John T. Boyd Company Updates - Archive

2023 Queensland Exploration Council Annual Breakfast

Jack Steenekamp (Managing Director - Australia) and Adrian Buck (Principal Geologist) attended the Queensland Exploration Council’s (QEC) annual breakfast on Wednesday (22/11) morning. It also featured the launch of the QEC’s 13th annual Exploration Scorecard, shedding light on some of the challenges impacting confidence in the mining sector right now. Concerns about state and federal government policy changes, along with the introduction of new royalty taxes have reportedly led to a notable decline in industry confidence over 2022-23. The report highlighted the need for a more collaborative approach between industry and Government to build a stronger future for Queensland. Resources Minister for Queensland, Scott Stewart gave the keynote address, and was also part of a panel discussing current topics of relevance in the industry. With 130 in attendance, it provided a good opportunity to see old faces and catch up on time lost, and with great other networking prospects.

2023 SME/PCMIA Annual Joint Meeting

BOYD would like to thank the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) and Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) for inviting John Boyd II, President & CEO, to deliver the Keynote Presentation at their recent 2023 Annual Joint Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

His presentation, entitled Opportunities and Challenges to the U.S. Coal Market, focused on the continuing disruption to international energy markets caused by the Russia/Ukraine war and associated economic sanctions; U.S. coal, natural gas and renewable energy markets; projected coal plant retirements; and how the combination of coal plant retirements and the wave of new renewable generation is affecting the reliability of the U.S. power grid.

2023 Queensland Resources Council Annual Forum

The John T. Boyd team attended the Queensland Resources Council's (QRC) Annual Forum, titled the 'State of the Sector', followed by its Annual Lunch, hosted in South Brisbane on the 9th of November. The Forum featured a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Funding the Future – Should the finance and insurance sector be picking winners for Australia’s resources-rich future?’. This proved to be very informative with a well-balanced and highly experienced panel, addressing the current problematic state of securing sufficient insurance for the mining industry and related projects.

Thereafter, the BOYD team hosted a table with some of our valuable clients, and enjoyed a superb lunch while having a sit-down opportunity to catch up and interact on a more personal basis. With a room of 1,000 people at the lunch, it no doubt provided a good opportunity to also catch up with other clients and contacts in the industry.

China Mining Conference and Exhibition 2023

China Mining Conference and Exhibition 2023 was held from October 26th - 28th at Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center, with over 200 Chinese and international enterprises/organizations attending the event. Exhibitors included mining companies, equipment manufacturers, mine design institutes, mine contractors and service providers, mining consultants, law firms, financial institutions, government authorities, etc.

BOYD Beijing Representative Office personnel exhibited at the event and met many new friends engaged in various business categories of the mining industry, as well as reconnected with some of our old friends. During the three-day event, BOYD Beijing Office personnel received hundreds of visitors, introducing BOYD global experiences and sharing our knowledge and insights into the international mining industry.

BOYD's Visit w/ Collective Mining

Special thanks to Collective Mining and its management team for hosting Carlos Felipe Barrera, BOYD's Managing Director - South America, on a great site visit to the Guayabales exploration project.

Colombian Coal Summit 2023 Dinner Reception

Barranquilla never disappoints! A great night with friends, colleagues, and clients to support the important efforts of Colombia in the Just Coal Transition.

China Mining Conference & Exhibition 2023

John T. Boyd Company's Beijing Office will be exhibiting at China Mining 2023 (China Mining Conference & Exhibition 2023) October 26th - October 28th in Tianjin!

Stop by our booth at Booth No. 5214 at the Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center to meet our team. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

2023 Colombian Coal Summit

BOYD's Managing Director - South America, Carlos Felipe Barrera, will be moderating a panel discussion during the Colombian Coal Summit in Barranquilla October 19 and 20th.

