NAY PYI TAW, 4 December 2017 – Eight mining companies involved in mining, processing and distribution of mineral products in the ASEAN region were recognised at the 1st ASEAN Mineral Awards for their achievements to support an environmentally and socially sustainable minerals sector. The launch and awarding ceremony was held during the 6th ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Minerals on 30 November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

For the Best Practice in Minerals Mining category, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation of the Philippines was declared winner.  PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals of Indonesia and Siam Cement Kaeng Khoi of Thailand were declared runners-up.

Meanwhile, OceanaGold Mining Corporation of the Philippines was awarded the winner of Best Practice in Minerals Processing category. The runners-up were PT Antam Persero Tbk of Indonesia and MMG Lanxang Minerals Ltd of Lao PDR.

In the last category, which was Best Practices in Minerals Distribution, PT Amman Mineral Nusatenggara of Indonesia was declared as the winner while Pipatkorn Co. Ltd of Thailand was awarded as runner-up.

The 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals emphasised that recognition of these companies and the promotion of their best practices will help raise performance by making good examples accessible, encourage government and industry to aspire to higher standards, and spur better ways of doing things.

Brunei Darussalam led the ASEAN initiative to establish the First ASEAN Mineral Awards while Indonesia chaired the Board of Judges consisting of 10 judges from each ASEAN Member State.

The best practices recognised a range of mineral products and processes: mining of nickel laterite in the Philippines (Rio Tuba), gold mining in Indonesia (PT Nusa Halmahera) and limestone quarrying in Thailand (Siam Cement Kaeng Khoi); processing of ferronickel in Indonesia (PT Antam), gold ore in the Philippines (OceanaGold) and copper cathodes in LaoPDR (MMG Lanxang); and distribution of copper concentrates from Indonesia (PT Amman) and feldspar minerals in Thailand (Pipatkorn).

Further details on the best practices are available here.