UK-Kazakhstan trade mission

Memorandum signingBGSI is involved in high-level discussions with the Ministry for Investment and Development (MID) in Kazakhstan and visited Astana recently as part of a UKTI trade mission. At the conclusion of this meeting, several memorandums were signed by the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Livingston, and Asset Issekeshev, the Minister for Investment and Development (both pictured here). These memorandums are designed to strengthen greater business ties between the UK and Kazakhstan in several fields, including mining. BGSI is in discussions with key organisations in Kazakhstan about helping to develop the mineral industry in the country and encourage greater foreign investment.

BGSI judges in UK World Skills competition

Judging panelBGSI were one of three judges involved in a recent environmental science competition at the NEC in Birmingham. The event, part of a series of events held by the UK branch of World Skills, aims to encourage interest from students in various occupations and give an experience of what might be expected from them from future employers.

The environmental science competition saw six teams from across the UK seek to address the future energy needs of a fictitious island over the next few decades. Teams worked hard to try to balance the need to maintain an adequate power supply to the population with environmental and socio-political issues. Each team’s recommendations were then submitted as a written report before presentations were made to the judging panel who quizzed them on their ideas.

This is the second year BGSI have been involved as judging the competition and we are pleased to be associated with events such as these which seek to encourage enquiring younger scientific minds.

Afghan inception visit completed

BGSI KabulStaff from BGSI recently returned from a short visit to Kabul which marked the start of our DFID-funded Afghan project designed to help the Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP). This visit was used to determine the current status of the AGS and MoMP and also, in discussion with both organisations, agree the strategy for the project over the next 3 years. The work plan for this project is currently being written and will be submitted to DFID for approval shortly. Once accepted, the implementation of the work will begin early in 2015.

Major DFID-funded project in Afghanistan secured

DSCN1463BGSI is pleased to announce the securing of a major 3 year project in Afghanistan. The project, funded by the UK’s DFID (Department for International Development), will help improve the capabilities and resources of the Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) and the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum by providing equipment and training for AGS staff as well as promotional activities to advertise Afghanistan’s mineral resources to the wider world.

Dr Peter Zawada, Managing Director of BGSI said “We are thrilled to be awarded this contract from DFID which represents a significant investment by the UK government in Afghanistan. BGSI looks forward to starting this work soon and to help the Afghan nation realise the economic and social benefits of their mineral resources through managed sustainable development”.

For further information about this work, please contact us through the enquiries form.

Zambian project starts

Dr Frik Hartzer in the field with some colleaguesBGSI is to commence work on a new project in Zambia titled ‘Institutional Strengthening of the Geological Survey Department of Zambia in support of mineral exploration and environmental sectors’. This project, which is funded by DFID and managed by the Council for Geoscience (CGS) in South Africa, will be led from the BGSI side by Dr. Frik Hartzer who joined BGSI at the beginning of September. Frik will initially travel to Zambia with other CGS personnel to understand the requirements of the Geological Survey before undertaking the capability strengthening work itself at a later date.

New starters at BGSI

BGSI is pleased to announce the arrival of two new starters joining us from 1st September.

FrikDr. Frik Harzer joins us as a Senior Project Manager and will be working on some of our new projects in Africa. Frik has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of geological mapping in Africa, specialising in the execution and supervision of international geological programmes. He previously worked at the Council for Geoscience in South Africa, and has also worked as an independent consultant to the minerals and mining community.

On his appointment to BGSI Frik said “I am very excited about the opportunity to work for a dynamic company such as BGSI on its various endeavours worldwide”.

Paula Mulvihill

Paula Mulvihill has also joined BGSI as an Office Administrator. Paula has a background in science and I.T. and previously worked in an I.T. consultancy. Paula joins us to help manage office activities and says “I am really looking forward to the opportunity of working for BGSI and helping them expand their business”

Dr Peter Zawada, Managing Director of BGSI, said “I am pleased to welcome Frik and Paula to BGSI and I am sure that they will help to enable the company to continue to flourish”.

BGSI sponsors Young Earth Scientists conference

3rd World Young Geoscientists ConferenceBGSI is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the 3rd Young Earth Scientists (YES) congress and the 25th Colloquium of African Geology (CAGS25) to be held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, from August 11th-16th.

BGSI has been working with the Tanzanian Geological Survey since April 2013 on the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project (SMMRP) as part of a credit received from the International Development Association (IDA) to the Government of Tanzania. A key component of the SMMRP is to support the Geological Survey of Tanzania in building capacity in geological, geochemical and ground geophysical surveys, which are vital skills in unlocking the resources of Tanzania for the benefit of its people, the region and the continent.  BGSI wishes the delegates attending YES Congress and CAG25 a fruitful and productive time.

For further information about the conference, please visit: and

Geodata project update

BGS International has recently recruited Alex Fuentes to work with us in developing a geodata information management system. Alex graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Leicester in 2013 and started with BGSI in May 2014. Alex has been using a variety of software packages to help manipulate and manage different datasets and has been an important part of the team in helping collate geodata and understand its limitations.

Alex said “Working with a company like BGSI is a great experience for me, allowing me to strengthen old skills and develop new ones. The challenge of being part of pioneering new projects is both rewarding and exciting.”

KTP Associate starts

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BGS International is delighted to welcome our KTP Associate, Sławomir (Sławek) Wójcik. Sławek joined BGS International as part of a knowledge transfer partnership agreement of the The Technology Strategy Board with the Department of Computing and Technology, Nottingham Trent University.

He will be responsible for developing a series of innovative geodata solutions for BGSi.

Having experience in academic projects at Warsaw University of Technology as well as commercial background in Samsung Research & Development, Sławek is an engineer of very diverse background, whose interests range from photonics and metrology to desktop and mobile software development. As a KTP Associate, Sławek joins BGSI team aiming to promote innovation with a joint project between BGSI and Nottingham Trent University.

Sławek said: “Joining such an experienced team and going into the world of geology is really exciting, and I am really looking forward to see us make a difference by providing innovation to the world.”

Malawi Project Begins

BGS International (BGSi) has been contracted by the Ministry of Mining of Malawi to provide technical supervision and quality control of a high-resolution nation-wide airborne geophysical survey of Malawi.

The survey will involve joint magnetic and gamma-ray spectrometer data acquisition over the entire country, in excess of 477,000 line-kms at 250m line-spacing, and localised gravity surveys over pre-determined blocks in the north and south of the country at 500m line separations.

The airborne survey is an integral part of the Mining Governance and Growth Support programme (MGGSP) being implemented by the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Mining with support from the World Bank and European Union, with the aim of supporting the development of the mineral and mining sector in Malawi through the acquisition and dissemination of modern digital geodata. The primary objective of the BGSi assignment is to ensure that the airborne geophysical survey is undertaken according to strict specifications and the satisfaction of the Geological Survey Department in representation of the Ministry of Mining.

Additionally a cadre of young geoscientists from the GSD will be trained in the fundamental techniques of airborne geophysical surveys and data interpretation, hence enhancing the technical capacity of the organisation to the benefit of Malawi.