The“Golden Hephaestus 2016” Industry Competition - respect and honor for employees of mining and metallurgical industry!

Only a few days left to sum up the most prestigious industry competition in the sphere of MMC – “Golden Hephaestus 2016”.

gh logoAnd the less time is left before the final meeting of the jury, there is more excitement of contestants themselves and the companies that nominated their employees for the Golden Hephaestus awards. After all, these are the people who create the mining and metallurgy complex of the country and make it work effectively. Miners and metallurgists, teachers and journalists, engineers, designers, craftsmen and workers at workshops - all of them are worthy of respect and honor for their hard work.

The National Industry Award “Golden Hephaestus” is annually given to industry professionals, companies and projects, as well as to journalists and teachers who share a strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, innovative spirit, and that is the key to success in developing Kazakhstan’s MMC.

The Grand Ceremony of the 7th National Award “Golden Hephaestus 2016” will be held on June 15 at Gala Reception devoted to the International Congress and Exhibition “AMM - Astana Mining & Metallurgy 2016”. Main theme of the event: “The achievements of MMC during 25 years of independence of Kazakhstan”. Over these years truly huge work equal to the whole centuries by its importance and scale has been done in the mining and metallurgy complex of the country. The best of the best industry professionals who daily put their heart and soul in their favorite occupation for the benefit of Kazakhstan will be honored on stage.

Each year the organisers try to surprise the audience, and above all to please the nominees and winners of the award with the program specifically designed for the event. And this time, the guests will find a lot of surprises and musical gifts.

Among the winners of previous years there are the Chief Geologist of the Department of Mineral Resources of “Kazminerals Management” Bayan Alzhanova; the Vice President of Production of “Shubarkol Komir” JSC Bulat Zhakenov; the Chairman of the Board of “Tau-Ken Temir” LLP Yerbol Imankulov (awarded posthumously) and many other professionals - geologists, miners and metallurgists.

It should also be highlighted that the “Golden Hephaestus” Award is given to the projects in which innovative technologies, new approaches to economic and social efficiency were used. For example, last year the projects as: the construction of rail and structural steel plant ( “Aktobe Rail and Structural Steel Plant”); methods for restoring well productivity with the help of processing with sulfuric acid solutions with the addition of ammonium bifluoride (YurAziya Energy Holdings / “KRK JV “Zarechnoye”) under the leadership of the Vice-President of Production Marat Niyetbaev , as well as “Reactive power compensation in 0.4-6 kW, 0.4-10 kW networks in Akdala, South Inkai, Khorasan mines” (“NAC “Kazatomprom” JSC) were the best.

Among the companies participating in the contest “Er-Tai”, “Kazzinc”, “KSP Steel”, “Evraz Caspian Stal”, “Kazhrom”, “Kazakhmys” and many others were awarded earlier.

For some categories (Researcher/Teacher of the year, Best Thesis of the year, Best Media Project of the year) cash bonuses are to be awarded.

Each year in the framework of “Golden Hephaestus” the best workers of mining and metallurgical industry are awarded honorary lapel pins – “Kenshі danky” (Miner’s Honor) and “Yenbek danky” (Labour Honor).

The “Golden Hephaestus” Award is the only professional award, established by the Ministry of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan in 2010 with continuous support of the company ERG. The organiser is Kazakhstan Exhibition Company “Iteca”.

The winners of the “Golden Hephaestus” Award are traditionally determined on a closed discussion of the jury on the eve of the Gala Reception. The expert jury consists of the most influential professionals of the MMC industry.

All information about the nominations, selection criteria, required materials and applications are available at

The list of nominations of “Golden Hephaestus 2016”:

  1. Professional of the year:
    • Geologist of the year
    • Miner of the year
    • Metallurgist of the year
  2. Best Project of the year
  3. Leader of the year in innovations
  4. Leader for local content
  5. Researcher/Teacher of the year
  6. Best Thesis of the year
  7. Best Media Project of the year:
    • Best journalistic work about MMC in the media and Internet resource
    • Best journalistic work about MMC on TV
    • Best journalistic work about Man of Labor in MMC (special prize)
  8. Best energy-saving solution (award from ERG).
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