Rio Tinto bolsters IT systems with $20 million Empired deal
Under the three year deal, which includes two separate one year options, Empired will provide the mining organization with application support and project services for more than 170 unique applications, which are largely technical systems used in the management of field operations spanning mining, processing, rail and port facilities.
Several of the technologies include legacy platforms, Oracle, Microsoft.Net, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft CRM.
“We are delighted to be trusted by an organization as prestigious as Rio Tinto to manage applications that are critical to the efficient operation of one of the world’s largest mining operations,” said Russell Baskerville, Empired’s managing director,
“This award speaks volumes about the quality of services currently being provided by Empired to Rio Tinto under the TST program and I would like to thank all our staff for their professionalism and dedication to Empired and our clients.”
“I am also pleased to see our extended Microsoft capability through the acquisitions of OBS, eSavvy and Intergen leveraged to provide a seamless and cohesive solution to Rio Tinto. These acquisitions have been pivotal to our strategy and this win vindicates our strategy to leverage the broader capability to win large multi-year contracts.”
“Rio Tinto continues to present a great opportunity to Empired and we are focused on working with them to identify areas where we can assist Rio Tinto to deliver on its stated business objectives.”
Earlier this year, Rio signed a deal with Accenture to migrate its core enterprise IT systems to the cloud. The deal included modernization of Rio’s existing enterprise resourcing planning (ERP), information management platforms and consolidating applications in the public cloud.The deal alsoincluded incorporating consumption based pricing to ensure costs are fully flexible and in line with business demand.
Rio Tinto and Alcoa begin construction with ELYSIS tech
Eliminating all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting has taken a major step forward with the start of construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells of ELYSIS’ inert anode technology, at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.
ELYSIS has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of aluminium production
ELYSIS is a joint venture company led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa that is developing a new breakthrough technology, known as inert anode, that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen.
The technology has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.
The inert anode prototype cells will operate on a commercial scale typical for large modern aluminium smelters, using an electrical current of 450 kiloamperes (kA).
The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry joined representatives from ELYSIS, Rio Tinto and Alcoa to mark the start of construction and announce a further CAD $20mn financial contribution from the Government of Canada to support the project.
The federal government's financial support will enable the creation of a unique commercial size inert anode technology showroom for future customers and will help develop the supply chain by involving local and regional equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the project.
ELYSIS is working to complete the technology demonstration by 2024 followed by the commercialization activities.
ELYSIS technology at a glance:
- The ELYSIS technology addresses the global trend towards producing low carbon footprint products, from mobile phones to cars, planes and building materials.
- The new process will reduce operating costs ofaluminiumsmelters while increasing production capacity. It could be used in both new and existing aluminium smelters.
- In Canada alone, the ELYSIS technology has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 7 million tons, the equivalent of removing 1.8 million cars from the roads.
- ELYSIS will also sell next-generation anode and cathode materials, which will last more than 30 times longer than traditional components.
Alcoa and Rio Tinto will continue to support the ELYSIS development program alongside the Governments of Canada and Quebec.
ELYSIS is working closely with Alcoa's Technical Center, where the zero-carbon smelting technology was invented, and the Rio Tinto technology design team in France.
Alcoa's Technical Center supports ELYSIS in the manufacture of proprietary materials for the new anodes and cathodes that are essential to the ELYSIS process. The Rio Tinto technology team in France is creating commercial scale designs for the ELYSIS technology.
Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS commented: “This is a great day for ELYSIS. It means that we are becoming the first technology company in the world to build commercial-size inert anode cells. While we refine the technology in our R&D Centre, we start the construction of our prototype cells. This shows our confidence in our process and in the know-how of our team. The combination of ELYSIS' zero CO2 technology and Quebec's renewable energy will be great competitive advantage for the future. I would like to thank the government for its support and all the partners for their commitment.”
Samir Cairae, Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations and ELYSIS board member added: “Today marks a real step towards the future of the aluminium industry, by progressing this breakthrough technology to cut carbon emissions. Rio Tinto is committed to supporting its ongoing development here in Quebec where we already use clean hydropower to deliver some of the world’s lowest carbon aluminium. Combining this technology with renewable hydropower holds the promise of zero carbon aluminium smelting.”