent mining companies, Eti Bakır AŞ. (Eti Copper Co.) ranked 103rd in the list with net sales of 765,428 million. Eti Alüminyum AŞ. (Eti Aluminium Co.), which was a member of Cengiz Holding like Eti Bakır AŞ. ranked 217th in the list with net sales of 409 billion liras. Esan Eczacıbaşı, Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri, Eti Soda, Erdemir Mining, Park Termik, Soma Kömür İşletmeleri AŞ., Park Elektrik, Eti Gümüş AŞ. are also among the leading mining companies took place in the İSO 500 list. İmbat Madencilik (İmbat Mining Co.), Kümaş Manyezit, and Tilaga Madencilik are among the mining companies that had a rank in the list for the first time. According to İSO 5000 list, among the top 10 organisations with the biggest profit, there were 5 mining companies. Eti Mine Works ranked 4th in the list with 841,797 million liras. The sector based listing of the rest most profitable companies were as follows: Tüprag Metal Madencilik (669,449 million liras), Koza Gold Operations Inc., Soda 12 October 2014 Ranking Ranking Net Sales TL Turkish Coal Enterprises (TKİ) ,212,592,358 Eti Mine Works General Management ,628,735,733 Akçansa Çimento San. ve Tic. AŞ ,164,214,836 Tüprag Metal Madencilik San. ve Tic. AŞ ,152,515,050 Soda Industry Inc , ,226 Koza Gold Operations Inc ,771,503 Çimsa Cement Industry and Trade Inc ,345,009 Paşabahçe Glass Industry and Trade Inc ,798,569 Trakya Cam Sanayii AŞ ,951,976 Eti Copper Inc ,428,032 Nuh Çimento Sanayi AŞ ,447,082 Limak Cement Group ,823,953 Aşkale Çimento Sanayii T.AŞ ,837,788 Çimko Çimento ve Beton San. Tic. AŞ ,404,726 Esan Eczacıbaşı Industrial Raw Materials ,209,913 Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri AŞ ,430,373 Limak Batı Çimento San. ve Tic. AŞ ,655,126 As Cement ,398,497 Eti Soda Üretim Pazarlama AŞ ,757,248 Erdemir Mining Industry and Trade Co ,379,738 Eti Aluminium Co. Inc ,020,025 Eti Krom Inc ,316,956 Votorantim Çimentos ,366,644 Adana Çimento Sanayii Türk AŞ ,622,063 Park Termik Elektrik San. ve Tic. AŞ ,752,104 İmbat Madencilik Enerji Turizm AŞ ,822,282 Trakya Yenişehir Cam Sanayii AŞ ,908,372 Soma Kömür İşletmeleri AŞ ,048,668 Nuh Beton AŞ ,649,984 Çimentaş İzmir Çimento Fabrikası Türk AŞ ,872,258 BATIÇİM Batı Anadolu Çimento Sanayii AŞ ,428,914 Park Elektrik Üretim Madencilik AŞ ,577,066 Konya Çimento Sanayii AŞ ,470,475 Kümaş Manyezit Sanayi AŞ ,786,710 Turkish Hardcoal Enterprises (TTK) ,505,078 Tilaga Madencilik ve Sınai Yatırımlar AŞ ,169,707 Ege Seramik San. ve Tic. AŞ ,263,216 Bolu Çimento Sanayii AŞ ,851,391 Seranit Granit Seramik San. ve Tic. AŞ ,125,643 Eti Gümüş AŞ ,489,170 Göltaş Göller Bölgesi Çimento AŞ ,202,444 Adoçim Çimento Beton San. ve Tic. AŞ ,985,268 Anadolu Cam Sanayii AŞ ,802,620 Ünye Çimento San. ve Tic. AŞ ,809,568 Denizli Çimento Sanayii Tic. AŞ ,278,585 Traçim Çimento San. ve Tic. AŞ ,060,920 Bursa Beton San. ve Tic. AŞ ,921,893 Mardin Çimento San. ve Tic. AŞ ,088,738 Table 1. Mining Companies and Mining Sector Related Companies in İSO List

15 Ranks Organization Profit for the Financial Year (TL) 1 EÜAŞ 2,569,101,706 2 TPAO 1,634,198, EtiMaden Works 841,797,606 5 Mercedes Benz Türk AŞ 805,507,329 6 Philsa Cigarette and Tobacco Inc. 760,649,785 7 Tüprag Metal Madencilik 669,449,075 Number of Companies Profit of the Financial Year (%) Mining and Quarrying Cigarette and Tobacco Manufacturing Electricity, Gas, Ventilation Systems Uncategorized Machinery Equipments Production Other Non-metallic Products Production Table 3. The 5 Sectors with the Highest Profitability Ratio (Public Corporations Included) 8 Koza Gold Operations Inc. 543,281,929 9 Soda Industry Inc. 523,414, Eti Copper Inc. 442,907,145 Table 2. The 10 Most Profitable Organizations in İSO 500 List Industry, and Eti Bakır. As reported by İSO 500 list, the most profitable sectors were mining and quarrying in the profit based analysis. Considering the 16 mining and quarrying sector based companies, mining sector was followed by Cigarette and Tobacco Manufacturing with 28.4%, and Electricity, Gas, Ventilation Systems with 14.5%. Excluding the three public-owned companies (TKİ, TTK, Eti Mine Works), 13 private equities Number of Companies Profit of the Financial year (%) Mining and Quarrying Cigarette and Tobacco Manufacturing Uncategorized Machinery Equipments Production Other Non-metallic Products Manufacturing profits were 40.1%. This rate is five times the total top 500 companies profit which is 4.9%. The below-mentioned mine producers and 48 mining sector related companies (cement production, Furniture Manufacturing Table 4. The 5 Sectors with the Highest Profitability Ratio ( Among 487 Private Corporations) concrete production, glass and ceramic industry) total net sales were 24 billion 432 million liras, which was equal to 5.3% of the total companies sales in İSO 500 list. August 2014 Meetings Held with South Korean Firm for Huge Investment Officers