Workshop: An Essential Introduction to Mining for Renewables Professionals


  • Do you really want to understand mining?
  • Where are your potential mining customers located?
  • What is most successful mine renewable business model?
  • Is there potential to create strategic alliances with other mining stakeholders?



The aim of this workshop is to provide renewable energy professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the mining industry. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the operational practices pivotal to mining, be able to interpret essential terminology and feel more comfortable interacting with core mining staff by having a clearer understanding of the key concepts involved in mining. This workshop also aims to enhance the understanding of the business of mining for renewable energy professionals. The agenda has been developed by Energy and Mines and and is presented by Arnoldus Mateo van den Hurk Mir, Ph.D., CEO,

  • Learn about mining and miners
  • Find the right market, location and commodity that is best suited to renewables?
  • Learn how to generate your killer value proposition to miners
  • Discover how to analyze a mining cluster system and find opportunities for profitable cooperation

Workshop feedback from previous attendees:

“I found Arnold’s workshop to be the highlight of the conference. For those new to the mining sector, it will lodge you to get the most out of the conference. And for mining veterans, it helps provide perspective and clarity on corporate priorities in the industry.” – Panasonic

“What you presented was a very sophisticated yet practical review of the mining industry.” – Barrick Gold


Session 1: Understanding the basics of mining

Minerals, metals, ore and mine lifecycleScreenshot-2015-12-11-15.35.48-300x202

Exploration, reserves and resources

Blasting, hauling and comminution

Concentration, leaching, smelting and refining

Commodities transport and mining ports




Session 2: Energy Requirements in Mining

Screenshot-2015-12-11-15.36.01-300x205Open pit mining energy demand

Underground mining energy demand

Off-grid vs on-grid energy requirements

Energy use for water and ancillary tasks

Requirements and future demand trends




Session 3: CSR: Social and environmental license

Screenshot-2015-12-11-15.36.14-300x205Miners, job roles and company organization

Environmental aspects in mining

Mine closure and reclamation


The most successful mine renewable projects




Session 4: Dealing with renewables and mining

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Current commodity markets and trading

Renewables allocation in mining

Case study on renewables for mining





Coffee & Registration



Adrienne Baker, Director, Energy and Mines


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Christopher Lyon, Partner, Deloitte


Welcome Remarks

Marcel Lebleu, Ambassador for Chile, Government of Canada



Aurora Williams, Ministry of Mining, Chile


Keynote Introduction

Joaquin Villarino, Executive President, Consejo Minero


Keynote: Reducing Operational Costs with Strategic Energy Choices

Jorge Gómez, Executive President, Collahuasi


Keynote Panel: Strategic Energy Choices and Key Power Developments for Mines

Chair: Victor Tavera, Commercial Officer, Chile & Andean Countries, Enel Green Power

Jorge Gomez, Executive President, Collahuasi

Rene Muga, Executive Director, Barrick Gold Chile

Joaquin Villarino, Executive President, Consejo Minero

Energy efficiency and alternative power solutions are a strategic focus for the Chilean mining sector which is being challenged by high energy costs, power supply disruptions and low commodity prices. Key regulatory developments on transmission and energy efficiency are also pushing mines to focus on energy savings and alternatives. This keynote session will bring together seminal mining leaders for an interactive discussion on these important topics and the potential role for alternative power in addressing mining’s power challenges.

  • How has the low commodity cycle influenced your energy strategy and expansion plans?
  • What key power developments would help support the competitiveness of the mining sector?
  • What are your top energy concerns and how are you addressing these at the operational level?
  • What technologies do you see playing a role in addressing your sites’ energy needs?
  • How will transmission upgrade plans impact power costs and supply for mines?
  • How are Chile’s renewable energy targets influencing your power choices and costs?
  • How can renewable energy partners position themselves better with mining leaders to deliver solutions for current energy and business challenges?

Networking Break


Session 1: Chile’s Transmission Bill: Key Impacts on Mines-Renewables Partnerships

Chile’s new electric power transmission law will have significant impacts on the energy strategies of mining operators and business development plans for renewables. The bill addresses the need to upgrade the transmission system to accommodate increasing electricity demands and integrate the growing fleet of renewable and traditional power plants. It also proposes off-takers pay all of the transmission costs rather than generators. This session will offer business-critical updates on this bill and key developments for mining operators and renewables developers.


