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09:00 - 17:00
Site visit to Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales

The departure for the site visit is Sunday 2nd April. Delegates will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation requirements to and from site visit.

Chuquicamata is an open pit copper and gold mine and is the largest mine of its type in the world, it is located 15km North of Calama in the Antofagasta region. Ministro Hales is located 2.600 meters above sea level, it is an open pit mine in operation since 2010 producing copper calcine, copper and silver concentrates

09:00 - 12:00
Productivity in the Chilean Copper Mining Industry

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome words
Joseph Ramos, President, National Productivity Commission
Alejandra Wood, Executive Director, CESCO
09:15 - 10:00
Productivity in the Chilean Copper Mining Industry
Alfie Ulloa, Executive Secretary, National Productivity Commission
10:00 - 10:30
Conversation Panel
Alfie Ulloa, Executive Secretary, National Productivity Commission
Dale Andres, Senior Vice President, Base Metals, Teck
Vanessa Davidson, Director of Copper Research and Strategy, CRU
Charles Moore, Director, Resources, Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, Government of South Australia
10:30 - 10:50
Coffee Break
10:50 - 11:30
Benchmark and Productivity Gaps - 2015
Luis Felipe Ross, , Matrix Consulting
11:30 - 12:00
Conversation Panel
Luis Felipe Ross, , Matrix Consulting
Jorge Gómez, Executive President, Minera Collahuasi
Kevin O'Kane, President, BHP Billiton Pampa Norte
Juan Esteban Fuentes, Head of South America, Consulting, CRU
12:00 - 12:15
Closure of the Productivity session
Joaquin Villarino, Executive President, Consejo Minero

12:30 - 17:30
International Exploration Forum

12:30 - 12:30
Chairman’s opening remarks
12:30 - 13:00
In light of high wages, low productivity and resource competition what strategies should the Chilean government be taking to boost exploration?
Marcelo Olivares, Lawyer, Member of the Board, CESCO
13:00 - 14:00
Panel discussion

Francisco Camus, Geologist,
Roberto Freraut, Explorations Manager, Codelco
Diego Hernandez, President, Sonami
Erich Schnake, Vice Minister, Mining, Government of Chile
14:00 - 14:30
Mid Size Mining in Chile
Strategy and opportunity in the exploration path
Sebastian Rios, CEO, Pucobre
14:30 - 15:15
Panel Discussion

Charles Moore, Director, Resources, Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, Government of South Australia
Sebastian Rios, CEO, Pucobre
Nicolas Fuster, Development VP, Next Minerals
15:15 - 16:00
Refreshment break

16:00 - 16:30
Costs and returns of exploration: Where are we headed
  • Can technology and productivity gains drive down the costs of exploration?
  • Do jurisdictions with good geology and high degrees of political and taxation stability still exist?
  • is there an alternative to mining in frontier jurisdictions long term?
Michael Doggett, President, El Olivar Imperial
16:30 - 17:00
Focus on China
  • Will the Chinese government continue to pursue favourable policies for growth ahead of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party?
  • How feasible are large scale infrastructure projects such as "One belt One Road" and the Mega City project?
Joe Zhou, Program Manager, Market Analysis and Outreach, International Copper Association, China
17:00 - 17:00
Close of the program

14:30 - 16:00
Breakout Session: ICA Workshop: Copper demand and substitution

For the latest information on how electric vehicles, substitution, Chinese demand and regulations are projected to influence copper use join this interactive and focussed workshop.

  • How important are electric vehicles for future copper demand?
  • Is substitution from aluminum alloy wire & cable a cause for concern?
  • What is the real impact of China’s 13th five-year investment plan on copper demand?
  • What are the key new regulations affecting copper use and what impact will they have?

Colin Bennett, Market Analysis and Outreach, International Copper Association
Fred Ni, Vice President, BYD Americas
Li Bin, Chief Engineer, Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group
Sandy Monahan, Partner, The Martec Group
Paul Dewison, Owner, MetalPlus

