Mining and Minerals Processing
SLR energy consultants have
experience across a range of mining and minerals processing including coal,
iron ore, copper and phosphates. As well as energy consultants, SLR Consulting
have a well-established mining and minerals practice area which can provide in
depth support for mine operations and processing to hydrogeology and mine
development. By combining these two practice areas SLR can provide a
comprehensive energy, water, carbon and environmental service to mining and
SLR consultants can offer:
- Energy audits for
corporate organisations, individual sites, processes and unit operations.
Experience has covered batch and continuous operations.
- Integral programs
including the skill sets of carbon and energy management with mining and
- Development of energy
saving opportunities across all processes and unit operations
- Training in aspects of
- Modelling of process
flowsheets and processes.
- Metering, monitoring and
targeting specification and data analysis.
- Engagement and training
of senior managers, engineers and operators.
- Development of bespoke
tools to help prioritise and track implementation
- Energy management systems
development and implementation.
Example projects include:
- Global program for mining
and minerals company across UK, Europe, Middle East, North America and China.
Structured and technical process and operational analysis of conventional
energy and water consumption. By taking a more holistic approach it was
possible to justify additional energy efficiency projects which would not have
been justified on energy savings alone. Typical opportunities identified
included: heat recovery, compressed air, embedded generation, motors and
drives, materials handling, complex process optimisation. Over the last two
years implemented projects and changes have realised over £12M verified
- Combined water, carbon
and energy efficiency programme for 3 copper mines and processing plants in
South America. Up to 130 opportunities were identified at each site. A tool for
portfolio and scenario analysis was developed to allow any combination of
projects to be considered over life of asset, with different production, costs
and energy supply constraints
- Water and energy
efficiency study for an iron ore miner in Australia, with the objective to
enable doubling of production with minimum additional water or energy