The programme was launched in 2015 as part of the basic automation of operations. Its key objective is to build an effective contingency planning and automated, ongoing monitoring system with aligned KPIs. In 2020,
Successes of the Technology Breakthrough programme
Timelines: 2015 – April 2021
Technology Breakthrough 2.0 programme goals
Timelines: 2020 – 2024
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
The ability to determine the precise metal content of the mined ore enables downstream operations to be further optimised and
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.