Vedanta copper mine restart backed by Tasmanian government
The Tasmania government has announced that it will help Anil Agrawal-promoted Vedanta restart a suspended copper mine, two years after the suspension was enforced.
"The operation of the mine has gone into care and maintenance mode and we hope will re-open in 2017 with state support and we can provide assistance to ensure they can continue to operate the mine in the future," said Premier Will Hodgman in an interview with the economic times.
The mine in question, the Mt Lyell copper mine, was suspended in 2014 following the death of two maintenance workers the previous year. Run through a subsidiary of Vedanta, Copper Mines of Tasmania, the restart could bring about over 300 jobs and an output of 100,000 of copper per annum.
“It is an important opportunity for us to demonstrate our support to Vedanta, the Copper Mines of Tasmania,” says Hodgman.
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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.