2023 EMLF Fall Symposium

Make sure to connect with BOYD's Sydney Boyd if you will be joining the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation in Lexington, KY this week for their Fall Symposium. She is looking forward to seeing everyone!

Mining Engineering Magazine Interviews Sam Shoemaker

BOYD’s Sam Shoemaker sat down with Mining Engineering Magazine to share his experience with Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) for their August 2023 Rock in the Box column. Sam served as the Mining & Exploration (M&E) Division Chair in 2015 and has continued to serve on various committees.

If you haven’t already, and are in the mining industry, take a piece of his advice and get involved with the SME as soon as you can!

XVI Expo Conference Expominas

Earlier this month, BOYD’s Carlos Felipe Barrera attended XVI Expo Conference Expominas in Quito, Ecuador. Expominas Ecuador offered a great opportunity to capture the significant advances of the mining sector, and public policy.

Ecuador remains an important mining district, and the project pipeline is a testimony of what will come in the near future!

World Mining Congress 2023

BOYD's John Boyd, Jack Steenekamp, Vlado Kusovski, and Adrian Buck enjoyed their time at the 2023 World Mining Congress held in Brisbane, Australia. During the four-day event, they attended insightful presentations, caught up with old friends, and connected with new ones.

Thank you to everyone who ‘popped’ by our booth at Stand 106 — they enjoyed seeing you!

EMLF 44th Annual Institute

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation's 44th Annual Institute in Charleston, South Carolina exceeded all expectations!

BOYD’s John Boyd II and Sydney Boyd enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new connections in between the informative educational sessions. Thank you again to those that joined us for dinner during the dine-around on Monday night.

Mining Deposits Valuation Workshop 2023

John T. Boyd Company had the privilege to lead the Mining Deposits Valuation Workshop for Coquecol’s management team. Carlos Felipe Barrera and our local Colombian team presented the valuation techniques, variables, risks, and opportunities available in the mining sector.

Special thanks to all of Grupo Coquecol’s team and Daniela Cuellar of FTI Consulting.

AusIMM's Southern Queensland Branch April Tech Talk

Members of BOYD’s Brisbane office (Jack Steenekamp, BOYD's Managing Director - Australia, Vlado Kusovski, Principal Engineer, and Adrian Buck, Principal Geologist), attended the AusIMM’s ‘Southern Queensland Branch April tech talk: JORC Code Update’ this week. Peter Stoker OAM (Deputy Chairman of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC)) gave a brief overview of the JORC Code, as well as providing an outline of the process on the update to the JORC Code, the key areas being reviewed, and the overall status of the process. The evening was a chance to catch up, make new connections, and learn about the update to the JORC Code.

The Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves ('The JORC Code') is a professional code of practice that sets minimum standards for public reporting of minerals exploration results, mineral resources and ore reserves here in Australia and other international jurisdictions.

BOYD Hosts Colombian Delegation at Pittsburgh Headquarters

BOYD had the honor of hosting a Colombian delegation at our headquarters in Pittsburgh earlier this month. With Colombiana de Minerales (and their partners), we are working together towards the implementation of safety and production protocols while strictly adhering to international standards.

Special thanks to CONSOL Energy for a great mine visit to their Harvey Mine.

2023 SME Annual Conference & Expo

Staying involved and sharing our knowledge with important industry organizations is a BOYD priority. During this year’s SME Conference & Expo, John Boyd and Bill Wolf gave enlightening presentations focusing on the U.S. Coal Industry.

John’s presentation focused primarily on the opportunities and challenges to the U.S. coal market, including impacts from natural gas, and the growing renewable energy contribution. Bill took a more specific approach and focused on the U.S. coking coal industry.

Networking Event w/ ACM and JA&A

During PDAC 2023, BOYD hosted a wonderful networking event with the support of Asociación Colombiana de Mineria (ACM) and Jaime Arteaga & Asociados (JA&A).

It was great to see all our friends in Toronto and participate in conferences/events that help transform our industry.