from a South Korean power firm has come to the region to investigate the utilization of the Afşin-Elbistan coal basin for a huge investment of million USD to build a thermal power plant. Higher ranking executives of the power firms operating especially in the Arab world and East Asia have been frequently visiting to examine the field on site and map out the investment plan in the light of their findings. Officers of the undisclosed South Korean firm held meetings with Afşin- Elbistan Lignite Plant Manager Ahmet Yaldız and had detailed information on the structure of the plant and lignite reserves in the region. Following the meetings with no media access, AEL Manager Ahmet Yaldız revealed some information regarding the session and indicated that the meetings were not about privatization. Laying emphasis on the 12 billion US dollars of investment, Yaldız pointed out to the economic and social benefits of this investment in the region as new jobs will be created. August Mines Closed in mines operations have been shut down in the January-July period of this year, due to critically unsafe conditions for employees, by Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Directorate of Labor Inspection. Labor Inspection Committee specifically focused on stone quarry and mining sectors where deadly work accidents are more commonly occuring and systematically inspected the mines throughout Turkey. Upon determining that 92 mines were critically unsafe for employees between January-July of 2014, Labor Inspection Commitee concluded to halt the operations at these mines. Of these, 11 were operating in Edirne, 10 were in Zonguldak, 7 in Tekirdağ, 6 each in Ankara and İstanbul and 5 each in Kütahya, Kocaeli and Manisa. Said mine administrations were fined and subsequently monitored whether they protested the closed down ruling and they were reported accordingly. August 2014 October

16 Turmoil in Iraq Caused Uneasiness in Natural Stone Export Natural stone export to Iraq is negatively affected by the unrest in this country. Aegean Mine and Natural Stone Exporters Association Chairman Mevlüt Kaya stated that: Iraq will be challenging for us this year, numbers of the first 6 months are troubling. I will give an example from my company; our shipment dropped down to 8 containers from 24. If the war continues as it is, the sector will face a serious bottleneck because Iraq is our second biggest market after Germany. Since the numbers are high, the effect will also be big. As the market involves processed products, the loss of the sector will be higher. The shrinkage of Chinese and Indian markets for natural stone export resulted in a 5.3% drop in Turkey s total exports in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2013, despite a 6.2% value based increase. Aegean Mine and Natural Stone Exporters Association Chairman elaborated that this is a reflection of the increase in processed product exports. Indicating that Turkey exports its natural stone with added value, Kaya emphasized it as a gratifying development. Kaya stated that economic stillness in China and India caused distress in the sector, however, the increase in processed product export have pleased the miners. Adding that there has been up to 14% increase in processed products, Kaya mentioned that considerable amounts of natural stone have been sold to countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. August 2014 Eldorado, Alacer and First Quantum s Latest Production Updates Turkey s biggest gold producer Tüprag, a subsidiary of Toronto based company Eldorado Gold announced the production numbers of its Uşak - Kışladağ and İzmir - Efemçuku gold mines. According to the press release dated 31 July 2014, 1st half gold production in Kışladağ reached 144,055 ounces (approximately 2,000 ounces less than last year) and ounces (approximately 6,000 ounces more than last year) in Efemçukuru. In June 26th, Tüprag recieved the EIA approval for the expansion of the Kışladağ open pit mine throughput from its current 12.5 million tonnes per annum to a maximum of 35.0 million tonnes per annum. Alacer Gold announced their Çöpler sulphide project gold production numbers for the second quarter of 2014 with a press release dated 29 July According to the release, total gold production reached 49,795 ounces and the attributable gold production (reduced by the 20% noncontrolling interest at the Çöpler Gold Mine) is 39,836 ounces. The company also mentioned that they remain on track to meet previously released full-year 2014 production and cost guidance. One of the Turkey s most important copper mining company Cayeli Bakır s, a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals, 1Q production numbers are 7,142 tonnes of copper and tonnes of zinc. September 2014 Koza Gold s 2014 First Half Report Announced Koza Gold Operations gold production increased by 14.8% to 176,627 ounces