Author Archives: Natalia Kirsanova

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Transeuropean is holding series of webinars for mining engineers and other industry professional on geology, resources reporting, processing, water and tailings management, safety in surface and underground mining operations and automation. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase one’s capability, networking and business development. If you are interested to present in Zoom to groups of 20-25 senior technical executives and engineers please get in touch with Natalia Kirsanova, director on 07768 081863 or office@transconf.com

Terrafame Mine in Northern Finland – High Efficiency, Profitability and Ecology

A group of geologists, enrichment technologists and occupational safety and health specialists from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine attended an intensive training seminar with technical visits to Helsinki and Talvivaara.

At the Terrafame open-cast polymetallic mine (formerly Talvivaara), the delegation studied the organization of mining operations and examined the heap bioleaching zone, where the gold extraction process takes place, even in severe frosts, at a temperature of 40-60C due to the exothermic reaction in the heap. The technological scheme and equipment of the crushing line was disclosed in detail in the reports of Sandvik and Outotec specialists. 

The delegates for the geological section from MMC Norilsk Nickel, Norilskgeology and AGD Diamonds examined issues of quality control of geological exploration and core samples (speaker Dr. Julia Cherepanova), studied the On-Line Mine technology of the Finnish company IMA Engineering – collection and analysis in real time data on the metal content during production activities from core, drilling waste and from ore on a conveyor belt and visited the Finland Geological Survey GTK, founded in 1885 by decree of Emperor Alexander III.

In the photo: Specialists of MMC Norilsk Nickel, Norilskgeology, NGK Resource, Kazkhmys Corporation, Ferrexpo – Poltava GOK, Zolotorudnaya Kompaniya and AGD Diamonds – at Terrafame mine together with the Director of Mining Operations Reijo Uusitalo and the Director for Sustainability Reijo Uusitalo development Veli-Matti Hilla
In the photo: Heap bioleaching zone at Terrafame mine
Delegation inspecting Sandvik drill rigs
In the photo: Ch. NGK Resource technologist Leonid Kazakov examines details of Sandvik jaw and cone crushers

Mining in the world of innovation: new technologies to ensure high profitability of mines. Advanced tailings solutions. Technical visits to Neves Corvo and MATSA mines

Lisbon – Neves Corvo – Aguas Tenidas – Seville (Portugal-Spain) September 16-21, 2019

The practical implementation of the most advanced technical solutions for tailings thickening and a compacting compact tailing dump was demonstrated to a delegation of leading experts and managers of mining companies of Russia and Kazakhstan in Portugal at the Neves-Corvo ore processing plant of the Canadian company Lundin.

The project and equipment were delivered by Outotec, a Finnish company, the world leader in tailings and water management. Thanks to this technology, the need for tailings areas is reduced significantly. Outotec’s head of hydrotechnical solutions and tailings utilization Arturo Gutierrez del Olmo spoke in detail and demonstrated the technologies introduced at the mine to eliminate the extension of the dam and tail slopes due to dewatering of tailings, and Outotec equipment for tailings thickening and filtering.

During the second technical visit to Spain, the seminar participants visited the ore processing plant of the Swiss-Abu Dhabi company MATSA, where they got acquainted in detail with the norms and regime of industrial safety, technical equipment and the operation of an ultramodern enrichment plant with its fully automated control room, sample preparation laboratory and organization work of a chemical analytical laboratory.

Among the participants of the event were specialists of Daltsvetmet, Eurochem-Usolsky Potash Plant, IMC Montan, AGD Diamonds, Uralkali, Sary-Kazna and Eurochem-Project. In the evening, free from work at the seminar, the participants took a swim in the Atlantic Ocean and got acquainted with the history of Lisbon and Seville.

Photo 1 Tail dewatering, filtration and storage at the Neves Corvo plant (Lundin company) in Portugal
Photo 2 Neves Corvo tailing dump (tailings thickening up to 62% solids)
Photo 3 Seminar participants at the MATSA processing plant (Spain)

June 24-28, 2019 Stavanger (Norway) Intelligent field as a method of increasing production and optimizing costs. Digitization of drilling processes.

A group of executives and specialists from leading Russian oil and gas companies, including Lukoil, Rosneft and Gazpromneft, studied the practical experience and economic effect of implementing solutions for digitizing and automating the drilling and production of hydrocarbons on the continental shelf of the North Sea. Baker Hughes General Electric, Cognite, Weatherford, Exebenus, FutureOn, Kongsberg Digital, Wellit, MHWirth, and others presented their innovative solutions for digitizing key production and business processes to Russian oil companies.

The workshop participants also visited the Norwegian Oil and Gas Research Center NORCE and the experimental Ullrig drilling rig (drilling depth 2.3 km), where robots are being introduced to fully automate the connection of pipes during descent.


Photo: workshop participants at the working level of an experimental Ullrig drilling rig
Photo: Russian executives inspect a robotic pipe manipulator.

