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CEEC Mineral Processing and Innovation Workshop
The CEEC Mineral Processing and Innovation workshop in Adelaide, South Australia, on 19 June, was hailed as one of the best yet, shining a spotlight on renewable energy projects and emerging technologies as well as sharing practical options for enhancing energy efficiency and productivity.
CEEC Director Joe Pease said many attendees were surprised by the latest developments in renewable energy generation and storage and the cost competitiveness of hybrid installations at remote mine sites.
The full day workshop ignited engaged, interactive discussion on how to apply Energy Curves, productivity and energy efficiency improvement ideas, and the latest developments in new gen energy supply. A recurring theme from participants was support for stronger collaboration to advance energy- and water-efficient solutions and maintain environmental and social licence to operate.
As well as energy experts – Keith Barker, EDL Energy; Richard Webster, SA Department for Energy and Mining; and Alfonso Chinnici, The University of Adelaide – the event featured presentations and panel contributions from mining leaders Andrew Cole and Steve McClare, OZ Minerals. A strong line-up of comminution and processing luminaries were also on the bill: Penny Stewart, PETRA Data Science; Enzo Artone, BHP; Rob Dunne, Bear Rock Solutions; Sandy Gray, Gekko Systems; Joe Seppelt, OZ Minerals; Greg Lane, Ausenco; Bill Skinner, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia; AusIMM President Janine Herzig; Joe Pease, Mineralis, and Marcin Ziemski, University of Queensland.
Proceedings kicked off over breakfast with a keynote address from OZ Minerals CEO and MD, Andrew Cole. Andrew’s inspiring presentation on Building a Smarter Energy Future emphasised the need for a collaborative approach to address challenges and plan for uncertainty.
“I see this as a cultural challenge, not a technical challenge. I would argue that we need to build our culture, systems, relationships and how we work to be able to pivot quickly. So, it’s not technical knowhow, but culture that allows us to adapt.”
One problem was that mining companies don’t generally collaborate, he said.
“Our industry needs to build our brand and work together, or we are in trouble. We need to do more together as an industry, rather than individually as a company.”
Andrew shared how OZ Minerals was unlocking value through an Energy and Mining Collaboration with The University of Adelaide, CSIRO, SA Department for Energy and Mining, Rocky Mountain Institute, SunSHIFT and Tonsley Innovation Precinct. The collaboration’s first project is to trial a hybrid energy generation solution facility at the Carrapateena Copper-Gold project, 160km north of Port Augusta, in an area separate from the operating plant and mine, demarcated for piloting and prototyping.
The trial 250 kW hybrid energy solution facility will include solar, wind and a lithium ion battery. It will be integrated with a diesel power plant, demand management technologies and an electric light vehicle charging station to allow the ongoing testing of energy hypothesis.
Construction of the hybrid energy solution facility is expected to take place in the first half of 2020, and the Energy and Mining Collaboration aims to create a broad membership, open to all who want to participate – establishing a true partnership model that fosters collaboration towards shared goals in the mining industry and beyond; unlocking transformational value.
“Anybody is welcome to test, trial and pilot new technologies at the Carrapateena site, as long as they share the results,” Andrew said.
Read the full report with photos at: www.ceecthefuture.org
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