compared to the first six months of 2013 according to 2014 first half report published by the company. Company made million lira income from this gold production and the numbers of the same period in 2013 were ounces and million lira. Average grade of total produced gold in the first half 2014 was 5.31 g/t, whereas it was 5.74 g/t for the gold produced in the first six months of The increase in gold production in the first six months of 2014 is 14 October 2014 attributed to the increase in average gold grade processed in Ovacık plant, the increase in the processed ore amount after the increase in capacity at Kaymaz and to Himmetdede plant that became operational. The company holds 56 enterprises and 328 mining licenses throughout Turkey. Currently, four plants of the company have been producing gold and production rates per plants in the first six months of 2014 were as follows: Ovacık: 93,830 ounces of gold (7.54 g/t Au grade), 38,588 ounces silver (4.46 g/t Ag grade), Mastra: 16,200 ounces of gold (4.99 g/t Au grade), 11,814 ounces of silver (5.95 g/t Ag grade) Kaymaz: 62,886 ounces of gold (5.15 g/t Au grade), 31,821 ounces of silver (3.74 g/t Ag grade) Himmetdede: 3,711 ounces of gold (average grade not specified) According to Koza Gold s declaration in May, Mastra plant operations were halted for lack of storage and usage permits of forest products and explosives. In addition, ores extracted from company s Çukuralan, Çoraklıtepe plants are transferred to Ovacık plant s production facilities... August 2014

17 DRA - Afrasia Consultancy and Engineering AŞ Joint Venture Announced Istanbul, Turkey DRA of South Africa and Afrasia Mining and Energy AŞ of Turkey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces within an immediate Joint Venture on all Projects and Project potential within the Afrasia operational footprint; namely Turkey, Turkic Countries, Balkans, Middle East, North Africa and Islamic countries. The intention is to merge the two businesses over a period to create DRA Afrasia Consultancy and Engineering AŞ and which intention was communicated and launched at The Turkey-Eurasia Mining Show in Istanbul, Turkey on 3rd June The new JV between DRA and Afrasia is to offer full Mining Value Chain advisory services, engineering solutions and project financing arrangements for the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors in Turkey within the above mentioned operational footprint. This merger will now provide sectoral clients with a single point of access for all of their advisory, technical, and engineering services, including Greenfield & Brownfields exploration, mining operations right through to mine closure in addition to energy provision, energy management and environmental services. We are very excited at the level of the combined expertise and experience of DRA Afrasia can deliver. DRA Afrasia AŞ will excel at providing strategies, methodologies, best practices, technical, engineering and green field operations, engineering and operational performance improvement services, training to ensure delivering practical ideas and performance driven solutions that produce measurable business benefits to the client companies as quickly as possible said Michiel Van Niekerk (ZA), COO of DRA Global. This merger is a major vote of confidence in the future of the Turkish Mining & Energy industries in general. The broadened capability offering in the new company gives Turkish sector investors and existing operators access to world-class and best-in-class services in all areas of mining value chain under one point of contact in Turkey for the first time, said Alan Clegg, Executive Chairman at Afrasia Mining and Energy AŞ Mr. Clegg went on to add; The areas of primary focus & value-add for DRA Afrasia will now cover (1) Strategic & Mining business advisory both Technical and Financial/Financing (2) Exploration Program design & management (3) Conceptual design and feasibility studies (4) detailed design and engineering (5) Customized design of processing plants and delivery of Modular Plants (6) Large-scale mining infrastructure design (7) Specialized winding/hoisting systems and shafts (8) Headgear design (9) Project and construction management (10) Commissioning (11) Contract operations of mineral processing plants. Basically providing the best industry service offering menu locally in Turkey and in the region About DRA Group: DRA ( is truly global company with its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is one of the largest and most successful a multidisciplinary engineering group that delivers mining, minerals processing and infrastructure services from concept to commissioning as well as comprehensive operations and maintenance services and also DRA is a private company owned by our employees which number over 3,300 people globally. DRA has an office in Toronto, Canada, which deploys