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SRK Consulting • Polyus Gold • Peter Hambro Mining • Kinross Gold Corporation



IMC Montan • Macleod Dixon • NBLgold • Polymetal • PricewaterhouseCoopers • RJS Consulting • TOMS Group



SPb-Giproshakht • American Appraisal • Runge Ltd • ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. • KPMG• IHC Merwede




Peter Hambro Mining plc is a London-listed mining and exploration company with its principal assets located in the Russian Far East, where it has operated since 1994.

The Group is focused on the acquisition, exploration, development and production of mineral deposits with a current focus on its precious metal deposits and the development of its iron ore assets as and when the iron ore, in future, and project finance markets recover.

The Group’s 2008 attributable gold production was c.393,600 oz, making it Russia’s third-largest gold producer by production volume for that year. Attributable gold production for the first six months of 2009 was c.222,600 ounces and the Group is confident that it is on-track for delivery of its target 5000,000 ounces production for full year 2009.

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"Polyus Gold" is the leading gold producer in Russia and the only Russian company among the world's largest gold producers.

Our major assets are:

  • in Krasnoyarsk region - giant Olympiada deposit as well as Blagodantoe, Titimukhta, Tyrada, Olenii, Razdolinskaya, Zyryanovskaya and Panimba fields.
  • in Irkutsk region - Zapadnoe, Verninskoe, Pervenets, and Chertovo Koryto and Mukodek goldfields as well as some 94 placer deposits.
  • in Magadan region - giant Natalka deposit and smaller Degdekan and Vostochnoye fields.
  • in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - Kuranakh ore body and Kyutchus field as well as 50% interest in the giant Nezhdaninskoye field.
  • in Amur region - Bamskoe gold field.

Our reserves and resources (by JORC classification) as of January 1st 2006 are:

  • 25.1 mln oz of reserves (Proved & Probable)
  • 76.8 mln oz of resources (Indicated, Measured and Inferred)

Gold production in 2005 totaled 33.5 tons (1 076 k oz).

Polyus Gold is an innovative company that relies on technology to boost competitive advantages. We implement the best standards of corporate governance to position Polyus as an attractive investment.

Producing a ton of gold creates 1000 jobs. It puts special responsibility on Polyus as the company that facilitates sustainable development of the gold producing regions. The company abides by the principles of absolute financial transparency, fully pays its dues and taxes both to federal and regional governments, and supports sports, education and culture.

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"SRK Consulting" is the world's first one-stop consultancy offering specialist services to mining and exploration companies for the entire life cycle of a mining project from exploration through to mine closure. Among SRK Consulting's approximately 1,500 clients are most of the world's major and medium-sized mining houses, exploration companies, banks, petroleum companies, agribusiness companies, construction firms and government departments.

Formed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974, SRK now employs approximately 660 professionals in 33 permanent offices on six continents. A broad range of internationally recognised associate consultants are also available world-wide to complement the core staff.

The SRK Group's independence is ensured by the fact that it holds no equity in any project or company and that its ownership rests solely with its staff. This enables SRK to provide its clients with conflict-free and objective recommendations on crucial judgment issues.

SRK Consulting employs leading specialists in each field of science and engineering. Its seamless integration of services, and global base, has made the company the world's leading practice in due diligence, feasibility studies and confidential internal reviews.

SRK Consulting offices in the countries in which it operates are staffed by international as well as local experts thus ensuring both technical and local context excellence.

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Kinross Gold Corporation a world-class gold company based in Canada, was established in 1993 and has since become the third largest primary gold producer in North America by reserves. With nine mines in stable countries including Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile and Russia, Kinross employs more than 4,500 people worldwide.

Kinross has one of the best project pipelines in the industry, with three world-class projects in development driving 60% growth over the next two years, and a declining cost profile. As production increases from 1.65 ounces in 2007 to 2.6 - 2.7 million in 2009, costs are expected to decline, which is unique among senior gold producers.

Kinross maintains a strong balance sheet and a no gold hedging policy. Kinross is focused on the strategic objective of maximizing net asset value and cash flow per share through a four-point plan built on: delivering optimal asset performance; hiring and retaining the best talent and teams; delivering on operational building blocks for the future; and driving future value.

Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: KGC).

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IMC Montan is an international mining consultancy that is a merger of group of companies Deutsche Montan Technologie GmbH (DMT), Germany, IMC Group Consulting Limited (IMCGCL), UK and engineering group White Young Green Plc (WYG), UK. The company has a staff of international and Russian experts in the area of mining and processing of minerals, mine infrastructure etc. IMC Montan implements projects in the following areas: design of company development projects and programs; preparation of competent person and mineral expert’s reports; due diligence; financial analysis; justification of investments, technical support etc. IMC Montan has a unique professional experience combining the best international practice with our thorough understanding of the Russian mining sector. The company-participants of IMC Montan consortium have experience of assignments practically in every type of minerals worldwide. Amongst our Russian clients are large mining companies including: Evraz Group, SUEC, Metalloinvest, NLMK and many others. Our international clients include many well known companies such as Xstrata, Kazakhmys, Mittal Steel, Rio Tinto, Mitsui, OKD, Samsung, Tata Group, Cambrian, ICL and AES, as well as many others with an interest in the mining industry in Russia and other CIS countries. Since being established in CIS in 1992 our company has implemented over 150 projects in the area of mining and processing different minerals. The company-participants of IMC Montan consortium together have more than 3,000 staff and a turnover in excess of 250 m Euro.

