Australian METS suppliers and Polish miners boost collaboration agreements

05 Dec 2018

Australian and Polish mining and resources companies have signed four memorandums of understanding, following the Polish and Australian Resources and Energy conference in Sydney earlier this year.

The agreements were signed by CSIRO QCAT, Palaris and Australian Drilling Systems. The MoUs encompass the provision of equipment and services including project management and mine planning; risk and asset management; directional drilling technologies; and associated training and research in advanced longwall mining technologies, gas emission management and ventilation.

CSIRO QCAT and Palaris have conducted follow-up technical visits to Poland while other companies plan to visit Poland.

As part of his first official visit to Australia in August, Polish President Andrzej Duda delivered the opening address at the conference, outlining the importance of collaboration on ‘intelligent’ mine development and advanced technologies.

The conference attracted over 200 senior energy industry professionals from both countries. Speakers included Dr Stephanie Fahey, Austrade CEO; Daniel Ozon, President of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa (JSW), Poland’s largest coking coal producer; and Piotr Woźniak, President of Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo, the largest oil and gas exploration and production company in Poland.

The delegation accompanying President Duda on his visit comprised five government ministers and representatives from more than 40 major Polish businesses.

Key delegates from the Polish mining and resources sector also travelled to Sydney, Perth and Brisbane for multiple meetings to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

The events organised during the visit provided opportunities for open discussion and networking and clearly demonstrated the interest and mutual commitment to strengthening the trade and investment relationship between Australia and Poland.

For more information, contact Austrade Warsaw.