industry and sector professionals to support projects in Canada and South America. Additionally, DRA has offices in Australia (Perth and Brisbane), India and China, which support regional and global projects. About Afrasia Mining and Energy: Afrasia Mining and Energy AŞ, (www. provides complete solutions to the mining and minerals industry from green-fields exploration to mine closure. AFRASIA s unique end-to-end services have been developed in-house and through strategic alliances, specifically to fulfil the needs of mining companies who require comprehensive technical assistance in exploration, project development and management throughout mining life cycle and value chain. To inquire about DRA Afrasia AŞ, please or go to June 2014 Tigris Resources Latest Updates on Turkish Assets Gold and copper exploration company Tigris Resources focused on Southeastern region of Turkey and on project development in western Turkey released a press release about the listing and capital raising. The Project updates on Gömeç, were also mentioned in the press release. According to the press release, Tigris has executed a letter of intent with a view to listing its shares by means of a capital pool company transaction with Kirkcaldy Capital Corp, a Canadian TSXv-listed company. The listing and the concurrent capital raising will provide Tigris with the financial support it needs to prudently develop its current project portfolio and take advantage of the opportunities tough markets and pivotal times such as these can often present. September 2014 October

18 4th International Mediterranean Coal Markets Conference The 4th International Conference Mediterranean Coal Markets was held on September in İstanbul. The conference focused on the importance of coal trading in Mediterranean countries, latest trends and innovations in the energy industry and coal transportation in the region. Coal production and consumption figures in Europe, Northern Mediterranean, Black Sea countries, coal trading dynamics in Pacific and Atlantic basin, benchmarking discussions on coal vs gas vs renewable energy, and the share of coal in energy and cement industry were the topics discussed at the event with Mining Turkey s press sponsoring. The first day of the organization ended with a pleasant trip to Miniaturk and Bosphorus Tour. The conference started with Undersecretary of Ukraine s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Zyukov s speech. How the critical phase Ukraine had been going through due to the unrest inside affected the coal trade was an awaiting question for the attendees. In his speech, Zyukov pointed the political and social complications Ukraine was dealing with and the effects of these problems on their country and the future effects of this on Black Sea region trade. He also informed the participants about the coal mining of Ukraine. According to the data given, 16 October 2014 Ukraine s coal resources are billion tonnes on average. The currently operating reserves are 7.8 billion tonnes, out of 3.3 billion tonnes is private and 4.5 billion tonnes is state operated. Turkey with 1.2 million tonnes places the top in Ukraine s coal imports. Turkey s followers are Bulgaria with 0.9 million tonnes, and Morocco with 0.82 million tonnes. According to Yuriy Zyukov s statements, Ukraine faced a down of 3.4 million tonnes in the production due to the unrest in the country. He noted that the damaged railways and ongoing conflicts made it impossible to reach 1.5 million tonnes of coal. As a result of Ukraine s needs for different types of coal and the conflicts in the country, Ukraine called for long-term agreements. Several countries from Europe, Middle East, South Africa, North America and South America also spouted in the conference. One of the highlighted topics in the speeches was the high cost of coal energy usage. The highest cost in coal production was said to be come from mining facilities, followed by the transportation facilities which comprises one third of mining business, harbour fees, general expenses and coal preparation. In order the coal prices to be in profitable rates, 40 million tonnes of coal should be withdrawn from market. Whether China s decrease in coal import was compensated by India s increased coal import and Korea s output gap was among the discussed topics. Another issue discussed in the event was the clean energy challenge especially dominated by Germany to the coal market. Little less than 50% of the energy production of Germany in the last 3 years were via conventional methods, the rest was provided by sun, wind, biomass and wind. Natural gas systems preferred for eco-friendly usage also leaded to an effect on the coal prices. For the last 10 years, Poland had increased its coal import 3% to 21 million tonnes per annum. Even with this increase, the crisis in Russia and Ukraine, and the decrease in China s and