May 17, 2020

5 big winners at the 2016 Energy and Mines Renewables and Mining Awards

sustainabile mining
mining awards
Renewable Energy
Dale Benton
5 min
5 big winners at the 2016 Energy and Mines Renewables and Mining Awards
Last week, thirteen mines and mine companies were rewarded for a commitment to innovation in renewables and energy in the mining industry at the 2016 En...

Last week, thirteen mines and mine companies were rewarded for a commitment to innovation in renewables and energy in the mining industry at the 2016 Energy and Mines Renewables and Mining Awards.

Here, we take a look at five that caught our eye:

Best use of energy storage (electrical) at a mine site:

Reglan mine – Glencore

Located at the extreme limit of Northern Québec, the Raglan Mine property spans an area of nearly 70 kilometres and consists of a series of high-grade ore deposits composed mostly of nickel and copper.

The ore extracted from the mines is crushed, ground and processed on site to produce a nickel-copper concentrate. Approximately 1.3 million tonnes of ore is treated yearly at the concentrator resulting in more than 37,000 tonnes of nickel-in-concentrate annually.

The mine site includes four active underground mines, a concentrator, as well as administrative and accommodation facilities. In addition, Glencore have all the same infrastructure as a southern municipality (i.e. A fresh water supply source, fuel tanks, a water treatment plant, a power plant, etc.).

A road network links our mining complex to an airport located at Donaldson, and to warehouses and seaport facilities located at Deception Bay.

Glencore employ approximately 950 full-time workers, many of whom come from local Inuit communities


Best use of renewables for mine transportation – sponsored by canada clean fuels:

Kirkland Lake Gold

Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. Is an intermediate Canadian gold producer with assets in the Kirkland Lake gold camp and east of the Timmins gold camp, both located in the Lower Abitibi Greenstone belt of northeastern Ontario. The Company owns five former high grade gold mines within the Kirkland Lake camp that produced in excess of 22 million ounces at an average grade of 15.1 grams per tonne and controls a strike length of 120 kilometres along the Porcupine-Destor Fault Zone, which has produced in excess of 100 million ounces of gold from Timmins eastwards towards Val d’or in Quebec. The Company currently operates the Macassa Mine Complex, and the Holt, Holloway and Taylor mines and is targeting production of between 270,000 – 290,000 ounces of gold in 2016.


Best use of renewables at a reclaimed mine site:

Teck Resources

The Sullivan Mine operated for almost 100 years, and employed nearly 3,500 people at its peak – more than half the town’s population. When the mine closed in 2001, many people thought the loss of jobs and tax revenue would mark the end of Kimberley. Fast forward to today and through strong community leadership, collaboration, dialogue and planning, the community is still thriving.

In December 2010, the City of Kimberley announced its plan to collaborate with Teck and the ecosmart Foundation to launch the sunmine project, a solar energy test program. Teck provided use of the land and site infrastructure as well as a $2 million contribution towards sunmine, which uses 4032 solar-cell modules mounted on 96 solar trackers that follow sun movement to maximize solar exposure. The system is supplying enough electricity to the BC Hydro grid to power about 200 homes.

Best use of renewables for mine exploration:

Avalon Advanced Materials (formerly Avalon Rare Metals) is a Canadian mineral development company with a primary focus on the rare metals and minerals, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Avalon specializes in niche market metals and minerals with growing demand in new technology. 

Avalon has invested approximately $100 million CAD into the Nechalacho Project, located on Thor Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada. The company continues to investigate several optimisation programs to increase metal recoveries and reduce costs, while further reducing the impact on the environment.

The success of these initiatives is demonstrated by the total rare earth recovery in the concentration plant, which has been increased from 78% to over 91.5%. The recovery of heavy rare earths in the hydrometallurgical plant was also raised to over 93% from approximately 50% in the Feasibility Study. A refinement to the crushing and milling circuit at the concentrator has also resulted in a sizable reduction of the energy consumed by these processes (900mwh/annum), which translates not only into cost savings, but also to lower diesel consumption on site. A pyrohydrolysis process has been introduced and is expected to result in potential reagent consumption savings of approximately 80% for hydrochloric acid, 90% for magnesium oxide and almost a complete elimination of calcium carbonate.

