Finding the best possible technological solution for mine planning, construction, modernisation or closure is a complex task and often involves creative approach and analysis of alternative offers. Striving to achieve greater efficiency in innovative exchange and peer-to-peer engagement between the mining companies and vendors, MINEX Eurasia Forum is organising on 22nd November the 1st MineTech Eurasia competition of innovative solutions and technologies.


Invitation to technology and service providers

The UK and International supply chain companies are invited to present to present potential solutions to improve mining productivity and efficiency of existing and new mines in Central Asia, Mongolia, Balkans region and Russia.

Participation in the competition is both a challenge and an opportunity. The development of creative solutions will undoubtedly take more time and resources than the preparation of a standard corporate presentation. At the same time, contenders will have an opportunity to better understand the technical challenges that subsoil users have to deal with, and also increase the chance to attract new orders and customers.

Winners will be selected by a jury composed of regional mining and awarded with diplomas and valuable prizes at the Awards dinner on 22nd November.

How to take part?

Step 1: Review terms

Step 2: Complete presentation proposal

Step 3: Present at the competition and take part in one-on-one meetings

Categories covered in the competition:

  • Geology and resource definition
  • Mineral processing
  • Tailings and waste management
  • Health, safety, environment and social
  • Industry 4.0 and process optimisation

Invitation to mining companies

Mining companies looking for ingenious and unorthodox technological solutions are invited to participate in MineTech as Partners by offering challenges.

How to take part?

Please contact organisers to discuss your requirements and ideas

MINEX Central Asia Examples

Previous examples from Mine-Tech competition technical challenges

MINEX Central Asia Forum in Astana

ERG challenges

Innovation task: Disposal in ferroalloy production dust Including the dust of gas cleaning systems.

Innovation task: Complex recycling of overburden, tailings, and metallurgical production waste. Complex extraction of rare and rare-earth elements. Additional recovery of the main components from historic tailing dumps. Production of non-traditional products from waste dumps materials (including waste dumps of alumina and aluminum production, as well as ferroalloys, manganese ore and iron ore, thermal coal production, power generation).

Innovation task: Producing of powders for additive manufacturing. Creating powders based on aluminum alloys and other complex alloys, sand-polymer compositions from waste products.

Innovation task: Coal processing for liquid and gas fuel production. Technologies of converting regular and off-grade coal into synthetic fuels.

Innovation task: The reduction (collection) of the coal combustion emissions using the advanced geo-exploration method.

Polymetal Eurasia challenge: Reduction of dust emissions into the environment during mining and blasting operations

Problem: The open mining and blasting operations in quarry conditions are accompanied by the release of a large volume of industrial dust into the atmosphere, which has a negative impact on the environment.

With the close location of residential development to the mining site, there are serious difficulties with ensuring compliance with environmental safety and with established standards in the sanitary protection zone of the enterprise.

Task: To develop measures and solutions to reduce dust emissions to the atmosphere while conducting mining and blasting operations in a quarry.


JONATHAN EVES, Director, Eco-nomic Innovations Ltd 

Technological solution for Kazzinc Challenge: SpecSep: the next innovation in Dense Medium Separation (DMS).

Summary: SpecSep™ is a patented process that increases the separation efficiency in Dense Media Separation and reduces media consumption. Extremely coarse media is used in the SpecSep™ process and by immersing the DM cyclone in a magnetic field, similar media stability is achieved to that of conventional DMS. The coarse media is less viscous and more easily washed and recovered thus achieving better separation and reduced media consumption. The invention is low cost and low risk as there are no changes to the DMS plant other than adding solenoids to each cyclone cone section and specifying non-magnetic cyclone cone sections (e.g. stainless steel casing) from the mine’s cyclone suppliers.

JOHN VAN EEGHEN, Founder & CEO, Reality Check 

Technological solution for Kazzinc Challenge: Using Virtual Reality to Showcase Mining Projects to Investors and Other Stakeholders

Summary: Traditional institutional mining funds are shrinking and their holdings are becoming more concentrated. For mining companies, the need to engage with the widest possible group of investors and to help them reach a positive investment decision has never been more necessary. Showcasing your assets in Virtual Reality via the Reality Check platform is the most compelling and cost-effective way to engage with potential investors and other stakeholders. Don’t wait for investors to find the time to visit your site, take your site to your investors with Reality Check.