Indonesia s imports slowed down the rise of coal prices which was expected to go up 90 USD limits hardly on October, Colombia targeted a more assertive and competitive place in the coal sector with the investments in river transportation, the new port, railway and locomotive researches. The spokesman from the USA pointed out that Turkey was the main metallurgical coal exporter of the States. In the hard coal exportation, Turkey was said to be the third country behind Morocco and Italy. September 2014 Turkish - Canadian Trade Organisation Explores Mutual Investment Opportunities The resource and energy-rich Western Canada is where significant activities are taking place in mining today. The Vancouver-based Turkish Canadian Chamber of Commerce has a mission to increase investment between the two countries to unprecedented levels. Founded by seasoned Turkish Canadian businessmen in 2009, the Chamber offers professional support services to Canadian and Turkish businesses. The Chamber is represented in Turkey by Mr. Akin Kosetorunu, Director for Turkey, who served as a commissioner for Canada for nearly 3 decades. The Chamber recognizes that while Turkish entrepreneurs and professionals are especially interested in investment immigration services, most Canadian businesses generally express need for market research for Turkey and consulting services included in some membership plans. AdvantageBC, a statutory trade promotion organisation representing 150 high-profile exporters and financial institutions in British Columbia is a full member of the Chamber. According to BC Government estimates, the Province s mega LNG project only will create a million new jobs within the next 5 years, not to mention investment and employment opportunities for Turkish companies and manpower in British Columbia. The Chamber offers quality business services to Turkish and Canadian companies pursuing business possibilities in both countries. Turkish Canadian Chamber of Commerce has a website at org. Mr. Akin Kosetorunu, based in Ankara, can be reached via akin. and Phone October 2014

19 Profile Mine Operations Management System (MOMS), Revolutionise The Mining Industry In the current world economic environment, business strategies are to drive down costs, increase yields and margins while at the same time maintaining their assets. New expansions and upgrades to existing facilities are limited as companies are holding onto their cash reserves. This is more prevalent in the mining industry as commodity prices are under severe pressure, and the cost per mined tonne is ever increasing. The biggest challenge for Mining Companies is to meet high demand by increasing ore throughput while maintaining quality. Thus, measuring downtime and identifying its causes are important contributions that MOMS (Mine Operations Management System) can make in the industry. management reporting of the mine will also be handled through MOMS. An additional benefit of MOMS is the integration of production data into an organisation s business systems (ERP). With the integration of the production and process data into the business systems the following corporate benefits are realised: Common Processes Common Data Single Versions Common Reports Benchmarking Support Model Standardisation Supports structure for Global Operating Companies Supports governance Processes and internal cost requisitions. Creating the reporting and input dimensions and frequencies allows for accurate costing at detailed process level and transactional analysis to the operations, responsibility centre and/or equipment. Due to the remoteness of the majority of mining operations, and the constraints mining companies experience in their supply chain, MOMS delivers the visibility to enable reduction in excess operating spares, stock and consumables. Finally, MOMS provides an organisation with various delivery options of KPI s, including the delivery of information and process data any Internet Compatible Device. To this end DRA Projects (Pty) Ltd developed its MOMS to enable Mining Companies to have better control over their supply chain, to have improved control and management of their Process Plants and to ensure that their assets are delivering maximum efficiencies, utilisations and availability. MOMS delivers the right information at the right time to the right people to ensure that pro-active decision making is possible for Mine Management. MOMS covers a powerful combination of financial, distribution, costing, scheduling, maintenance and production tools that can be implemented as needed. One of the key components of MOMS involves an easy to use workflow-driven set of processes to manage procurement, production, budgeting, maintenance ERP CONTACTS Afrasia Mining & Energy Consulting AS Head Office: Mustafa Kemal Mah Sokak Demirler Atlas Plaza No: 14/16 Ankara- Turkey Phone : +90 (312) Website : The