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The 14th MINEX Kazakhstan Mining and Geological Forum opened today in Astana. The central theme of the forum is “Sustainable Development of the Mining Industry for the Benefit of Society and the Environment.”

Approximately 120 speakers are scheduled to participate, including representatives from government agencies, international organizations, domestic and foreign mining companies, institutional and private investors, technological and consulting companies, the financial sector, industry associations, and more.

Bakyt Chirchikbayev, Chairman of the Board of the National Mining Company “Tau-Ken Samruk,” spoke at the plenary session “Drivers of Development of the Mining and Metallurgical Industry in Kazakhstan.” He discussed the company’s priority projects and plans for further development, particularly focusing on the transfer of 100% of the shares of Kazgeology JSC to Tau-Ken Samruk. Chirchikbayev highlighted several advantages that partners could gain from this integration, stating, “The integration of Kazgeology into the structure of Tau-Ken Samruk will expand the potential scope of cooperation with existing and future partners, as Tau-Ken Samruk specializes not only in geological exploration but also in the further development of projects, including construction and production stages.”

Chirchikbayev also emphasized that geological exploration projects remain a priority: “We plan to continue implementing current projects with partners and simultaneously study all available historical and modern geological information to identify prospective areas. Already, our geologists have made significant progress in this direction.”

Aspects of international cooperation in geological exploration, mining, processing, and the creation of supply chains for uranium and materials critical for “green” energy technologies were discussed in a separate session of the MINEX Kazakhstan forum.

Nariman Absametov, Chief Business Development Officer of the National Mining Company, outlined the main areas of focus for Tau-Ken Samruk regarding critical minerals. Firstly, work continues on the development of economically efficient ore enrichment technology at the largest domestic tungsten deposit, Upper Kayraktinsky. Research into the prospects of heap leaching has begun, and this year will see large-scale laboratory studies. If successful, the next step will be pilot technological tests.

Simultaneously, the National Mining Company is exploring the reconnaissance of rare and rare-earth metals in the Akbulak area of the Kostanay region. Geological exploration is planned to begin soon in collaboration with the American company Cove Capital, with the relevant agreement already signed.