Australia Colombia Business Council (ACBC) Welcome Breakfast

Carlos Felipe Barrera, BOYD's Managing Director - South America and Board Member of the Australia Colombia Business Council (ACBC), attended the breakfast welcoming the new Australian Ambassador in Colombia - Hon. Bernard Unkles.

Thank you Brigard Urrutia for organizing this wonderful event in Bogotá

Colombian Delegation Visits w/ BOYD During MetCoke Summit 2022

BOYD had the privilege of hosting our Colombian friends for a special dinner in historic downtown Pittsburgh and an underground mine tour in West Virginia during their visit for the MetCoke Summit 2022.

Special thanks to Alliance Coal, LLC for coordinating a fantastic mine tour of their impressive Tunnel Ridge Mine.

BOYD Welcomes Jacques (Jack) G. Steenekamp as Managing Director – Australia

Please join us in welcoming Jacques (Jack) G. Steenekamp as our new Managing Director – Australia. Jack’s 35 years of experience in international mining consulting, operational, technical, and business management roles along with his management and leadership experience and skills will be a tremendous asset to BOYD. The first half of his career was largely spent in engineering and operational management roles on mining sites and in corporate environments, followed by consultancy, project management and advisory roles, primarily with SRK Consulting and Mining Consultancy Services (MCS). We’re excited for Jack to strengthen and grow the Brisbane office and the BOYD brand throughout the world!

International MetCoke Summit Dinner Reception

We’d like to thank everyone who joined BOYD for dinner after Day One of the inaugural MetCoke Summit Colombia 2022. It was great to see our friends and clients again in beautiful Barranquilla!

Carlos Felipe Barrera (BOYD Managing Director – South America) and Bill Wolf (BOYD Vice President) hosted a wonderful event.

International MetCoke Summit Colombia 2022

Federación Nacional de Productores de Carbón (FENALCARBON) brought together producers and suppliers of the coal and steel industries to participate in the International MetCoke Summit Colombia 2022. The attendance for this inaugural event was spectacular!

During the Summit, Bill Wolf (BOYD Vice President) shared John T. Boyd Company’s view of the metallurgical coal and coke markets.

Colombian Mining Pipeline 2022

If you missed the opportunities to see Carlos Felipe Barrera, BOYD's Managing Director - South America, introduce the Colombian Mining Pipeline, don't worry!

View the recording: Click Here.

Download the pipeline: Click Here.

Mining Opportunities in Colombia 2022

BOYD is excited to announce a hybrid event during which experts will be discussing the opportunities in the Colombian mining sector. The event will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM Colombian Time / 7:00 PM EST.

The event is hosted by John T. Boyd Company, FTI Consulting, Australia Colombia Business Council, and Brigard Urrutia.

Spaces for the in-person option (Brigard Urrutia offices in Bogota) are limited, so please register your interest for both the in-person and virtual option Here.

EMLF 43rd Annual Institute

John T. Boyd II, President & CEO, was the Keynote Speaker at the recent Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 43rd Annual Institute.

His presentation, entitled Major Developments in the World Energy Markets, focused on the disruption to international energy markets caused by the Russia/ Ukraine war and associated economic sanctions, the impact on US coal and natural gas supply/demand/pricing and their ability to respond with extra capacity, coal plant retirements, and how the combination of coal plant retirements and the wave of new renewable generation is affecting the reliability of the US power grid.

2022 MinaTonica

Carlos Felipe Barrera, BOYD’s Managing Director - South America, participated in the latest version of “MinaTonica” which is a new concept of mining discussions in the territory.

We look forward to participating in similar events.

2021 Bowen Basin Symposium

BOYD was pleased to participate in another great Bowen Basin Symposium - as always, a tremendous success! It was great to catch up with so many familiar faces and meet many new ones.

We would like to extend our congratulations to David Green, Danique Gerber, and the entire organizing committee that played a hand in making the event happen against all odds.