Keynote: Critical Updates on the New Electric Power Transmission Law

Andrés Romero, Executive Director, National Comission of Energy, Ministry of Energy


Interpreting the Transmission Law: Key Implications for Mining Operators and Renewables

David Watts, Professor and Adviser in Energy, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile


Industry Response: Anticipating the Likely Impacts of the Transmission Law

Chair: Hugh Rudnick, Director, Systep

Carlos Eugenio Finat, Executive Director, ACERA

Juan Fernández, Latin American CEO, Saferay

Eduardo Jimenez, Director, Investment Evaluation and Strategic Management, Chilean Copper Comission

David Watts, Professor and Adviser in Energy, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

In this interactive panel, we will hear from leading transmission, mining and renewables experts on how the proposed changes under the transmission law will affect business planning and pricing for mining companies and renewables generators. Industry leaders will also offer expert views on the likely impacts on future partnerships between mining and renewables to drive affordable, reliable and sustainable power for grid-connected mining operators.

  • What do transmission experts see as the key developments for mining off-takers and renewables generators?
  • Does the law set out the necessary investments and structural changes to meet the energy demands of the mining sector?
  • How will the proposed transmission investments and market changes affect energy pricing and planning for mines?
  • Insight from renewables developers on how the law impacts business development plans
  • What do these changes mean for future partnerships between mining and renewables for grid-connected operations?

Networking Lunch


Modelling the Future Chilean Electricity Market and the Impacts on Wholesale Prices

Javier Revuelta, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting

  • Impacts of large-scale renewables integration on electricity pricing
  • How will internal and external transmission interconnections change the energy landscape for Chile?
  • The long-term outlook for commodities risk in energy pricing and how this affects mine-renewables partnerships

Realizing Hybrid Diesel Projects in a Time of Low Oil Prices

Andreas Boes, Head of Hybrid Solutions, Americas, Siemens


Session 2: Mining Energy Leaders: Evolving Energy Strategies and Priorities


Advancing Renewables Solutions with Mining Partners

Gonzalo Moyano, Director, Business Development, Pattern Energy Chile


Mining Energy Leaders Panel: Evolving Energy Strategies and Priorities

Chair: Miguel Angel Durán, Mining and Natural Resources Director, Central University of Chile

Richard Aylwin, Director, Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change, Codelco

Marcos Cid, Senior Electrical Engineer, Teck Resources

Anna Gretchina, Energy Manager, Antofagasta Minerals

Maryse Belanguer, CEO, Mirabela Nickel

In this interactive panel discussion, mining energy leaders will offer their candid insight on their current power strategies and challenges for operational sites.

  • How has your energy strategy changed in light of additional operational cost pressures?
  • Have you identified new areas for energy savings and what sort of results are you seeing?
  • Feedback from mines already invested in renewables on energy savings and operational results
  • How do you see your energy needs changing as commodity prices recover?
  • How do changes under the new transmission law impact your energy plans?
  • What role do you see for renewables to provide power for your operations?
  • What questions do you need answered before presenting new energy projects to management?

Networking Break


Session 3: Assessing Renewables for New and Existing Sites

High electricity costs combined with power supply challenges are hampering the competitiveness of the resource sector. With a number of Chilean mining leaders already invested in renewable energy, alternative solutions are already established as viable options for reducing energy costs and securing power supplies for mining operators. This session will showcase mining leaders currently assessing renewables options for new and existing sites.


Case Study: The Role of Renewables Beyond Energy Savings for Chilean Mines

José Ignacio Escobar, General Manager, Acciona Energía Chile


Case Study: Exploring Solar Options for Mining Evaporation Processes

Mauricio Olivares, Project Director, SQM


Case Study: CSP and Storage: Delivering Energy Security and Savings for Mines

Jose Antonio Lobo, Development Director, SolarReserve


Case Study: Energy Planning and Renewables Targets for Project Corridor

Rodrigo Díaz, Energy Manager, Goldcorp

Teck Resources and Goldcorp have combined their respective El Morro and Relincho projects into a single operation, Project Corridor, to realize a number of benefits including lower capital and operational costs, reducing environmental impacts and enhanced community benefits.