09:00 - 11:20
Opening Presentation and Keynote Speakers

Welcome address
Robert Perlman, Chairman, CRU

09:05 - 09:20
Government keynote presentation and keynote session: Mining strategies for the 2020s
  • Delivering short- and long-term investor value – what are the key challenges at this point in the cycle?
  • What measures are being taken to improve productivity?
  • How has the project pipeline evolved over the last five years and what is the long-term incentive price for new projects?
  • Are maintenance and related cost reductions sustainable?
  • How are energy, water, social and labour related challenges likely to evolve?
Aurora Williams, Minister of Mines, Government of Chile
09:20 - 09:35
Keynote: Nelson Pizarro
Nelson Pizarro, Chief Executive Officer, Codelco
09:35 - 09:50
Keynote: Daniel Malchuk
Daniel Malchuk, President Operations Minerals Americas, BHP Billiton
09:50 - 10:05
Keynote: Ivan Arriagada
Ivan Arriagada, CEO, Antofagasta plc
10:05 - 10:20
Keynote: Arnaud Soirat
Arnaud Soirat, Chief Executive, Copper & Diamonds, Rio Tinto
10:20 - 10:35
Keynote: Jorge Gomez
Jorge Gómez, Executive President, Minera Collahuasi
10:35 - 10:50
Keynote: Vanessa Davidson
Vanessa Davidson, Director of Copper Research and Strategy, CRU
10:50 - 11:20
Questions and Answers

12:10 - 13:00
Next level technology

Delivering high levels of productivity, safety, environmental protection, and predictability whilst reducing labour costs, energy costs and capital intensity is a perennial challenge in the mining industry. In an environment of unpredictable energy costs, depleting ores and grades, water scarcity, complex concentrates and high degrees of public and governmental scrutiny, the bar to bringing new mines, desalinisation plants and energy projects on stream is set much higher. This session will analyse the latest technological advances to assist the industry adhere to its stated aims whilst maximising value for all stakeholders.

Darryn Quayle, Executive Vice President, Natural Resources Sector, Alexander Proudfoot
Dave Lawson, President - Mining, Amec Foster Wheeler
Paige Wilson, President, Mining & Metals, Senior Vice President, Bechtel
Michael Harris, Managing Director Business Development, Copper & Latin America, Rio Tinto
Eduardo Gallestey, Global Technology Manager for Mining and Metals, ABB

14:30 - 15:30
Plenary Session 2: Economic and market expectations

  • What is the size of the surplus in 2017?
  • Will the market enter deficit in 2018 or 2019?
  • What is the price outlook and when will project incentive levels be reached?
  • Is India going to drive the next super cycle, and, if so, when?
  • Are all the Chinese smelter projects really going to go ahead and what impact would Chinese cathode self-sufficiency have on refined and concentrate trade flows?
  • The outlook for mine production, smelter and refining capacity and the impact on TC/RCs
  • Will the SRB be buyers or sellers in 2017?
  • What is the outlook for the USD?
  • Is there upside potential for Chinese GDP?

Michael Lion, President, Lion Consulting Asia and Everwell Resources Ltd
Max Layton, Managing Director, Commodities Research, Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs
Natasha Kaneva, Executive Director, Global Commodities, J.P. Morgan
Robert Edwards, Managing Consultant, Copper, CRU
Bart Melek, Director and Head of Global Commodity Strategy, TD Securities

14:30 - 17:00
Breakout: Innovation showcase

The innovation showcase will once again provide an opportunity for companies to highlight how their technology, process or performance innovations are helping miners and smelters improve their efficiency and sustainability

14:30 - 14:50
Copper Concentrate Drying Technology by Tsukishima Steam Tube Dryer
Satoshi Suwa, General Manager (for Dryer) Process Design, Tsukishima Kikai Co., Ltd

14:50 - 15:10
Improving copper bath smelting and converting performance via optimized oxygen injection with ALSI Technology
Philippe Blostein, Metals Marketing Director, Air Liquide

Joel Kapusta, Director - Technology Mining & Metals, BBA

15:10 - 15:30
Copper to the World - Innovating to discover and engage
Charles Moore, Director, Resources, Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, Government of South Australia
15:30 - 15:50
MOD Resources unveil significant new potential in the Kalahari Copper Belt
Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Business Development Manager, MOD Resources Limited
15:50 - 16:10
Cascabel - Towards a world clas copper - gold development in Northern Ecuador
Jason Ward, Exploration Manager, SolGold
16:10 - 16:30
Sea Water Pipeline Technical Issues
Luis Navarro, Process Manager, BRASS Chile S.A.

15:30 - 16:30
Plenary Panel discussion: Strategies for financing mines, desalination and energy projects

  • A look at the diversification of the investor base and funding sources through debt, equity and hybrid products
  • NI 43101 and other bankable feasibility studies
  • Strategies for dealing with technical and other project risks when seeking finance
  • Build-Operate-Transfer schemes and their role in financing mining infrastructure
  • Given the immediate need for new large scale projects, are commodity price forecasts sufficient to attract banks and investors?

