May 21-25, 2018. Experience in development of port complexes in Rotterdam and Antwerp, efficient operation of bulk cargo terminals

May 21-25, 2018 in Antwerp and Rotterdam, a group of heads of the sea trade ports of Ust-Luga and Vysotsky, the stevedoring company Maly Port, employees of SUEK, TIS-Ruda, Daltransugol, OTEKO and NPK MorTransNiProject visited the ports and terminals of Rotterdam and Antwerp, taking part in the program on efficient operation and bulk cargo terminals.

In Belgium, the workshop participants visited the Port Authority of Antwerp, where an extensive session and series of reports on financial and economic indicators and planning activities of the Antwerp port and modeling the calculation of cargo flows took place.
The meeting discussed the optimization of the logistics chain in the port of Antwerp through the use and development of an integrated digital system for all participants in the transport process – the Antwerp Port Community System. This system greatly simplifies the procedures for the declaration of dangerous goods and the passage of customs procedures.

In the photo: participants of the seminar at a meeting with the leadership of the port of Antwerp.

Subsequently, the group, accompanied by an interpreter and specialists of the port, visited various terminals, including the newly modernized SAMGA bulk cargo terminal, where delegates got acquainted with grain loading and unloading equipment. The seminar participants also visited the Sea Tank oil loading terminal, inspected the berthing equipment and witnessed the loading of liquid cargo and oil products.
In addition to the size of the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp and the volume of freight flows, the seminar participants were very impressed with the degree of automation of loading and unloading operations, the minimum number of personnel involved and the high productivity of all operations.

In the photo the building of the administration of the port of Antwerp, a project of Zaha Hadid.

In Holland, the workshop participants visited Portbase and got acquainted with the Port Community System (PCS), a nationwide integrated system for the logistics chain, including container, oil and other terminals, freight carriers and all other participants in the transport infrastructure of the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Participants had an opportunity to walk on the captain’s yacht and inspected the water area of ​​Europe’s largest port of Rotterdam.

In the photo: on the captain’s yacht during the survey of the water area of ​​the port of Rotterdam.

A key element of the technical visit in Holland was the visit of two coal terminals: EBS in the area of ​​Europort and EMO, the largest coal terminal in Western Europe.

In the photo: transportation of coal at the terminal EBS.

Participants familiarized themselves with the Maaslakte 2 project to expand the port area of ​​Rotterdam, where the EMO coal terminal is located and transshipment of 200,000 tons of coal per day takes place with a high level of automation.

In the photo: visit to the EMO terminal.

Blockchain strategy Implementation in Dubai

April 16-20, 2018 in Dubai, a program was held to study advanced technologies and implement blockchain and processing large amounts of data (big data).

Participants from Russian companies: SUEK, MTS, Sberbank AST, Skolkovo, Sberbank, Gazpromneft, etc., visited the Future Accelerator Fund of Dubai and the organization of Smart Dubai (the government agency for the implementation of the block Chain and Digital Initiatives), the Dubai Gold and Commodity Exchange, the Global Blockchain Council and two technoparks designed to develop and implement start-ups.

The choice of venue is linked to the Dubai Blockchain Strategy and the decision of the Government of Dubai to create the “Most Intelligent City”, where the functions of data storage and processing, interaction with government bodies and third parties and management of the main processes will be translated into blockchain. The strategic goal is to translate all document turnover, transactions, processing and storage of data in government and government institutions in Dubai to blockchain until 2020. This will save 5.5 billion dirhams (1.5 billion USD) annually, reduce 25 million man-hours by transferring more than 100 million documents to the blockchain, which are now being processed in traditional ways.

Seminar participants met with Dubai Future Accelerators, the head of the start-up program in the UAE, Dr. Noah Raford. His speech was extremely informative and considered prospects for development and how the world, business, work processes, the human environment may look in 30 years.


Photo: mettings at Dubai Future Accelerators.


Photo: meeting at DGCX Exchange.


Photo: meeting at в Smart Dubai.

Health and Safety at Hazardous Production Facilities and Risk Engineering

Health and Safety at Hazardous Production Facilities by Leading European Oil & Gas Companies – that was the topic of the new workshop by Transeuropean Centre Ltd attended by Russian and Kazakhstan’s corporate lawyers, HR and remuneration professionals. This has become a relevant issue for both West European and Russian and Kazakhstan’s oil and chemical companies in view of recently adopted legislation in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Senior representatives of the British Safety Council, DNV GL-Aberdeen Oil & Gas and DAC Beachcroft Claims shared their relevant expertise and Ms Gillian Birkby, made a presentation on application of COSHH and COMAH in oil & gas companies. As part of the seminar the delegation visited Lloyds of London and studied the methodology and services in risk engineering offered by Marsh Ltd.


Delegation of Surgutneftergaz, Kashagan with Marsh presenters at Lloyd’s. 24 Apri2018.

