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Successful Mining and Exploration in Turkey and Beyond with Kerim Sener

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In this episode, we chat with Kerim Sener, Managing Director at Ariana Resources, an AIM-listed gold exploration and development company focused on epithermal gold-silver and porphyry copper-gold deposits in Turkey.

Kerim is an experienced exploration geologist within the junior mining space. He has worked in Australia, Europe, Africa, and North America and gives us an update on Ariana’ Kiziltepe, Tavsan and Salinbas projects and what Turkey is like as a mining jurisdiction.


  • Ariana Resources has an operational gold and silver mine in the Kiziltepe sector, in Turkey.
  • Several satellite projects are being explored around the Kiziltepe mine and mill.
  • The Tavsan gold and silver project is in development and is due to be up and running in Q3. More exploration is running alongside this.
  • In Cyprus, Ariana Resources is developing a series of copper-gold projects with Venus Minerals.
  • The Turkish government has been supportive of mining. In 20 years, the country has gone from one active mine to 17.
  • Ariana Resources is currently the only AIM-listed company exploring for gold in Turkey.
  • They have enhanced datasets which means they have the edge when it comes to exploring Turkey, which is underexplored.
  • Their team includes a full geological team, including geochemists, geophysicists, a GIS manager, resource specialists and remote sensing specialisation.
  • Ariana Resources have been involved in developing important pieces of successful technology. This has kept their gold discovery per ounce cost down to the lowest in the world.
  • The company has successfully raised a lot of cash.
  • Shareholders have already received high premiums.


Kiziltepe was a huge milestone for the company because we made the successful transition that few make in our space from pure exploration, into production. ´

‘Turkey is the largest gold producer in Europe currently. And it's one of the largest gold producers in the world.’

‘We very much pride ourselves on our use of technology, not just using bits of technology and kit to our advantage, but actually being an integral part of the development.’


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ariana-resources-plc?originalSubdomain=uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArianaResources?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSnkV2Rvye7fLRRskBuHQzQ/videos









Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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