BHP Billiton building remote operations centre in Brisbane
The company opened its first IRO...
Mining giants BHP Biliton is creating an integrated remote operations centre (IROC) for its coal business in Brisbane.
The company opened its first IROC in Perth in 2013 in a bid to increase its ‘real-time visibility across it’s Pilbara operations” to help grow its iron ore production.
The facility included innovative technology such as a mine fleet management system, train control and fixed plant control systems for mine and port operations, as well as CCTV and radio systems to communicate across remote sites.
At the time, BHP Billiton’s Iron Ore President Jimmy Wilson said the facility also included an innovative Production Visibility Tool which “gives an overview of the entire Western Australian Iron Ore network at a glance"
"This is a milestone in technology and innovation for Iron Ore and centralises control of our Pilbara-based mine, fixed plant, train and port operations in one location," BHP Billiton's Iron Ore President Jimmy Wilson said.
"For the first time we can see our total supply chain, in real-time and in one place, enabling us to proactively make the right decisions for the whole business."
The news of the new facility comes after BHP Billiton recently announced its path to improve returns in its coal business, “unlocking productivity, reducing costs and releasing latent capacity.”
BHP Billiton’s coal business has delivered over $3billion since 2012 and the company is now targeting another $600 million by the end of 2017.
Watch: BHP Billiton “join the Coal Integrated Remote Operations Centre team”
Axora launches global challenge for digital technology
Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.
The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.
“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.
“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”
The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge
Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.
“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.
Improving productivity, safety and sustainability
Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.
To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.