David Pearce


Principal Mining Engineer
SRK Consulting (UK)

David has over 30 years’ experience in open pit mining operations, due diligence reviews for acquisitions, stock exchange listings and project finance.

David spent 11 years working on world-class coal and hard rock mining operations in various roles, including 4 years as manager of technical services for one of the largest trucks and shovel mines globally and one of Rio Tinto’s most efficient mines at the time. With SRK, David has led technical studies; due diligence reviews for acquisitions, stock exchange listings and project finance, including listing reports for ERG (ENRC) (Kazakhstan) and Vedanta (India); and project optimisation studies. His broad knowledge of a wide range of commodities and working environments enables him to identify key issues quickly and efficiently, and nominate experts from around the world with appropriate specialist skills to provide specific advice.

David is SRK’s team leader for the development of haulage efficiency services, working with partners to develop specialised software to measure the efficiency of haulage operations. Additionally, he is a member of SRK’s global group evaluating the application of digital solutions.

David has worked in Russia and CIS countries continuously since 2006 and is one of the most well-known international mining specialists in Russia. He has provided training programs to senior managers at several major companies and helped initiate updates to federal design regulations for open pit slope design. David is a regular speaker at key regional conferences.

Session 1: Impact of geopolitics on mining in Central Asia
28 November 2022 / 09:40 - 10:40 |

Meeting the challenge of decarbonising mining

Mining requires a significant amount of energy to break, move, and crush rock as well as to produce the chemicals needed to concentrate minerals and, where necessary, to convert minerals into metal. Often, creating this energy generates significant emissions. In this presentation, David will outline practical steps to reduce the energy required as well as the carbon emissions produced by mines.


Session 5: The present and future of mining industry modernisation and transformation
28 November 2022 / 15:00 - 16:30 |