The 2022 SME Annual Conference & EXPO is a little over a week away, and BOYD is looking forward to connecting with you in Salt Lake City!

You can find Ali Lashgari, Ph.D., Chair of the Health & Safety Division, overseeing the H&S Technical Sessions, Sam Shoemaker, member of the Finance Committee, will be on a panel discussing geometallurgy, and you can find Jody Kelso at Mineral & Metallurgical Processing sessions.

BOYD Experience Map

July 2021: BOYD is proud to have experience in over 90 countries! Thank you to our clients for allowing us to reach this accomplishment. We're looking forward to the future.

PITT Seam Ownership Map

The Pittsburgh No. 8 Seam consists of only four producers. They include American Consolidated Natural Resources (formerly Murray Energy Corporation), CONSOL Energy Inc., Alliance Resource Partners LP, and Contura Energy, Inc. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced coal demand for all the Pittsburgh No. 8 Seam producers through the Third Quarter of 2020. There has been news that Contura Energy executed a definitive agreement with Iron Senergy Holding, LLC for the divestment of Contura Energy’s Pennsylvania operations, including the Cumberland Mine. The equity transaction is expected to close before the end of the year, and upon closing will transfer to Iron Senergy the subsidiaries that hold Contura Energy’s Cumberland and Emerald mines and the associated coal reserves, mining permits and operations, infrastructure, equipment, and transloading facilities.

Webinar: Complying with S-K 1300


On November 10th, BOYD presented a webinar titled “Complying with
S-K 1300: Maintaining Compliance in Light of New Reporting Requirements”. Our experts discussed what this new regulation entails, who is affected, what companies must do to ensure compliance, and additional insightful information.

If you have any questions regarding Regulation S-K 1300, please contact us and ask to speak with one of the presenters: Rob Farmer, Vice President, or Greg Stanish, Director of Geological Services.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here.

Webinar: Panel Interactivo de Carbón Colombiano

Colombia Dashboard Update

On July 30th, BOYD presented a webinar showcasing our Colombian Coal Dashboard. The dashboard includes a collection of key data for the Colombian Coal Industry, such as, production, royalties, origin and destinations, as well as, prices, rankings, consumption, and markets.

The webinar also included many notable speakers. Juan Camilo Nariño, President of the Asociación Colombiana de Minería, Juan Manuel Sanchez, President of Fenalcarbón, Fredy Rojas, Mine Engineer from UPME, and Alejandro Castañeda, President of ANDEG, all spoke about how beneficial this tool is to the Colombian Coal Industry. BOYD’s representatives included Carlos Barrera, Managing Director, Andrés Montoya, Senior Mining Engineer, and John Boyd, President & CEO. Special thanks to Carlos and Andrés for organizing and presenting this enlightening event!

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here.

Colombian Coal

Colombia Map

Colombia plays an essential role in the world coal market. The country is the 5th largest thermal exporter (as 2019), and is in the top 10 for metallurgical coal and coke exports. Consolidated open pit thermal coal regions have been producing for over 40 years and metallurgical regions are focused in the northeastern departments with mostly underground small and medium size operations. The relative flat and shallow thermal coal seams near the Caribbean sea contrast with the thin, steep and highly faulted geological setting of the interior of the country.

Coal represents ±65% of the mining GDP and ±19% of the total exports of the country, making this mineral a key driver for the economy.

SME Distinguished Member Award, Class of 2020 to Sam J. Shoemaker Jr

Sam Shoemaker Award 2020The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) presents its Distinguished Member Award to a select few who have made long term and notable contributions to the technology and professional activities encompassed by the Society and the industry. We would like to thank the SME for selecting BOYD's Sam Shoemaker as the 2020 recipient.