FUAD ASADOV, General Director, ThoroughTec Simulation LLC.

presented a solution for Polymetal ChallengeTechnological solution for Polymetal Challenge: Innovative methods of accelerated development of human capital in the mining industry.

Summary: Integration of cutting-edge high-fidelity simulator-based training systems into mining workforce training and certification programs

DAVID TAIT, Geochemist, SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd

Technological solution for ERG challenge: Application of the Minex Process for extraction of metals from metallurgical wastes.

Summary: The Minex Process is a proprietary chloride vapour process for the extraction of metals from metallurgical wastes. It is proposed that the Minex process could present a solution to several of the ERG MineTech challenges with respect to recycling of mining and metallurgical wastes and recovery of precious metals and/or other metals as required.

SAM GBOSE, Founder & CEO of IntelliSense.io 

Technological solution for ERG challenge: Implementation of Smart Plant Elements

Summary: There is no solution available today that integrates in real time, surface infrastructure realities with the subsurface production data to deliver actionable information incorporating both financial and technical constraints to make the best operating decision. This real time decision making can ensure the supply demand balance is maintained by considering geological realities and consumables like Acid Consumption and Energy Usage are optimised alongside equipment condition.

MINEX Russia Examples

Previous examples from Mine-Tech competition technical challenges

MINEX Russia Forum in Moscow


Task: The development of mineral reserve base using advanced mobile drilling and analytical technologies.

Challenge: Creating express laboratories for gold and silver, operational analysis of samples during the prospecting (techniques, equipment), the use of small drilling rigs within the framework of geological exploration.

Task: Resource conservation/Renewable resources.

Challenge: Extracting precious metals from liquid phase XX. Regeneration of sodium cyanide and repeated use in the technical process. Chemicals, technologies, and equipment to supress sorption activity of ores with the high content of carbon. Sources of energy for quarry machinery, the alternative to diesel fuel, for remote Far East locations.

Task: Digital technologies for technological processes enhancement


IGOR VASILYEV, Operations director, Mineral Exploration Network (Finland)

Technological solution for the Polymetal challenge: New method of geochemical exploration for gold and other precious metals

Summary: Mineral Exploration Network together with Saint Petersburg State University developed and successfully introduced in industrial application new method of geochemical exploration for gold and other precious metals. New method allow significantly increase production rate and decrease costs of operations with detection limits on the par with traditional analytical techniques. Sample preparation is simple and could be done in the field and analytical facilities could be established in central camp.

SERGEY KHLEBANOV, Adviser on geology, Anakon Group

Technological solution for the Polymetal challenge: Modular express laboratory (sample preparation and tests to gold and silver) on the self-propelled and-or articulated landing gear.

At the execution of explorations to the first place necessity of operational definition of useful component in tests gets out. Receipt of the result of the analysis in shortest terms allows controlling volumes and the direction of explorations, conducting them on the most promising sections. And in such cases, modular laboratory to landing gear becomes the sole optimum variant.

SHAUN GRAHAM, Application specialist, Carl Zeiss Microscopy

Technological solution for the Polymetal challenge: Big data analytics to drive productivity optimisation

Despite the predictability of the mining boom and bust cycle, mining productivity has declined over the past decade. Digging it out fast when commodity prices are high has not protected miners from drops in the market. Ore grades are declining; transport distances from the face are increasing as mines mature and ore body replacement rates are dropping. As a result, miners are now looking at the implementation of big data analytics to their environment to improve productivity and efficiency throughout the entire process chain. A communication hive throughout the mine, between automated systems and operators, can speed up production changes by making decentralised decisions based on automated data gathering and analysis. In the short interval, an interconnection of computing devices (IOT) will allow information transfer backward or forward along the line to implement data-driven optimisation. In the longer interval, automated mineralogy data will feedback to the block model and so understanding of the resource is continuously refined and efficiency is continuously improved.