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Since first opening its doors in Calgary in 1912, Macleod Dixon has been an integral part of the Canadian business community. Macleod Dixon's professionals are known for the depth of their business savvy and the strength and diversity of their legal expertise. Their commitment to achieving the best results for their clients has earned a reputation as a "law firm of choice ".

Macleod Dixon's lawyers have built up one of the most industry respected mining practices in the CIS. Macleod Dixon has worked extensively across all branches of the mining business and in all the important mining regions in Russia, with a particular emphasis in the precious metals and diamond industries. Macleod Dixon offers pre-eminent and in depth legal advice on every aspect of a mining project, from the license tendering progress through to the negotiation and preparation of all types of mineral licenses and precious metals sale contracts.

Macleod Dixon's Mining Practice Group is comprised of senior lawyers who bring a wealth of resource expertise to the table. Macleod Dixon understands the legal and business issues that impact this complex and highly structured industry, and is firmly positioned on its leading edge, no matter what direction it is headed.

Macleod Dixon specializes in advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of mining and securities law and works closely with resource companies and underwriters to facilitate a wide range of transactions.

Macleod Dixon represents clients in all types of mining, mineral and securities transactions - from exploration through to project financing, development and operations.

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NBLgold group has been operating for more than 15 years, providing consultancy services, research studies, and engineering design work in the field of minerals extraction and processing.

NBLgold is a family of engineering companies with one UK-based and three Russia- based companies with totally about 100 employees, including geologists, geotechnical, mining and mineral processing engineers, as well as engineers of other related disciplines, environmental scientists, mineral economists and mineral commodity market analysts, with over 15 years of continuous experience in Russian and international engineering studies. Work is carried out to the highest standards. Our staff includes members of the Expert Council of GKZ (the Russian State Commission on Mineral Reserves); many also have international professional accreditation.

NBLgold provides a broad range of mining engineering, geotechnical, geological and corporate consulting services to exploration and mining companies and to financial services institutions, working globally, but specifically focusing on countries of the former Soviet Union. The scope of work includes ore resources and reserves modelling, estimation and valuation, engineering studies at all levels (scoping, pre-feasibility, feasibility, and detailed design), due diligence project reviews and technical audits, valuation of companies and projects, technical desk study research, and advice to management. Extensive databases of mining costs, performances and productivities are maintained as a basis for engineering, benchmarking, due diligence and feasibility studies. NBL has a special focus on resource modelling and cut-off estimation (so-called "TEO conditions") in the form required by Russian and other FSU regulations, for relevant national and regional approvals and permitting processes.

NBLgold has all the appropriate licences from the Russian Ministry of Construction and from the Russian Federal Mining and Industrial Inspection Authority to design mines, processing and metallurgical plants and tailings dumps in Russia, other FSU States and abroad. In addition, NBLgold has collaboration agreements with a number of international consulting and engineering groups, design and research institutions, and large financial companies.

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Polymetal is a leading Russian gold and silver mining company with a long-term portfolio of high-quality assets. The Company is the third global primary silver producer, the largest silver and forth gold producer in Russia. Polymetal owns gold and silver mines and carries out exploration activities in three regions of Russia: the Magadan Region, the Khabarovsk Territory and the Sverdlovsk Region. In 2008 gold production grew by 18%, to 285 Koz. Silver production grew by 8%, to 17.2 Moz. As part of strategy to invest in the development of centralized processing facilities, in 2008-2009 Polymetal acquired Kubaka, Goltsovoye, and Sopka Kvartsevaya deposits in Russia and agreed to acquire Mayskoye and Varvarinskoye deposits in Russia and in Kazakhstan respectively.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 146,000 people in 150 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to the network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

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RJC Group


The RJC Group is a consulting company doing its best in serving clients in exploration and mining industry in Russia and abroad. Since its foundation in 2001, the company has built a good track record in providing a broad scope of services from early prospecting to design and optimization of mining operations and processing circuits.

Our on-going and completed projects include those from early exploration to mining operations. Our commodity expertise covers precious metals and PGM, ferrous, base and minor metals, coal, uranium, and industrial minerals.