Collectively, these improvements to the efficiency of the metallurgical processes for the Nechalacho Project can contribute to Avalon’s sustainability achievements by reducing reagent use, waste generation, energy consumption and GHG generation.


Renewables in mining – project of the year:

Sandfire Resources

The degrussa Copper-Gold Mine, located 900km north-east of Perth in Western Australia, is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s premier, high-grade copper mines. Construction and development of the Project was completed in 2012.

The degrussa Copper-Gold Mine is expected to become a world-leading reference site for the use of renewable energy in the mining industry following the construction of a 10.6MW solar power station in 2016.

The project comprises a 10.6MW solar array utilising 34,080 solar panels over 20 hectares. It uses single-axis tracking technology, combined with 6MW of short term battery storage and will be located near the site of the current degrussa underground mine and 1.5Mtpa Concentrator.

The project is expected to achieve savings in the consumption of diesel fuel and will deliver a significant environmental benefit for degrussa, reducing its CO2 emissions by an estimated 12,000 tonnes per year.

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Dec 3, 2020

Net zero benefits the mining industry and the environment

digital mining
Dan Brightmore
3 min
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace.
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace...

How do we get the world to net-zero faster?

Emitwise’s founders, Mauro Cozzi, Eduardo Gómez and Ben Peddie, approached a network of more than 100 of the world's largest enterprises and asked their CEOs, CFOs, and sustainability managers the big question: How do we get the world to net-zero faster? The challenge many shared was the lack of timely and accurate emissions data to enable strategic decisions. Companies often relied on annual audits of their carbon footprint for carbon accounting purposes. However, static yearly results were outdated upon publishing.

Emitwise saves companies an average of 260 working days a year by automating their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions data. With the added benefits of clean audit trails and auto-populated accounting reports in line with GHG Protocol, all at the click of a button. Their easy to use solution enables businesses to quickly identify the carbon hotspots to target, and the precise real-time data empowers teams to remain agile and respond effectively, making achieving those goals possible.

Unique AI Technology

Emitwise’s unique AI technology empowers businesses to automatically measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint across their operations and supply chain, future-proofing companies for a zero-carbon world. It is the only solution that enables companies to fully automate their carbon accounting across all business units and suppliers, therefore liberating them from the drudgery of collecting and processing emissions data.

By using artificial intelligence to precisely measure emissions in real-time, businesses can identify and tackle carbon hotspots swiftly, enabling them to devise a trackable roadmap to net-zero carbon. At the same time, accurate audit trails and auto-populated annual reports ensure that companies comply with international reporting requirements, and align businesses with global climate targets to mitigate risk across their operations and supply chain. 

The Oren Marketplace

Environmental management, social license to operate, safety, renewable energy to lower emissions and operational efficiency for mining can be supported by a range of digital solutions enabling dynamic operations. To address these issues, Shell and IBM joined forces to create the Oren Marketplace – the first B2B solutions platform for the mining sector. 

With the adoption of many of the digital solutions offered through Oren, mining companies can adapt in real-time to risks or adjust plans ahead of a problem occurring. The goal is a shift towards proactive management as the optimal outcome for all stakeholders – community, shareholders, and employees.

Emitwise was founded with the goal of helping industries across all sectors reduce their carbon footprint. Similarly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. And Oren is focused on offering innovative products and services that can help mining companies track and reduce their emissions. 

“Oren is the starting point for how we help our mining customers to de-carbonise,” explains Carol Chen, Global Lubricants Marketing, Vice President, Shell. “It’s our ambition to work with sectors like mining to help them find their own pathway to net-zero emissions through collaboration. The Oren marketplace offers a great opportunity for collaboration between the miners and technology companies that are joining this digital marketplace.” 

Web Summit

Emitwise will be showcasing its vision for a net-zero future live from Lisbon at this year’s Web Summit. Bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, the online event welcomes 100,000+ attendees from around the world to hear from more than 800 speakers and view offerings from 2,500 startups covering a vast range of topics from Data Science and Climate Change to AI and Machine Learning. To find out more and book your ticket visit Web Summit. 

Emitwise is one of many solutions providers on the Oren platform seeking to address the pain points and environmental concerns of heavy industries like mining. To discover a range of solutions that can further support your operation’s digital transformation and commitment to sustainability, visit the Oren Marketplace.

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