CASE STUDIES

SHOWCASE:
PULP AND PAPER (MODELLING & ANALYTICS)​

Key challenge

Frequent shutdowns due to boiler fouling and evaporator scaling

Project objective​

Frequent shutdowns due to boiler fouling and evaporator scaling

Solution implemented​

Developed new algorithm

Discipline and solution agnostic​

Business value

USD11 million net profit improvement per annum

SHOWCASE:
UNDERGROUND MINING (P&P 100-DAY PROJECTS)

Key challenge

Operational sustainability due to financial and market pressures​

Project objective​

100-day project​
• Production and cost-savings​
• Mining and engineering disciplines​

Achievements

Mining

Engineering

Business value

Total monthly savings of USD425,372 or R6.3 million

SHOWCASE:
MINING PROCESSING (Modelling and people)​

Key challenge

Inadequate control reduced throughput​
• Challenge identified while improving equipment reliability

People

• Leadership alignment and prioritisation of strategic initiatives using a Techno Economic Model/Digital Twin of the plant​
• Just in time experiential learning​
• 100 day projects​

Solution implemented

Developed control algorithms

Business Benefit

Reduced equipment downtime by 96%
Sustainable performance improvement through enhanced capacity and capability

PRODUCTION IMPROVEMENT:
PLATINUM SMELTER​

Key challenge

Ageing smelter bottleneck in Platinum production chain

Project objective

Improve production output to a P101 target

Solution implemented

Business value

Production improvements of up to 5% have been achieved to date

UNIT COST IMPROVEMENT:
OPEN PIT DIAMOND MINE

Key challenge

Production constrained by market, unit cost lagging benchmarks

Project objective

Improve unit cost of production

Solution implemented

Business value

7% maintenance cost reduction

SHOWCASE:
POWER UTILITY FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

Key challenge

Major power utility with under- maintained ageing plant at risk of balance sheet impairment

Project objective

Independent technical audit of major power utility long-term cash generating capability

Solution implemented

Techno-economic model

Business value

Balance sheet impairment decision informed

SHOWCASE:
UNDERGROUND PLATINUM MINING

Key challenge

Operational sustainability due to financial and market pressures

Project objective

Reduce unit production cost

Achievements

Mining

Engineering

Business value

Improved unit production cost from 4th quartile to 2nd quartile of peer mines