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Copper excitement builds

Copper to the World Conference.

South Australia’s Copper to the World Conference has become a global forum for copper connections across the value chain. (Photo 416628)
South Australia’s Copper to the World Conference has become a global forum for copper connections across the value chain. The 2017 conference drew a full house. (Photo 416628)

With rising interest on ways to fill the emerging global copper supply gap, a dynamic line-up of speakers will converge on Adelaide to bring their latest insights on opportunities for the sector.

Copper to the World Conference Chair, Charles Moore, is delighted with the way the program is shaping up, bolstered by the addition of new international speakers.

Held on 26 June, topics will span the international outlook for copper, Australian and global perspectives on new technologies in copper mining, and the ongoing work to discover the next resource.

New Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, will officially open the conference and share how the sector is working together to leverage value out of South Australia’s high-quality, long-life copper endowment.

Hal Stillman, who serves as Director of Technology Development and Transfer for the International Copper Association, will outline coming developments that will soon take hold of the copper sector. Hal brings a wealth of international experience in technology strategy and entrepreneurial ventures, and has the knack of being able to visualise things that don’t exist to then drive organisations to bring ideas to fruition.

Andrés Pesce Aron of Fundación, Chile, who oversees an open innovation platform, is sure to impress. He will show how this collaborative ‘Do Tank’ has succeeded in taking common technical problems to the market. With the initiative bringing forward practical, tangible solutions faster, it has built good will among its many partners to continue collaborative efforts and reap the benefits much faster than working in isolation.

Another recent addition to the program is Jorge Cantallopts, from the Chilean Copper Commission, who will look at emerging trends for ‘green copper’ and how the Chilean copper industry is responding to growing market signals for the responsible production of copper.

Other international speakers headlining the conference include Vanessa Davidson, Director Copper Strategy and Research of CRU, giving a global outlook on the copper market. Vanessa is known for her balanced insights and the presentation will give delegates a sense of what to expect in the years ahead.

Also in the spotlight is the topic of mine closure and rehabilitation with Kim Ferguson, Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals Closure Working Group, presenting on the latest trends and challenges in this critical area of mine development.

Major Australian copper producers – BHP, OZ Minerals and Newcrest – will update the audience on technologies they are applying to help them get copper out of the ground and process it more effectively.

Mark Carroll, the First Assistant Secretary of the Woomera Prohibited Area Coexistence Review Team, has joined the program to update delegates on the review now underway.

Filling the copper gap will also require more greenfield discoveries to bring forward a pipeline of new mines. The final segment of the day will look at the crucial efforts to boost exploration success and uncover economic orebodies with presenters from the national UNCOVER initiative and AMIRA International.

Local explorers will cap the day’s proceedings with their successes and exploration underway.

Charles says that Copper to the World has emerged as an excellent contemporary platform for copper sector professionals to stretch their thinking on ways to meet rising demand for copper.

‘Having already generated significant historic, economic and social benefits, a number of talks will point the way to further developing South Australia’s copper belt to generate value, jobs and business for the community’, he said.

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– Grace Taylor

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