In 2018, a separate programme was spun off from the Technology Breakthrough programme — Underground Infrastructure and Mining Operations Dispatch, which comprised six IT projects to be implemented between July 2018 and December 2020. In 2020, all systems went live across all sites covered by the programme.
The progress of the mining and ore transportation plan is continuously monitored online. These measures enhanced production culture and execution discipline.
By the end of 2020, upon completion of the Technology Breakthrough and Underground infrastructure and Mining Operations Dispatch programmes, the Company implemented unique solutions that improved production management efficiency. The solutions were deployed across all operations, from ore mining to metals production. Technology Breakthrough 2.0 builds on previously-launched initiatives and consolidates their achievements.
The ability to determine the precise metal content of the mined ore enables downstream operations to be further optimised and metal recovery to be maximised without loss and at minimal cost.
The mine simulation model can simulate the implementation of the annual programme in less than 10 minutes.
Economic benefits include savings on purchases of mining equipment.
Contingency planning of mining operations and 3D mine design are also unlocked.
We implemented 129 metering points for all types of energy: electricity, heat, hot and cold water, natural gas, oxygen, and compressed air.
Economic benefits are driven by eliminating charges for peak energy consumption.