THE Sumatra Miner conference and exhibition will showcase the opportunities that abound in regards to Sumatra’s vast coal and mineral resources. This potential is being hindered by the global mining downturn, lack of capital investment, poor infrastructure and a trend to move away from low ranking coal but surely now is the time to plan for the exploitation of these assets in the future.
The event will be held at Aryaduta Hotel in Palembang from March 4-6, 2015, after having been postponed from last October owing to the impacts of toxic smoke caused by forest fires and a volcanic eruption on the island of Sumatra.
The conference and exhibition is being organized by Mining Media International, publishers of The ASIA Miner and Coal Age Indonesia. It is being held in cooperation with the special task force for upstream oil and gas business activities in Indonesia (SKK Migas), Flexco, Beijing HRN International Commercial and Exhibition Co, the South Sumatran provincial government, the Association of Indonesian Mining Services (Aspindo) and the Centre for Geological Resources.
Sumatra Miner will examine the mining industry in Sumatra, focusing primarily on coal but also including other resources such as gold and copper. It will also look at plans to provide more infrastructure in South Sumatra to benefit the industry.
Producers and explorers in Sumatra are invited to showcase their success by participating in the event while equipment and service providers are also invited to attend in order to keep participants abreast of the latest technologies available.
Delegates will include coal mining companies, industrial coal consumers, coal preparation operators, equipment OEMs, contract operators, power plant fuel managers, infrastructure contractors, transport and logistics operators, trans-shipment and export terminals, conveyor contractors and operators, EPC companies, dust control companies, specialist coal environmental contractors, and stockpile experts.
The conference will coincide with a Coal Club Indonesia networking event on one of the evenings with a guest speaker. This event will provide an opportunity for those involved in the coal industry in South Sumatra to get together, share experiences and listen to potential opportunities.
There will be similar Coal Club Indonesia networking events at regular intervals during 2015 (visit www.coalclubindonesia.com). Meanwhile, the first networking meeting of the Djakarta Mining Club will be held in Jakarta on January 22 and these events are scheduled for every two months in 2015 (visit http://djakarta-miningclub.com).
As the second largest producer of coal in Indonesia and facing the prospect of further growth and development, Sumatra is well placed to play a much bigger role in Indonesia’s economy and the event will examine ways to realize the region’s potential.