The second Sumatra Miner conference and exhibition will be held at the Aryaduta Hotel in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, next week with the aim of showcasing mining technology to help gain benefits from the region’s rich mineral resources.

Sumatra Miner is the first of the 2016 Regional Technical Conference series organised by Mining Media International (MMI), publishers of The ASIA Miner. It will be held on March 2 and 3, and is sponsored by Sumatra Copper & Gold, G-Resources’ Martabe Gold Mine and Reswara.

Coal is the dominant player in the region and the conference will focus on the opportunities available as well as the technologies that can enhance exploitation. There are other mines in the region, including gold and copper, which can also benefit from the conference and accompanying exhibition.

Overall Sumatra’s mining industry is hindered by lack of infrastructure and the conference will include information about government and industry moves to improve infrastructure, including access to and from coal and mineral deposits to ports and markets, as well as on-site services such as power and water.

As Indonesia’s second largest coal producing region with a conservative estimate of 22.4 billion tonnes of reserves, South Sumatra is poised for further growth and development through technical, service and fiscal support from the mining industry and investors.

Speakers at Sumatra Miner 2016 include Sumatra Copper and Gold president director David Fowler, G-Resources president director Tim Duffy, Sanaman Coal Indonesia chief operating officer Ben Lawson, MNC Energy and Resources operations director Humala Oloan, FRHLBT chairman Jeffrey Mulyono, Danmar Explorindo head of Geographical Information Systems Tobias Maya, Royal Haskoning DHV director mining Africa Greg Henshall, Armilla Law offices lawyer Eva Armila Djauhari and APBI executive director Supriatna Suhala.

A networking meeting of Coal Club Indonesia (CCI) will be held on the evening of Wednesday, March 2 in conjunction with the conference.
Sumatra Miner is also supported by the Association of Indonesian Mining Services, the South Sumatra provincial government, the Central for Geological Resources and RHLBT.

The inaugural Sumatra Miner exhibition and conference in 2015 attracted 47 exhibitors and almost 600 attendees and MMI is confident the 2016 event will be even more significant for the industry.