THE second Indonesian Mining Procurement Forum from 1 to 2 April 2008 at Darwin’s Sky City Hotel Casino will showcase Darwin as a regional distribution and supply centre for mining and petroleum operations, and an emerging bulk mineral export port.
Senior Project Officer John McCue from the Department of the Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government said the event will provide direct access to key decision makers from some of Indonesia’s biggest mines.
“The Forum will also provide a first hand opportunity for Australian suppliers to meet with and learn of the forward procurement needs of Indonesia’s leading coal, nickel and gold producers,” McCue said.
Already confirmed for the Forum are Kaltim Prima Coal, the world’s biggest coal mine operator and the gold miner PT Newmont Indonesia.
Also expected are PT INCO the world’s biggest producer of nickel matte, Weda Bay Nickel and possibly PT Freeport Indonesia.
Kaltim Prima Coal is massive operation with some 17,000 staff and contractors on site at its East Kalimantan operation. This operation has the world’s fastest coal convey belt system which carries 4,500 tonnes of coal per hour, the largest concentration of Caterpillar equipment in the world and over 1,000 items of production equipment on site (trucks, excavators, dozers, service vehicles).
Their export target for 2008 is 45 million tonnes of coal and is expected to increase to 70 million tonnes by 2011.
The Darwin Forum will feature presentations from the mines procurement staff on day one, along with a Q&A sessions, break-out sessions where suppliers can hold private discussions with the mines procurement staff and a networking lunch.
Day two will feature presentations on Darwin’s supply capabilities, industry tours and a port visit.