  • Initial plans for meeting the requirement for 15% renewables for the operation by 2023
  • What options are currently available for meeting this threshold?
  • How will key transmission developments shape the project’s energy strategy?

Session 4: Creative Financial Solutions for Renewables for Mines

Negotiating contracts and financing for renewables projects for mines is a complex and challenging process and is currently the biggest bottleneck to project success. Mines are often looking for price certainty and shorter power purchase agreements to fit with operational risks including commodity performance and mine shutdowns. Developers can be hard pressed to meet these demands and present bankable deals to lenders. With insight from mining and finance leaders, this session will explore evolving finance solutions that address the needs of mining operators and renewables developers.


Interactive panel: Exploring Creative Solutions to Overcome Finance Barriers

Chair: Francisco Leiva, Vice President, ACESOL

Felipe Díaz, Head of Latin America Corporate Finance, Chief Representative, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

David Velasco, Banker, Energy Sector, Itau BBA

Roberto Simpson, Head of Corporate Banking, BNP Paribas

Rodrigo Violic, Head of Project Finance, Banco BICE


Networking Drinks


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Christopher Lyon, Partner, Deloitte


Accelerating the Value of Renewables for Mines through Understanding Risk

Adriaan Davidse, Mining Innovation Leader, Deloitte


Session 5: Evolving Partnership Opportunities in Argentina

Argentina’s new government is committed to supporting both the development of renewables and sustainable mining. The country has set a target for 8% of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2017, moving to 20% by 2020 and, under the law, heavy energy users including mines will have to meet these targets individually. Additionally, off-grid mining operators are exploring hybrid solutions to reduce diesel dependence. In this context, there are significant opportunities for developing new mining and renewables partnerships in Argentina.


Case Study: Delivering Energy Security through Solar Hybrid Solutions

Martin Pochtaruk, Cofounder, Isla Power

Drawing from a real-world case study for an Argentinian gold mine, this presentation will explore the energy security benefits that solar hybrids can offer grid-connected mining operators.

  • Understanding the key challenges for grid-connected mines in Argentina
  • Using solar to reduce reliance on expensive diesel fuel to back-up grid electricity
  • Key criteria in assessing solar hybrid options for securing a mine’s power needs

Argentina Spotlight: Identifying Collaborative Opportunities for Mining and Renewables

Chair: Marcelo Alvarez, President, CADER

Richard Spencer, President and CEO, U308 Corp

Vanesa Revelli, Latin American CEO, ABO Wind

Martin Pochtaruk, Cofounder, Isla Power

  • What are the top energy challenges facing mines in the region and how are these being addressed?
  • How is the financial landscape in Argentina evolving to better facilitate business for renewables?
  • How will renewables targets drive new energy choices and plans for mining operators?
  • What are the key regulatory developments shaping energy choices for mines in Argentina?
  • Insight from Argentinian mining leaders that are integrating or assessing renewables options
  • What role do mining leaders see for alternative energy in reducing operational costs and securing power supplies?

Networking Break


The New Energy Efficiency Law: How this Will Change Mining’s Power Strategy?

A key pillar of the Chilean Government’s energy plan is to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2025. To ensure this goal, a new energy efficiency law has been drafted which sets out new energy savings requirements for mines including setting up formal energy committees. This session will highlight key changes for mines under the law and showcase best practices in energy savings from leading mining operators.


The New Energy Efficiency Law: Key Developments for Mines

Ignacio Santelices, Head of the Energy Efficiency Division, Ministry of Energy


Case Study: Best Practices in Optimizing Operational Energy Savings

Marcelo Pizarro, Energy Efficiency Engineer, Collahuasi

Collahuasi, a world leader in copper production, has achieved significant milestones in energy savings and was one of the first mines to formalize its energy committee.

