May 17, 2020

De Beers to Utilize Driverless Trucks at Venetia Diamond Mine

De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM)
De Beers
Venetia mine
De Beers
2 min
De Beers to Implement Driverless Trucks at its Venetia Diamond Mine
Diamond extraordinaire De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is moving forward with plans to operate an automated driverless truck-haulage system as part o...

Diamond extraordinaire De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is moving forward with plans to operate an automated driverless truck-haulage system as part of its $1.8 billion investment at its Venetia underground mine in South Africa.

DBCM CEO Phillip Barton said the company will use similar automation technology it used at the formerly-owned Finsch diamond mine, which is now owned by Petra Diamonds.

"We're certainly taking the learnings that we had out of Finsch mine forward and incorporating them into the design of the Venetia underground mine," Barton said. "The Venetia underground project at the moment provides for a driverless truck loop."

In addition to driverless technology, DBCM will install vertical shafts and decline shaft at the diamond mine, incorporating other mining techniques to hit its expected 5.9 million tons of ore a year.

Many people expect De Beers to implement more than just driverless trucks at the mine site. The company could potentially employ a vast amount of automation, including drills and haulage trains with plant controllers that monitor operations remotely from central control stations.

“Finsch taught us some good lessons and we’ll continue to look at technology as it develops and as we develop the mine. We will only consider proven technology,” Barton said.

The Venetia mine will initially operate as open-pit until 2021, and then the company will transform it into an underground operation until 2046. De Beers expects to produce 96 million carats of diamonds during the lifetime of the mine.

The $1.8 million investment by DBCM is reflective of the group’s confidence in South African as an investment destination, helping a country with the capacity turn the project into a positive account. The mine is expected to contribute $7.9 billion directly and $19.9 billion indirectly towards the South African economy in between 2012 and 2043.

The Venetia mine will support 8,000 jobs directly and a further 5,000 through the supply chain.

Since opening in 1992, the Venetia mine has easily become South Africa’s largest and richest diamond mine. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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