Applying CRIRSCO, JORC и NI-43101 Standards for Mineral Reserves Audit. London 11-17 November 2018

The application of CRIRSCO, JORC, NI-43101 and NAEN standards in assessing the geological reserves of metal ores and other solid minerals was considered in practical terms at a seminar in London from 11-17 November 2018.
Mark Campodonic, Director and Consultant, SRK (UK) shared extensive experience in auditing mineral reserves and preparing reports on reserves and reserves with delegates from Kazakhstan and Russian geological and mining companies. This topic is particularly relevant now for the Republic of Kazakhstan, where in 2018 it was decided to introduce international standards for reporting reserves and reserves of KAZRC / CRIRSCO.
Phil Newall, CEO and Dr Yulia Cherepanova from Wardell Armstrong, Luke Balleny from the International Mining and Metallurgical Council, Hilco van Moerkerk, GEOREKA software developer HvM, Michael Pernette from Canadian Geosoft and others also spoke at the seminar.


Photo. At presentation by Mark Campodonic, Director and Chief Consultant, SRK (UK) Ltd.


Photo. Seminar attendees – resource geologists from Kazgeology, Altynalmas, Norilsk Nickel and ArsellorMittal Temirtau

Increasing the recovery rate and automating processes at the concentrators: the experience of the Neves-Corvo plant Portugal, October 29 – November 2, 2018

The managers and specialists of Evraz and Norilsk Nickel studied the organization of work at two concentrators at Somincor’s Neves Corvo mine, the Portuguese branch of the Canadian company Lundin, and heard technical reports from leading automation and productivity specialists in the enrichment and logistics units. Great interest was also aroused by the reports of Mark Yseboodt – Siemens AG, Harri Hokka and Harri Lehto – Outotec and Eugen Becker – Thyssenkrupp.
At Neves-Corvo, the workshop participants met with managers and specialists and visited two concentrators at the Somincor mine. At one factory capacity of crushing and enrichment of copper ore is 2.6 million tons per year.
The second factory with a capacity of 1.0 million tons per year, originally intended for the processing of tin, is now producing zinc and copper concentrate.
In both factories, equipment for secondary crushing, grinding systems with rod and ball mills, flotation cells, and systems for compacting and dewatering concentrate are installed.
At the processing complex, additional equipment was mounted for re-grinding of copper tailings with the aim of additional extraction of copper and zinc concentrate from old tailings.
The total number of personnel in two factories that work in five shifts is 219, which also includes maintenance workers, workers of the tailing dump, water purification and drivers of transport for the processing plant.
The mining village of Castro Verde pleasantly impressed the Russian processors with their well-groomed, modern design of houses and a comfortable hotel.


Photo 1 Crushing workshop


Photo 2 The Russian delegation examines a zinc concentrator


Photo 3 Workshop participants in the Neves-Corvo flotation plant

Conference and Technical Workshop on drilling oil and gas wells – Germany September 10-14, 2018

A representative delegation of leading specialists and managers of oil and gas and drilling companies of Russia and Azerbaijan participated in the program of technical visits organized by the Transeuropean Centre and the international drilling conference in Celle.
It was here in 1859 that the first oil well in Europe was drilled. Now in Celle – Hanover there is a cluster of oilfield services companies and manufacturers of innovative equipment for the oil industry.

Participants of this business trip made detailed acquaintance with mobile drilling rigs, coiled tubing units, installations for automatic connection of pipes and other equipment for drilling and production of oil and repair of wells on offshore and onshore platforms.

The delegation visited the technology and production centers of the companies Baker Hughes, Max Streicher GmbH, KOLLER Solutions, Instral BV and Weatherford, as well as the Drilling Simulator Celle at the Clausthal Technical University.

Among the participants of the event were senior managers and engineers of LUKOIL-Nizhnevolzhskneft, Tatburneft, Drilling Systems Co., Gulf Drilling Supply Azerbaijan and Tyumen Industrial University.


Photo: The delegation is viewing latest equipment by Weatherford.


Photo: Russian and Azerbaijan oil and drilling delegation at Celle Drilling Simulator.

Visit to Garpenberg and Zinkgruvan mines in Sweden. November 2017

From October 23-25, we organised a visit to Boliden’s mine at Garpenberg ​​in Sweden, in addition to a visit to the Atlas Copco office in Stockholm and the test mine and technology center in Orebro. Leading mining companies Norilsk Nickel, Evrazholding, Arselor Mitall Temirtau, Zaporizhstal, EuroChem, Uralenergoresurs and other participated. The participants got acquainted with the experience of the Swedish companies Boliden and Lundin after achieving record performance due to the automation of underground works and digitization of production processes.

Photo: visiting test mine of Atlas Copco in Stockholm.

Photo: group visiting Zinkgruvan mine in Sweden.

Photo: control room of Garpenberg mine of Boliden.