A Mine Visits on 27 June 2019 will allow participants to explore the latest developments and opportunities in the Bulgarian mining industry, and will afford delegates the opportunity to make valuable contacts with industry insiders from across the region. You may register for the Mine Site Visit separately or as an option when completing the Delegate Registration Form.


Ellatzite-Med operation takes place at two sites – a Mine Complex and a Flotation Complex. The open pit is located about 80 km East from Sofia near Etropole town. The Flotation complex is about 28 km distance – near Mirkovo village. Ellatzite-Med AD is one of the largest copper mining companies in Bulgaria, dealing mainly with extraction and processing of copper porphyry gold-bearing ores from Ellatzite deposit. The extracted ore is transported from Ellatzite open-pit mine located near the town of Etropole to the Flotation Complex in Mirkovo village on a 6.5 km underground rubber-belt conveyor line which was driven beneath Stara Planina Mountain. It is a structural-determinant enterprise in Bulgarian economy and one of the largest investors and taxpayers. Over the years, various programmes have been elaborated for ensuring the long-term operation of the company and for improving the financial and technical parameters of copper ore extraction and processing. Today Ellatzite mine ranks among the top copper-producing companies with the largest production capacities in Europe. The implementation of new projects and substantial investments in capital construction and technological equipment guarantee sustainable operation of the mine complex in strict compliance with the relevant health, safety and environment regulations. 


Time-schedule (timings are approximate and subject to confirmation)

08.30-10.00        Departure from Sofia Hotel Balkan. Transfer to Ellatzite-Med

10.00-10-15        Arrival to Ellatzite-Med. Health the Safety instructions.

10.15-13.00         Group 1 – Mine visit

10.15-13.00         Group 2 –  Visit to the Flotation complex about 28 km distance – near Mirkovo village.

13.00-14.30         Lunch and meeting with the Georgi Petrov, Deputy general director of Ellatzite-Med

14.30-16.00         Departure from Ellatzite-Med. Transfer to Sofia Hotel Balkan.