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Many mineral processing plants are being designed and operated at less than optimal energy efficiency. This is happening at a time of rising energy and processing costs, declining ore grades, stakeholder concerns about energy and carbon footprints and ongoing pressure to maintain profits year-on-year.
Yet many mines do not fully appreciate the benefits of improved energy efficiency, nor is there strong awareness of the relative ease with which some efficiency measures may be introduced.
Roadmap to lower energy costs
Comminution is the most energy intensive activity on most mine sites. It describes the way newly mined ore is crushed or ground into a product of the required size for processing.
Recognising that action was needed to help minerals processing operations seize the opportunity to improve comminution energy efficiency, 37 international mineral industry experts collaborated to produce a roadmap outlining the major focus areas needed to develop a siteís energy efficiency strategy.
The roadmap describes the benefits of comminution energy efficiency, the obstacles to achieving better outcomes and, most importantly, provides direction on how to improve performance.
If you are a senior decision maker at a minerals processing operation, the roadmap for eco-efficient comminution provides a template for developing a strategy for comminution energy efficiency at any mine site.
The roadmap is clear, easy to read and outlines the benefits that can be gained. Interested readers can access the roadmap, an Infographic and explanatory video via the CEEC website at www.ceecthefuture.org/resource-center/ceec-roadmap/
Four key elements in a comminution energy efficiency strategy
Using the roadmap to develop a strategy, reductions in comminution energy consumption of 15-30% can be achieved in the short term (eg current operations or brownfield development), 50% within 10 years, and possibly more over the longer term.
Improving comminution energy efficiency provides a wide range of benefits
To discuss the unique collaborative effort behind the development of the Roadmap, the four stages and how they are applied to delivering improved energy efficient comminution in mining, please contact CEECís Executive Officer Sarah Boucaut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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