Paul D. Anderson on International Coal Resource/ Reserve Reporting to the SME/ PCMIA Joint Annual Meeting

Vince D. ICGCM 2019Paul Anderson, BOYD's Director of Geological Services, addressed the SME/ PCMIA Joint Annual Meeting on the evolution of codes used across the globe to report coal resources and reserves, and compared the requirements of the current systems and their effectiveness. His presentation was well received and the Q&A continued throughout the conference.

For those in the US, BOYD is well versed on the requirements of the new rule (S-K 1300) and looks forward to preparing your public reports.

Dr. Vincent A. Scovazzo Chairs Session on Underground Stone Mines at SME ICGCM 2019

The SME recently hosted the 38th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining (ICGCM) in Morgantown, West Virginia (July 23-25, 2019).

BOYD's own Dr. Vincent Scovazzo, Director of Geotechnical Services, who has authored and presented numerous papers for the conference over the years, chaired this year's session on Emerging Issues and Studies in Underground Stone Mines. Congratulations to the ICGCM for 38 great years and we look forward to next year in Canonsburg, PA.

John L. McClaugherty Award for Dedication and Service to John T. Boyd II

JTB2 McClaugherty AwardJohn T. Boyd II received the John L. McClaugherty Award for Dedication and Service to the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation at the 2019 Annual Institute on June 9th, in Washington, D.C. The McClaugherty Award honors an EMLF Member who exemplifies a continuing involvement and commitment to the EMLF, the legal profession, and the energy and natural resources industry. The McClaugherty Award is the Foundation's highest recognition of an EMLF member's contributions.

Carlos F. Barrera Presents on CRIRSCO to the Legal Mining Congress

Carlos Legal Mining CongressThe Ecuadorian Mining Chamber (Camara de Mineria del Ecuador) and Mr. Andrade Veloz Abogados invited BOYD's Carlos Barrera to speak at the Legal Mining Congress 2019. The annual event covered mining and development, financial transactions in the mining industry, M&A valuations, and prior consultation. Carlos focused on CRIRSCO applications, specifically CRIRSCO applications in mineral valuations.

John L. Weiss Discusses International Coal Markets at the SME/Central Appalachian Section Spring Meeting

JLW SME Spring MeetingBOYD's John Weiss delivered the Keynote Address on International Coal Markets to the SME/Central Appalachian Section 2019 Spring Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. His presentation focused on international supply/demand, prices, and analyses of the major coal producing countries.

SME Mining and Exploration Division Distinguished Service Award to Sam J. Shoemaker Jr

Sam Shoemaker John T Boyd mining consultantThe John T. Boyd Company is pleased to announce that Sam Shoemaker was awarded the SME Mining and Exploration Division Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 SME Annual Conference. Also, Sam will become a Distinguished Member of SME, Class of 2020 at next year's conference. The SME presents it's Distinguished Member Award to a select few who have made long term and notable contributions to the technology and professional activities encompassed by the Society and the industry.

Robert Stefanko Distinguished Achievement Award in Mineral Engineering to John L. Weiss

John L Weiss John T Boyd mining consultantThe faculty of Penn State's Mining Engineering program named John Weiss as the recipient of the Robert Stefanko Distinguished Achievement Award in Mineral Engineering. This award was established in 1992 to honor past Professor Robert Stefanko and recognizes achievements and leadership that enhance the mineral engineering profession. John is a Vice-President at the John T. Boyd Company and has worked at the company since 1990. John received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Penn State in 1983.

SME/AIME Mineral Economics Award to Ronald L. Lewis

Ron Lewis mining consultantThe SME/AIME Mineral Economics Award was presented to Ronald L. Lewis in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements and distinguished contributions to the field of mineral economics. Ron is the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of John T. Boyd Company. He is a recognized expert in the valuation of coal and mineral reserves and operating mining companies with a specialized expertise in the areas of coal and mineral reserve estimation, surface and underground mine analysis, economic assessments, and market analysis. He is also a certified member of the International Institute of Mineral Appraisers.