The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 156: Gold sector ripe for consolidation in former Soviet Union, ft. Chaarat Gold CEO Artem Volynets

A view of the Tulkubash deposit in the Kyrgyz Republic. Credit: Chaarat Gold.

Chaarat Gold CEO Artem Volynets joins the podcast this week for a feature interview with acting editor-in-chief Trish Saywell. Volynets discusses the challenges, strategies and opportunities of mining in the former Soviet Union.

“There are very few buyers who can acquire Centerra other than us, because it has a poison pill, and that is the geopolitical risk perceived to be associated with Kumtor … We have been operating in [Kyrgyzstan] for over 10 years, and we are very comfortable with the jurisdiction — it’s a great country.” Artem Volynets CEO, Chaarat Gold

Artem Volynets
CEO, Chaarat Gold

Artem Volynets joined Chaarat Gold as a non-executive director in March 2018 and is now the company’s CEO. He made a name for himself as the CEO of Russia’s En+ Group from December 2010 until June 2013, where he implemented strategies to make the group a global leader in mining, metallurgy and energy. Prior to that, he was senior vice-president of strategy at Sibeian-Urals Aluminium Co. (Sual), and played a role in the US$20 billion, three-way merger of Sual, Rusal and Glencore’s aluminum assets to create UC Rusal, where he worked as deputy CEO and director for corporate strategy. Volynets also helped orchestrate UC Rusal’s US$2-billion initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He left the En+ Group about six years ago and started looking for opportunities in the fragmented gold sector, consolidating small, typically privately held companies in Russia and other countries in Central Asia.

All this and more with online editor and host, Adrian Pocobelli.

Music Credits:

“Rattlesnake Railroad”, “Big Western Sky”, “Western Adventure” and “Battle on the Western Frontier” by Brett Van Donsel (www.incompetech.com).

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