Cynthia Urda Kassis, Partner & Co, Head of Mining & Metals Group, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Nicholas Hopper, Managing Director, Rosthchild Co
Gordon Bodgen, Executive Chairman, Black Loon Metals
David Trafford, Chief Executive Officer, Consulting, CRU
Guillermo Kaelin, Head of Latin America, Appian Capital Advisory

Close of day one

16:30 - 16:50
After 140 years, how does the LME continue to support the copper market?

  • History of the LME and establishment of LME Copper
  • Market trends, open interest and physical movements
  • Q4 2016 volatility: market signals pre- and post-US election
  • How the LME is meeting the needs of copper market users today

Matthew Chamberlain, Interim CEO, London Metal Exchange

09:00 - 09:05
Chairman's opening remarks

09:00 - 09:05
Dave Lawson, President - Mining, Amec Foster Wheeler

09:05 - 10:20
Keynote Session and Keynote Speakers: Growth Markets

  • Focus on China
  • The Macri government and Argentina’s potential in the copper market
  • What strategies is the Peruvian government employing to improve community relations?
  • India growth story and Vedanta- Sterlite Copper strategy and plans

09:05 - 09:20
Highlight Presentation: Gonzalo Tamayo
Gonzalo Tamayo, Minister of Energy and Mines, Government of Peru

09:20 - 09:35
Keynote session: Jiangqiang Wu
Jiangqiang Wu, President, Chinalco China Copper
09:35 - 09:50
Keynote: Raúl Jacob
Raúl Jacob, Vice-president of Finance & CFO, Southern Copper
09:50 - 10:05
Keynote: P. Ramnath
P. Ramnath, Chief Executive Officer, Sterlite Copper, Vedanta
10:05 - 10:20
Keynote: Michael Staffas
Mikael Staffas, President, Boliden Mines

10:20 - 10:40
Plenary Session 4: Copper scrap

  • What is the short-term outlook for the copper scrap market?
  • Examining smelting and refining capacity balances
  • Smelter and semis capacity growth trends in China and their impact on concentrates and scrap markets
  • Current trends on exchanges and financial markets and their impact
  • Analysing China’s progress toward scrap self-sufficiency

Michael Lion, President, Lion Consulting Asia Ltd, and Everwell Resources Ltd

11:40 - 12:00
Highlight presentation: Donald R. Lindsay

11:10 - 11:40
Donald R. Lindsay, President & Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited

12:00 - 12:45
Plenary Session 5: Key issues related to future copper demand

  • Impact of electric vehicles and overall electro-mobility trends
  • Threat from aluminum and aluminum alloy in wire & cable
  • China 13th five-year plan: Update and expansion of copper impact analysis
  • Key regulatory environments and their copper impact

Colin Bennett, Market Analysis and Outreach, International Copper Association
Fred Ni, Vice President, BYD Americas
Li Bin, Chief Engineer, Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group
Sandy Monahan, Partner, The Martec Group
Paul Dewison, Owner, MetalPlus
Franco Gonzalez, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEX

14:30 - 16:30
Plenary Session 6: Metallurgical Sulphuric Acid

  • Improvements in SO2 capture in Chile – timing and effectiveness of proposed programmes
  • Changes in smelting industry structure and investment in the Americas
  • Long-term incentive prices and site costs – are they sufficiently attractive to bring potential SXEW mines on stream?
  • Will EW mines delay closure due to good market conditions beyond 2017?
  • Can sulfide leaching replace copper supply at Electo Winning facilities in Chile
  • The global and Latin American sulphuric acid market outlook
  • What is the potential for acid price change beyond 2017?

Ian Craig, Business Developer, Shell Cansolv
Racha Assaf, Licensing Technology Manager, Shell Cansolv
Erik Heimlich, Senior Consultant, CRU
Jorge Cantallopts, Director of Research, Cochilco
Peter Harrisson, Senior Consultant, CRU

Close of Conference

14:30 - 16:30
Workshop Price Risk Management

14:30 - 16:30
CME Workshop

COMEX contract specifications
  • Fee comparisons
  • Cost advantages
  • Margin offsets

Latest COMEX volumes and open interest
  • Expansive growth in market share/volume/open interest
  • Venues for trading CME copper (Globex, clearport and blocktrades, CME Direct)
COMEX Copper Futures delivery process explained
  • Product Registration/Physical Specifications
  • Warehouse Locations
  • Detailed look at the 3 day delivery cycle
  • Storage processes 
  • Removal of product from warehouse

LME/COMEX arbitrage trades
  • Hedging and pricing strategies
Thomas Hart, Metals Director, CME Group