  • Key takeaways from the energy efficiency law for mines
  • Best practices in developing an energy efficiency committee
  • Identifying new areas for savings and assessing the role of renewables in meeting these goals

Panel Discussion: How will the Energy Efficiency Law Shape Mining’s Energy Strategy?

Chair: Josefina Soto, Associate, Arteaga Gorziglia y Cia

Diego Lizana, Executive Director, Chilean Agency of Energy Efficiency

Rodrigo Balderrama, President, ANESCO

Luis Contreras, Environmental Manager, KGHM

Gonzalo Araujo, Environmental Manager, SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile

This panel will gather mining executives, legal experts and government officials to analyze how this law will change the power strategies of mines and the potential role of renewables to drive further energy savings for mine operators.

  • What steps are mines taking to comply with the new energy efficiency requirements?
  • Ideas on best practices for structuring an energy efficiency committee
  • How will the requirement for third party reviews of efficiency plans impact mines?
  • What support and resources are available to help mines comply with the new requirements?
  • Will these changes open up new opportunities for alternative energy solutions for mines?

Networking Lunch


Session 6: Driving Diesel Savings for Off-Grid Mines

Solar PV and wind hybrid solutions make economic sense for off-grid mines looking to reduce their reliance on diesel. Following the success of off-grid hybrid projects for mines in the region including Mandalay Resources and Nyrstar, this session will bring together mining and microgrid experts to explore the business case and practicalities of hybrid solutions for mines.


Innovative Hybrid Solutions for Off-grid Applications: Enel Green Power’s Experience

Salvatore Bernabei, Country Manager Enel Green Power Chile & Andean Countries, Enel Green Power


Case Study: Developing PV Solutions for an Off-Grid Site

Jose Miguel Ibarra, Project Director, Minera Rafaela

Minera Rafaela has integrated solar panels to provide 70% of its operational energy needs for its site in Chile’s Valparaiso Region including all water-related processes and camp power needs.
• Lessons learned from integrating alternative technologies to reduce energy costs
• Understanding the benefits of solar energy to manage operational water processes
• Next steps in exploring renewables solutions


Interactive Panel: Understanding the Business Case and Operational Capabilities of Microgrids

Chair: Jose Estela, General Manager, Sami Energy Consulting

Jose Miguel Ibarra, Project Director, Minera Rafaela

Cesar Belaunde, Project Manager, Energia Llaima

Marco Giannettoni, Chief Technical Officer, Renergetica

  • What is the effect of lower oil prices on renewables integration for remote sites?
  • What can mines expect in terms of penetration levels from renewables?
  • How are hybrid systems addressing the need for firm, consistent power 24/7 for mines?
  • Updates on the economics and applicability of storage for mining microgrids
  • Operational results from hybrid systems for mines – are they achieving the desired results?
  • What finance models are emerging to address the concerns of mines around long-term PPAs?
  • How do mines see the energy profile of remote operations changing in the near-term?

Commodity Performance and Energy Strategies for Mines

María Contreras, Transaction Advisory Services, Mining and Metals, Ernst & Young

Boosting Social License to Operate Through Renewables

Along with reducing operating costs, renewables can add additional value for mine closure and community engagement initiatives. Renewables can assist mines in gaining social license to operate with surrounding communities that lack power infrastructure in the development phase and similarly, leave a legacy asset for the community when the mine closes. This session will explore social license to operate benefits of mine-renewables partnerships.


Joint Case Study: Renewable Energy as a Catalyst for Community Acceptance

Paulo Barraza, Head of Community Relations, Rockwood Lithium

Antonio Cruz, President, Consejo de Pueblos Atacamenos


Interactive Panel: Boosting Social License to Operate Through Renewables

Chair: Sebastián Donoso, Lawyer, Sebastián Donoso & Asociados

Pablo Alonso, Environmental Manager, SCM Berta

Pedro Vial, Manager, Public Affairs, COLBUN

Juan Guillermo Torres Fuentealba, Head of Legal Affairs, MountainStar Gold Inc.

José Letelier, Vice President, Government Relations, Kinross Gold

Verónica Baraona, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Glencore


Chair’s Closing Remarks

Christopher Lyon, Partner, Deloitte


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