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Implementation Strategies for Energy Effectiveness and Sustainability – Example of Anglo American Platinum


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Author O Bascur and A Soudek


Large metallurgical complexes are substantial users
of energy, water and assets. To improve the effectiveness of energy and assets
the quality of the data and events become paramount for real-time operational
management. A lack of resources at the local operations and at the enterprise
makes it impossible to process the sea of information and many projects have
failed. As such, a novel approach for implementation of continuous improvements
at the local level and innovations at the strategic level was implemented at all
operating plants at Anglo American Platinum. Sixteen concentrators, three
smelters and two refinery process systems were integrated to scale the
information for manufacturing services at the local and enterprise level. The
new capability of an enterprise real-time monitoring and diagnosis software
infrastructure was available to implement many business strategies in tandem.
Mineral and metallurgical processing knowledge is used to simplify the
implementation of the data model. As such, asset monitoring, energy, production
and process control management were implemented in an integrated approach
reusing the same data but with different context and time horizons to have a
standard methodology for local root cause analysis. This paper will highlight a
sustainability management approach to change and empower the local and strategic
team to collaborate using a new approach for adaptive reporting and
condition-based event management and notifications. The results based on the
integrated and collaborative team efforts will be presented. OSIsoft Plant
Information system was installed and configured to achieve a targeted reduction
in energy consumption of 15 per cent by 2015.


Bascur, O and Soudek, A, 2014. Implementation strategies
for energy effectiveness and sustainability – example of Anglo American
Platinum, in Proceedings 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2014 , pp 101–108 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).