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Mines and Technology 2017 conference


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Tony O’Neill explains our FutureSmart Mining approach to innovation and sustainable mining to assembled delegates at the London event.

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Mines and Technology 2017 conference

  1. 1. 1 FUTURESMART MINING™ Tony O’Neill Group Technical Director
  2. 2. 2 MINING IS ON THE CUSP OF GAME-CHANGING INNOVATION Unprecedented opportunity for those prepared to take a fresh approach Anglo American has a portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources and a rich heritage of technology and innovation that spans 100 years. Diamonds (De Beers), Copper, Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), Iron Ore & Manganese, Coal, Nickel Mining innovation is driven by increasingly critical challenges ▪ safety ▪ productivity ▪ sustainability
  3. 3. 3 40kg Cu A NEW PARADIGM Waste Ore Cu Water Energy 1t 1t 4% 3m3 10kWhr 24t 8t 0.5% 6m3 160kWhr Waste Ore Cu Water Energy 1900 2017 Future
  4. 4. 4 FUTURESMART MINING™ IS REDEFINING THE MINING INNOVATION CYCLE CREATING SHARED VALUE THROUGH THE SMART ADAPTATION AND APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY Consider entire value chain. 3 lenses: •Sustainability (water, energy) •Processing •Mining GRASP CHALLENGES IDEATE •Open Forums •Internal participation •Open and collaborative CONSOLIDATE •Technology Programmes •Value defined •Balance delivery over time DELIVER •Rapid delivery cycles (SmartPath) •Learning plans •SmartBox VALUE IDENTIFICATION COLLABORATION FAST, ITERATIVE EXECUTION
  5. 5. 5 THE CONCENTRATED MINE Precisely targeting the metal and mineral with less waste Moving and processing only the mineral / metal VISION CHALLENGE Precision mining with minimal energy, water and capital intensity APPROACH Concentrate the mine™ concept: •Improved mine fragmentation •Rejecting the worthless rock (gangue) earlier •Coarse particle recovery Fine particle recovery
  6. 6. 6 THE WATERLESS MINE Waterless processing Dry processing without the need for tailings dams VISION CHALLENGE Around 75% of our current portfolio is located in high-water-risk regions APPROACH •Closed Loop water recycling •Evaporation control •Dry tailings disposal
  7. 7. 7 MODERN MINE Continuous, hard rock mining for safer, more economic mines MN220 Reef Miner (Pictured) Remote controlled disc cutting machine designed for mining narrow reefs of hard rock The Rapid Mine Development System (RMDS) Safely excavates low-profile tunnels with rapid access to ore Underground testing is advanced at our platinum mines Continuous haulage system (CHS) A remote controlled system to transfer bulk material from the RMDS to the fixed conveyors Slot Borer Platinum reef drilling system for drilling narrow vein hard rock ore body of just 1m-1.5m A safer, more economic mine VISION
  8. 8. 8 A safer, more economic mine VISION CHALLENGE Precise, continuous mining at depth APPROACH •Adapt disruptive technologies •Mechanise existing methods •Continuous hard rock cutting and materials movement MODERN MINE Transforming hard rock mining
  9. 9. 9 Predictive intelligence VISION CHALLENGE Predict and shape operational outcomes APPROACH •Digital planning & work management •Predictive condition-based monitoring and maintenance •Advanced process control •Automation THE INTELLIGENT MINE A smart, connected, learning mine
  10. 10. 10 DIGITAL MINING Digital provides an opportunity to transform current mining methods OPPORTUNITY Mining’s digital potential lies in leveraging a unique combination of digital and physical assets APPROACH • The use of modelling & simulation (“digital twins”) • Improving the current business model (assets, processes and people) • Standard use of machine learning Modern mining VISION
  11. 11. 11 DIGITAL INNOVATION Mining’s true digital potential lies beyond digital transition OPPORTUNITY Digital innovation can create a new business model APPROACH • Digitise the value chain to shift boundaries • Create new markets • Disrupt the old business model A new business model for mining VISION
  12. 12. 12 Source: The future of work: A journey to 2022, PWC. Deloitte Millennial Survey 2015. Five ways work will change in the future. The Guardian. Nov 2015. INNOVATION AND NEW WAYS OF WORKING
  13. 13. 13 THANK YOU