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09:10 - 10:30
Exploration Sector Outlook

Joaquin Jara, Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Joe Mazumdar, Co-editor and Analyst, Exploration Insights

09:10 - 09:40
Assessing the metals and minerals that continue to drive the exploration sector in Latin America.
09:40 - 10:40
Panel Discussion: As the copper industry embarks on a new cycle and new projects become incentivised this session discusses some of the key reasons behind the pitfalls of the past and proposes a range of possible solutions.
  • Copper prices rally – Market Trends and Opportunities.
  • Where do we currently stand in the industry in terms of budget allocation for exploration?
  • Why are feasibility studies rarely achieved in operation and what can be done to improve accuracy?
  • How can predicting capital costs and first cash flows be improved?
  • What are the risks and rewards of joint ventures and strategic partnerships in exploration?
  • Should the mining companies be investing in maintaining their exploration budgets over the mining cycles?
  • Lithium projects in Latin America – Focus in Chile

11:10 - 12:15
Comparing Investment Attractiveness

Michael Cullen, Senior Partner, Control Risks

11:10 - 11:30
Keynote Presentation: Region Specific Risk

12:15 - 13:10
Investing in Innovation

12:15 - 13:10
Panel discussion: Which exploration technologies are showing the greatest promise in identifying new deposits and driving down costs.
  • What can greater digital effectiveness bring to the mining exploration industry?
  • What could be the role of new technology in speeding up exploration in under-explored regions

14:30 - 15:30
Access to Capital for Exploration Projects

Martin Valdes, Partner, Managing Director, Resource Capital Funds

14:30 - 15:30
When will exploration project finance comeback?
  • What are the investment incentives needed to re-boost exploration?
  • What are the business models that the industry should introduce to stimulate exploration?
  • Why are cost overruns so frequent in exploration programmes and how does that impact investment decisions?
  • What are the best strategies for purchase and sale of exploration projects and what is the outlook for M&A?

Martin Valdes, Partner, Managing Director, Resource Capital Funds

16:00 - 17:00
Exploration Projects Risk

16:00 - 17:00
Panel Discussion – Project Risk
  • How can project specific costs such as skilled labour, infrastructure and energy be most accurately predicted
  • Identifying and mitigating project risk Best practice in achieving community acceptance and participation during exploration

09:30 - 11:00
Keynote session – Continuous Improvement

  • Examining overall copper demand and the specific contribution that will be made by green technology in automotive, energy generation and distribution
  • Evaluating the status of project pipeline
  • Managing cost inflation in a bull market – lessons from the supercycle
  • More automation may change the relationship between miners, governments and communities. What steps are being taken to mitigate conflicts in the future?
  • What can be done to stimulate exploration and expedite development?
  • Investigating best practice in productivity globally, to what extent are lessons transferable?
  • What steps are miners taking to cultivate relationship with unions and local communities?

Nelson Pizarro, Chief Executive Officer, Codelco
Harry Conger, President & COO, Americas and Africa Mining, Freeport-McMoRan
Jorge Gómez, Executive President, Minera Collahuasi
Hennie Faul, Chief Executive Officer, Copper, Anglo American
Arnaud Soirat, Chief Executive, Copper & Diamonds,, Rio Tinto
Vanessa Davidson, Director of Copper Research and Strategy, CRU

11:30 - 12:30
Driving Mine Digitalisation

  • Exploring key cost drivers in the mining sector including: declining ore grades, complex concentrates, energy, water scarcity and tailings management
  • Can gains in energy and water efficiency, process productivity, predictability, environmental protection, mine reliability, asset management and safety offset these costs?


14:30 - 16:30
Stream 1

14:30 - 15:30
Panel Discussion: Community Relations and Sustainability
Francisco Javier Lecaros M., Presidente Ejecutivo, Fundación Minera de Chile
Reinalina Chavarri M., Directora Observatorio Sostenibilidad, Universidad de Chile
15:30 - 16:30
Price and market panel
  • Will China close the gap between mine and refined output and refined output and consumption?
  • The outlook for new projects - assessing the size and duration of the concentrates deficit
  • What impact will the concentrates deficit have on TC/RCs, smelters and smelter projects, and demand for scrap and complex concentrates?
  • What do we know about Chinese overseas investment and its impact on the market balance?
  • What is the status of the proposed US infrastructure bill and how would this affect the copper market?
  • To what extent will electric vehicles improve the demand outlook? 
  • Analysing a range of copper price outlooks
Duncan Hobbs, Research Manager, Concord Resources Ltd

14:30 - 17:00
Stream 2

14:30 - 17:00
Case Study Collection - This session will include detailed examples of technological advancements in the following areas:
  • Underground mining
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water stewardship
  • Tailings management
  • Imaging and mapping
  • Carbon abatement

  • 09:10 - 10:30
    Keynote session – Industry leaders will share their views on the growth potential in some of the world’s leading markets

    • Exploring the outlook mine output, refined production and consumption in China
    • Focussing on the outlook for African copper – particularly Chinese investment in the DRC
    • The outlook in the Indian copper market
    • Charting the challenges and opportunities in the Peruvian market

    Abraham Chahuan, Chief Executive Officer, Compania Minera Antamina S.A
    J.C Laddha, Head - Copper Business, Hindalco Industries

    10:30 - 11:15
    Panel Disucssion - Scrap

    • What is the outlook for copper scrap availability in the short and medium term?
    • How favourable will the concentrates deficit be for scrap suppliers?
    • What are the prospects for old and new copper scrap generation particularly in China?
    • How much scope is there to increase the direct use of scrap in semis production?
    • What impact will scrap availability have on Chinese smelter projects?

    11:45 - 12:05
    New Energy Vehicles

    • What is the likely vehicle mix of the future and how will this vary regionally?
    • Assessing material intensity in vehicles and infrastructure
    • What is the potential impact on demand and what are the implications for the market balance?

    Rolanda Lay, Senior Consultant, CRU

    12:05 - 13:10
    Demand drivers in conductors, motors and water distribution and treatment

    • Cu opportunities in water distribution and treatment
    • Competing hi-tech conductors
    • Substitution and Motors