availability of skilled operations and maintenance resources specifically on mines in remote locations is a real issue that affects the profitability of mines. MOMS acts as an enabler by co-ordinating maintenanceactivities as well as guiding operations staff to avoid abnormal occurrences, and ensures that the assets are used optimally and efficiently on the Process Plant. LIMS C-Class Production Scheduling Document Management Grade Control Maintenance Support Short Term Consumable Management Material Tracking Downtime Analysis Stock Pile Management Material Balance Dispatch Management Performance Management Process Monitoring BI Tools Logistics The management of and efficient use of power specifically on sites where power generators are used is another benefit of MOMS; if the proper power meters are installed MOMS will deliver a complete power billing solution to our client. The management of water and the statutory Exploration Mine Planning Short Interval Planning Drill Management MOMS Dispatch Load & Haul Stockpiles Plant Data SCADA/PLC Systems Weigh Bridge System October

20 Interview Atlas Copco s CEO Ronnie Leten Visited Turkey Every industry needs some equipment from Atlas Copco. Even if it sounds extreme at first, the words of Atlas Copco s CEO, Ronnie Leten, carry great substance. Describing Atlas Copco as a balanced and sturdy table on four legs, Leten states that the 4 important lines of business of the company, namely, Compressor Technique, Industrial Technique, Construction Technique and Mining and Rock Excavation Technique, serves humanity in 182 countries in a wide array of services and products ranging from the production of daily technological gadgets to food packaging, factories, hospitals; from generators to heavy mining machinery. Considering Turkey s market to be very important, Ronnie Leten visited Turkey and shared his views of Atlas Copco and Turkey with us. RONNIE LETEN EXPLAINS ATLAS COPCO S PRODUCTS AND MARKETS 1873 marks the year Atlas Copco started manufacturing railway cars, which left their place to compressors, mining & construction equipment and pneumatic tools in time, he states. If we focus on the sales, it is globally spread; one third of the sales are in North and South America, more than one third are in Europe and Africa and a bit less than a third are in Asia and Pacific says the CEO indicating that Atlas Copco s biggest market today is US, even though it was China just two years ago. China is a big market and we have around 7000 people working for Atlas Copco and 26 factories there, he adds. Leten proudfully describes preeminence of Atlas Copco by stating that throughout the world, about onethird of all cars produced are assembled using Atlas Copco tools. Airbus wings are especially assembled by Atlas Copco tools. Mobile phone production is another area where Atlas Copco is very dominant; all the Samsung (phones) around the world are assembled by Atlas Copco products says Leten. Atlas Copco is also dominant in the medical market since 50% of the hospitals in US are equipped with Atlas Copco medical systems as specified by the company CEO. Atlas Copco family consists of 44,000 people around the world and our engineering centers are based in Sweden and Belgium. Design and development are performed in India and China, as well, because these markets are becoming more and more important and we want to be more competitive there. Ronnie Leten shares his view of future energy solutions as follows, For the future, I think everything will be focused around environmental energy that will not stop. We still do not know about the solutions of innovations as is the nature of R&D- but we have many scientists and engineers working on finding a way to capture the heat energy that is lost and transfer it back to active energy. If someone can come-up with that solution, the world will be totally different. LETEN S OPINIONS ON THE TURKISH MARKET If we go back in time, I ve started to work for Atlas Copco in 1985, the industry in Turkey was not as active as it is these days and during the last decade, it is becoming more and more active, especially in mining and construction. Recalling an article on construction, Ronnie Leten cites that Turkey comes second after China. Especially when it comes to Middle East, Turkey is a big market and is a door to other countries. Turkey also has a good education system and graduates good mechanical engineers. The share of Turkey in our With the Pleiades programme, Atlas Copco aims at contributing to the careers of women employees and increase the number of higher ranking women within the group. During his visit of Atlas Copco Turkey s office in Tuzla, Ronnie Leten joined the women employees Pleiades meeting and presented his guidance on their career planning, targets and strategies to achieve these 18 October 2014

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