ALROSA Plans Innovation Centre for Diamond Industry X-ray Equipment
Russian diamond miner ALROSA has approved plans for the construction of an innovation centre designed to expand capacities for the production of unique x-ray equipment for the industry.
The project is to be handled by OJSC NPP Bourevestnik, ALROSA’s branch in Saint-Petersburg.
Bourevestnik is engaged in design and manufacturing of the x-ray luminescent equipment for diamond recovery for ALROSA and third-party customers and holds around 25 percent of the global market for x-ray separators.
Since 2009 the proceeds of Bourevestnik from the sale of its equipment have increased threefold and amounted to some RUB 700 million in 2013.
The company is looking to expand its capacity which has not been possible of late due to depreciation of fixed assets. Market research also suggests a need for new equipment in the diamond industry.
The new innovation centre will be built on the Special Economic Zone Novoorlovskaya in Saint Petersburg, with the ALROSA expecting the new capacity to generate more than two million roubles a year.
Vladimir Tsvetkov, General Director of OJSC NPP Bourevestnik, said: “The analysis carried out shows that the production relocation to a new site is more cost-effective compared to upgrading the existing facilities.
“Smaller floor-space, cost-saving due to the implementation of manufacturing methods, and significant tax benefits within the Special Economic Zone, will allow us to raise labor productivity, create comfortable working environment for the employees, and implement the new equipment development objectives.”
In 2013, ALROSA produced 36.9 million carats of rough diamonds and revenue amounted to RUB 168.5 billion.
Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal
Coal India Limited (CIL) has appointed Accenture Solutions to digitally transform seven of its open-cast mines as the company strives to improve performance and increase coal production. Accenture is due to lay down digitalisation groundwork until March 2022.
The deal aims to increase coal production by 100 million tonnes (MT) by the end of FY’23. Once the minimum quantity has been surpassed, an agreed sum will be paid to the consultant for every additional sum of coal produced. This success fee will only be paid on the procurement of the minimum assured quantity.
The move will see heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) fitted with digital sensors to monitor performance efficiency at all levels. Additionally, modern data analytic techniques aim to increase mine productivity and project monitoring through functional system management and effective observation.
An Exciting Venture For Global Mining
CIL, which aims to provide energy security in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, hopes the move will help transform the entire business of mining operations and ensure higher volumes of coal are acquired at a lower cost.
“This is a first of its kind initiative by the company utilising digitalisation to ramp up coal output,” CIL has said.
A Digital Step Towards Enhanced Performance
Digitalisation is expected to take place at open-cast mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of Southern Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Migahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, and Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL). Nearly 32% (188 MT) of CIL’s 596 MT output in FY’21 was accounted for by the seven selected mines. However, this new deal is set to see a large increase following the subsequent digital changes due to be made.
“Learning from the outcome and success of this model, we may replicate it in our other large mines,” says CIL, optimistic about the future following the modernisation of their mining.
It is expected that the move will help address roadblocks and guarantee corrective measures are put into place, ensuring the company is able to move forward with its aim of increasing output whilst remaining sustainable and eco-friendly.