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, Nornickel launched a new programme, Technology Breakthrough 2.0.

Successes of the Technology Breakthrough programme

Timelines: 2015 – April 2021

Technology Breakthrough 2.0 programme goals

Timelines: 2020 – 2024

More details on automation and the Technology Breakthrough programme
Underground Infrastructure and Dispatch

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.

Underground Infrastructure and Dispatch

The progress of the mining and ore transportation plan is continuously monitored online. These measures enhanced production culture and execution discipline.

Solution effectiveness

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.

Operational efficiency growth areas of Technology Breakthrough 2.0
Improved production asset performance Reliability managementEBITDA@RISK modellingWorkload managementImproved energy efficiencyEnergy managementEnergy balanceLights-out/autonomous operationAutomatic management of self-propelled drilling rigs during extraction and shaft sinking operationsAutonomous remote management of electric locomotive haulageAutonomous remote management of self-propelled diesel vehiclesImproved efficiency of mining and exploration operations Processing and analysis of mining and geological dataLicence risk managementProduction planning and management Precious metal balanceInventory and semi-product movement accountingManagement of ore dressing, charge blending, and concentration processes with forecastingDay-to-day planning of mining and metallurgical operationsModelling the content of valuable components in the ore released and optimising the release strategyOccupational safetyOccupational healthSmart PPE and intelligent analyticsContractor management Mobile solutionsDigital model to manage CAPEX projects Digital construction controlNetgroup managementInteractive and analytical reportsDatabase of resource and process modelsIP asset managementInvesting activitiesProcess data analysisEnvironmental protection
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