Russian miners in the Swedish Arctic

Representatives of the companies Norilsk Nickel, EVRAZ, Severstal, SPb Mining and KIP-engineering met in the polar city of Kiruna (Sweden) with a view to exploring the latest developments in the field of underground automation and dispatching of companies Epiroc and ABB.

Some of these developments have been implemented at the Malmberget underground mine (an annual production of 18 million tons) of the Swedish state company LKAB, which the delegation visited.

Russian and Kazakh miners were also addressed by leading experts of the Canadian company Bombardier (remote control of underground compositions with ore) and Swedish Metso (the latest development – lightweight bodies of dump trucks with crammed lining).


Photo: 1250m down Malmberget underground mine

Photo: Viewing the conveior belt

Photo: Automatic drill machine

Corporate social responsibility as an element of a long-term sustainable development strategy. November 2017 London

November 20 – 24, 2017 a seminar on the topic “Corporate social responsibility as an element of a long-term sustainable development strategy” was held in London. Heads of companies such as “Severstal”, “Metallinvest”, “Norilsk Nickel”, “Sibur” participated in discussions with Instinctif, Flag Communications, PwC, Kreab, and others on how the activities on sustainable development, social responsibility, support of the local population and ecology are reflected in the reports of such companies as Polymetal, Polyus, SUEK. At the meeting of the International Council on Mining and Metals (International Council on Mining and Metals), the industry’s tasks in the field of sustainable development and social sphere were considered.
On the pictures: Participants visiting Instinctif and discussing annual reports on Corporate social responsibility.

Photo: Participants visiting Instinctif and discussing annual reports on Corporate social responsibility.

Seminar for Russian oil executives in addition to participation at ADIPEC. November 2017 Abu-Dhabi

Representatives of Tatneft and Tagras took part in a technical visit to Abu Dhabi to explore advanced methods of stimulating the inflow, drilling and operation of horizontal wells to increase oil production. The program included a visit to the largest international oil and gas exhibition ADIPEC on November 12-16, 2017.


Photo: discussing latest drilling technologies and bore heads.


Photo: meeting with polymers developers POWELTEC for hydrofructure applications.


Photo: meeting with Baker Hughes


Photo: meeting with Weatherford at ADIPEC exhibition.


Photo: meeting with Schlumberger.


Photo: Tatneft delegation visiting ADIPEC 17

Visit to Garpenberg and Zinkgruvan mines in Sweden. November 2017

From October 23-25, we organised a visit to Boliden’s mine at Garpenberg ​​in Sweden, in addition to a visit to the Atlas Copco office in Stockholm and the test mine and technology center in Orebro. Leading mining companies Norilsk Nickel, Evrazholding, Arselor Mitall Temirtau, Zaporizhstal, EuroChem, Uralenergoresurs and other participated. The participants got acquainted with the experience of the Swedish companies Boliden and Lundin after achieving record performance due to the automation of underground works and digitization of production processes.

Photo: visiting test mine of Atlas Copco in Stockholm.

Photo: group visiting Zinkgruvan mine in Sweden.

Photo: control room of Garpenberg mine of Boliden.

Eldorado Gold “Kishladag” mine in Turkey. October 2017.

From October 2-6, 2017, a technical visit of Russian and Kazakh gold mining companies took place in Turkey to study the experience of the Canadian company Eldorado Gold at the open cast gold mine Kishladag. Participants visited the mine where gold-bearing ore is extracted using heap leaching methods.



Photo: visiting Kishladag mine.


Photo: visitors of open pit operations.

Technical visit to the Magdalena mine in Andalusia. June 2017

From June 26-30, in the province of Andalusia, in the south of Spain, we organized a visit to the Matsala and Agas-Tenidas concentrators and mines of the mining company MATSA, a joint venture between Mubadala and Trafigura. Russian and Kazakh delegations were represented by Norilsk Nickel, Evraz, Kazakhmys, Eurasian Group, AltynAlmac, Polymetal and others. In addition to the inspection of the mines, the concentrator, the laboratories and the MATSA control room, representatives of Metso, SRK, Siemens, ABB, Atlas Copco, Weir, Aurum, Siemens and other companies took part in discussions in Seville.




Photo: visiting Matsa mining operations, Magdalena mine.

In-house training in Astana for KazakhstanTemirZholy (National Railway Company of Kazakhstan) May 2017

From May 16-18, 2017 in the head office of “KazakhstanTemirZholy” a corporate training seminar was held in Astana on the theme: “British law on combating bribery”. More than 30 employees of MTS services, procurement activities, internal control and audit of Kazakhstani railways attended. This underlines the importance that the leadership of Kazakhstan’s rail carrier pays to prevent corruption and improve the skills of officials responsible for the prevention of corruption violations, the adoption of a code of ethics, standards and procedures. The participants of the 3-day inhouse-training got acquainted with the best practices introduced by British and international companies.


Photo: KTZh group meeting with Amicus Legal in Astana.