The RJC Group’s team is built up of 50 professionals working on permanent basis including exploration and resource geologists, open-pit and underground mining engineers, processing and metallurgical engineers, cost estimators, property appraisers, and financial and legal advisors. Many of them have held key positions in Russian and international exploration and mining companies and have great practical experience in their subject fields.

Our local knowledge and expertise combined with global technologies and standards of professional practice are what make us effective team members of any international project. Quality of our works on data collection and database maintenance, deposit modeling and resource estimation has been well proved by the audit conducted by the State Committee for Reserves (GKZ) and respected global mining consultants. Our participation in evaluation of Russian mineral properties and mining projects ensures the works be done with maximum efficiency in terms of time and cost, meeting high standards globally and locally, well accepted by both international mining and investment community and Russian regulatory bodies.

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TOMS Group

Today the Group of Companies «ТОМS» is proved to be an advanced center of scientific researches and innovative technologies applying world-class methods for ore pretreatment and separation. It performs pilot plant tests aiming at ore dressability determination and using gravity, flotation and hydrometallurgical methods. «TOMS» is a hundred-per-cent Design Institute with two affilliates in St. Petersburg and Karaganda licensed to design buildings and structures (the 1st and 2nd criticality rating). It is also engineering services meeting all customer's requirements for state-of-art equipment supply to sites, effecting contract supervision and commissioning of a plant and its process audit.

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SPb-Giproshakht Ltd is one of the Russian leading organizations in the field of mine design.

The company is a successor to the USSR State Mine Design Institute Giproshakht established in 1928.

With over 80 years' experience in mining design we provide full range services to the coal-shale and ore mining industry both in Russia and abroad.

Through the Institute's history there have been developed more than 450 projects of underground and open-cast mines, coal washing plants and briquette factories for Russian and foreign customers.

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American Appraisal combines worldwide experience with local expertise. Every day, in every major financial center throughout the world, we provide Clients with accurate, reliable and insightful valuation and valuation-related guidance. This is our only business.

We are independent. Our global foot-print is unequalled in the valuation profession. Our consultants have extensive experience with all classifications of tangible and intangible assets. As an employee-owned firm, we are uniquely committed to our profession; dedicated to anticipating Clients' changing needs.

The company combines worldwide experience with local expertise. Every day, in every major financial center throughout the world, we provide Clients with accurate, reliable and insightful valuation and valuation-related guidance. This is our only business.

We are independent. Our global foot-print is unequalled in the valuation profession. Our consultants have extensive experience with all classifications of tangible and intangible assets. As an employee-owned firm, we are uniquely committed to our profession; dedicated to anticipating Clients' changing needs.

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Runge Limited is a leading international mining consultancy and software developer. We began our operations in Australia in 1977 and have developed a reliable, global profile of engineering achievement with a specific focus of providing economic solutions for the mining industry.

We engage over 350 professionals worldwide including mining engineers, business analysts, geologists, and software developers. Runge consultants provide adept engineering support services for mines worldwide from start up to production, including feasibility studies, due diligence and valuation, mine planning and scheduling, mine optimisation, business systems and software implementation.

Our technology solutions allow more efficient use of valuable people skills by developing options for scheduling, providing truck and loader analysis, simulating dragline functions, and connecting operations from frontline to head office for financial modelling.

Our professional development learning solutions further enhance the value of clients' employees by providing the opportunity for professionals to benefit from the knowledge gained from over 30 years of mine planning.

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KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. KPMG is committed to three key imperatives: quality of services, insight into the problems of the clients, and integrity in our business. A permanent representation in Moscow was established in 1990. For the last years KPMG in Russia has been one of the fastest growing practice in KPMG worldwide with growth in 2008 of 62 per cent. In the CIS, KPMG now has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Kiev, Donetsk, Yerevan and Tbilisi, employing together nearly 3 100 people.

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ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., AKA Atomredmetzoloto, is currently ranked as the world’s second largest uranium mining company by resource base and is the fifth biggest global producer in terms of uranium output. ARMZ supplies strategic feedstock to the Russian nuclear industry, having produced 3687 tons of uranium in Russia and Kazakhstan in 2008. As of January 1, 2008, ARMZ’s uranium reserves and resources amounted to 538 013 tons of uranium, which has secured us the second place among global primary uranium producers.

ARMZ is part of Rosatom – the Russian State Corporation controlling the nation’s nuclear activities. ARMZ – together with its affiliates and subsidiaries – employs over 14 thousand people.

Founded in 1992, ARMZ is the successor of the world’s largest uranium production complex built by the Soviet Union. All uranium mines in Russia, as well as a number of uranium joint ventures in the former USSR and abroad, were brought together under ARMZ in 2008, after the restructuring of Russia’s nuclear industry had been completed.

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IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries.
IHC Merwede is world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment. IHC Merwede is also recognised as an outstanding builder of complex, custom-built vessels for offshore construction. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,800 at its locations in the Netherlands. There are also branches in China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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